Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5 (NIV)
Thanks And Praise
You have all my thanks and praise. Why is that? Why do I have all your thanks and praise? You have all my thanks and praise because of your great mercy. You saved me. You rescued me from a life without you. You took me off of the path that led away from you. You pursued me. You would not let me go. You sought me out. You pulled my life out of the darkness and brought me into your marvelous light. Without you, my life had no purpose or meaning. Without you, my life had no direction. Without you, I was bruised and battered and broken. Without you, I was lost and without hope in both this life and the next. You would not let me remain in such condition. You drew me to yourself. You turned my life around. You redeemed and healed and restored my life. You forgave my sins. You cleansed my unrighteousness. You set my life on solid ground. You have filled my life with joy. You have given me a brand-new life to live both now and forever. My future with your is secure. You have an inheritance waiting for me. You have prepared a place for me in heaven that is being kept and guarded by your power. You have given me a faith in you that is shielding me from every evil as I walk through life with you. Yes, I have done and am doing all of these things for you. That is why my heart is filled to overflowing with thanks and praise to you. That is very good.
I have more to say. What’s that? The thanks and praise I have in my heart demands more than my words. What do you have in your heart and on your mind? I want to be fully devoted to you. I am filled with that desire. Your love for me has made me want to love you with all that is within me. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. So, my words alone will not be the only way I express my thanks and praise to you. I will be fully devoted to you. I will be at your disposal. I will be ready for your use. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask of me. May all that I am and all that I hope to be give you thanks and praise though all my thoughts and words and actions. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, with a heart filled with thanksgiving, I will give you all my praise for your great mercy! You saved me. Thank you for securing a place in heaven for me that is kept and guarded by your power. My life of salvation, with you, has already begun. Amen
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