What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32 (NIV)
What is your response? What would you like to say about all that I have graciously given to you? What would you like to say about all that I have done for you? What I want to say can in no way express how thankful I am for all that you have given to me. Any words that I would say would be completely inadequate in response to all that you have done for me. I’m really left speechless rather being full of words. I feel more drawn to sit silently and thankfully in your presence. This feels like one of those times that I need your Holy Spirit to pray for me because I am without words to express how profoundly thankful that I am to you.
The idea that you are “for me” overwhelms me. Somehow, I haven’t fully taken that thought in. I want to rest in that thought and savor it and take it in with you. You being so “for me” is the only explanation for what you have given to me and what you have done for me. What have I given you? What have I done for you? Lets talk about that. You have made it possible for my sins to be forgiven. You have cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. I am clean in your sight. I no longer need to live under condemnation. You have set me free from the power of sin over my life. I no longer live and walk in bondage to sin. I can now live in a close and intimate relationship with you. I can talk to you. I can hear your voice speaking to me. I love you with all my heart and soul and mind. You are my Father and I am your child. Yes, you are. As your child I feel comfortable telling you that my words cannot fully express all the love and gratitude I have for you. How could I every adequately express all my thanks to you? What you have done for me extends far beyond now into all eternity. Now, I know in part what you have done for me. Someday, I will know in full all that you have given to me. Yes, you will. This is when I will fully realize that you have given me all things, isn’t it? Yes, it is.
I could say more about what you have given me and what you have done for me. Go ahead. I’m thankful that your Holy Spirit is living inside of me. Why is that? Your Holy Spirit is changing my heart and transforming my mind. He is helping me to think your thoughts. He is giving me the desire to do your will. He is making me to be like your Son Jesus Christ. There is nothing that I want more in this world than to live in ways that please you. These thoughts and feelings I have are the work of your Holy Spirit in me. Yes, He is doing all of this for you. Your Holy Spirit is also like a deposit guaranteeing that I have a future and an inheritance in heaven with you. That’s right. You can hold on to that through whatever storm comes your way in life. Yes, I can and yes I do and yes I will. I know that because you are for me nothing will be able to stand against me. You are on my side. You will bring me through everything that life brings my way. Then one day very soon I will come to live with you forever. Yes, you will.
If my words are inadequate in expressing my thanks, which they are, I’m hoping that an open invitation for you to use my life according to your purposes and plans will say some of the thanks that my words cannot. I’m here. I’m all yours. Use me for your kingdom and your glory. Yes, I will.
Father, thank you for being for me. You have not held back on giving me good things. You have forgiven and freed me from sin. You have adopted me as your child. You are helping me to think your thoughts and making me to be like your son. I am so grateful. Amen
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