Are you grateful? As THANKSGIVING approaches, we’re reminded to be thankful. Have you tried to make a list of reasons to be grateful? May I suggest a 30 day challenge of being thankful. Here is my list for the first 9 days of November.
30 days of Thanksgiving.
What are you thankful for?
Titus 2:11-12 KJV
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
I’m grateful for Rain.
Matthew 5:45 KJV
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
I’m grateful for the ADVOCATE, Christ Jesus, who makes ATONEMENT.
1 John 2:1-5 KJV
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
I’m grateful for TRANSPORTATION so we’re able to GO and peach the gospel.
Mark 16:15-16 KJV
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
I’m grateful for INVOCATION (prayer).
1 John 5:14-15 KJV
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (cf John 9:31)
I’m grateful for THE TEMPLE of God, His body, the church.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 KJ21
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy. For the temple of God is holy, and ye are that temple. (1Peter 2:5)
I’m grateful for the UNDERSTANDABLE Word of God.
Ephesians 3:3-4 KJ21
how by revelation He made known unto me the mystery (as I wrote before in a few words,  whereby when ye read this, ye may understand my knowledge of the mystery of Christ),
(cf. John 20:30-31; Rom 10:17)
I’m grateful for my DEBT to God being paid by Christ, the Propitiation for my sins.
1 John 2:2-4 KJV
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Propitiation= 2434 hilasmós – properly, propitiation; an offering to appease (satisfy) an angry, offended party. 2434 (hilasmós) is only used twice (1Jn 2:2, 4:10) – both times of Christ’s atoning blood that appeases God’s wrath.
I’m grateful for the ELECTION of the saints.
2 Peter 1:10 KJV
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and ELECTION sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Biblical ELECTION is God choosing those who seek Him and obey the Gospel. (Heb 5:8-9; 2Thess 1:7-8). Biblical Election is NOT God randomly choosing individuals to be lost or saved.
He gave His Son to bring the means of salvation to any who will obey Him.
Why are you GRATEFUL?