Oct 13, 2011

Given

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Forgetfulness about God’s faithfulness to us seems to be a human condition.  The Israelites forgot God as soon as they occupied the Promised Land, followed by a cycle of kindness by the Lord and forgetfulness of that kindness as soon as the distress was gone.

We Christians also find ourselves forgetful about all that God has and is doing for each of us.  We find ourselves facing trials or suffering allowed by the Lord for our benefit and His glory; we call out to him for guidance and deliverance.  He proves His loving care for us and His faithfulness on our behalf; we learn from the experience, and then forget what He has already done when we hit the next snag.

Having found myself in this miserable condition recently, I began to write a list of all the things I could remember that God had and was giving me.  As the list grew long, I was ashamed of my forgetfulness.  This passage came to mind:

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
(Psalm 103:1-2 NASB)

What follows is a list of things that came to mind as I meditated on what God has given:

Breath of Life

Genesis 2:7; Job 12:10; Job 33:4; Isaiah 42:5; Acts 17:25

Blessings of Nature

Psalm 8; Job 12:7-11

A measure of faith

Romans 12:3; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 2:8

Every good and perfect gift

James 1:17

   

Once to die, and then the judgment

Hebrews 9:27

   

His only begotten Son

John 3:16

   

Grace

John 1:17; 1 Corinthians 1:4

Forgiveness

Nehemiah 9:17; Psalm 32:1, Psalm 130:4; Daniel 9:9; Matthew 26:28; Acts 5:31

   

Redemption

Psalm 11:9; Psalm 130:7

Justification

Romans 4:25; Romans 5:18;

Peace with God

Romans 5:1

Peace of God

Philippians 4:7-9

Eternal life

John 3:16; John 3:36

Hope

Romans 15:4, 15:12; 15:13

   

Adoption into God’s Family

Ephesians 1:5; Romans 8:15;

Discipline as God’s Child

Hebrew’s 12:7-9

To suffer for His Name

Philippians 1:29; 3:8

   

The mind of Christ

1 Corinthians 2:16)

   

All that Pertains to life and godliness

2 Peter 1:3

My daily bread

Matthew 16:11

Guidance

Psalm 23)

Deliverance from evil

Psalm 23; Matthew 6:13

   
   

God’s Word

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19

God’s promises

2 Corinthians 1:20; 2Peter 1:)

   

The Holy Spirit as a pledge of things to come for us

Romans 5:1-5; Ephesians 1:13-14 1Corinthians 6:19

Power to be Witnesses of the Gospel

Acts 1:8

Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Self-control, etc.

Galatians 5:22

Gifts of the Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

   

Priesthood

Revelation 1:6, 5:10; 20:6

Kingship

Revelation 5:10; 20:6

To be glorified with Jesus when He is revealed in Glory

Colossians 3:4

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.