NUGGETS: Thankfulness

By Jannie Linney

“Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints, in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sin.” [Colossians 1:12-14]

We have so much to be thankful for. “God The Father” has qualified us, so we would have the opportunity available to us to be partakers of salvation and all that salvation provides. If we take advantage of the salvation He provided for us, He has delivered us from the power of darkness. He didn’t say we would never go through dark times. He did say we have been delivered from the power of it. When we accept the awesome life Jesus paid for, He translates us into the Kingdom of His Son Jesus. Then every promise in the Bible is available to us through faith.

In countries that have kings, they understand that scripture better. The people are the subjects of the king. They are submissive to him because they respect him. A king also is responsible for his subjects and sees they are cared for. This is much like our King Jesus. Jesus told us, you don’t work, you don’t eat. That is not to be a hard task master; it is to help us have respect for ourselves. People who work and provide for themselves have a higher self-esteem; they are happier. The Bible states that a man that does not provide for his family is worse than an infidel [1 Tim. 5:8].

We have the choice to resist salvation and we have the choice to resist all that is available to us through salvation. We can choose to lie in the pit of darkness dwelling in depression, self-pity, and hurts, hate, unforgiveness, resentments, sickness and poverty. Yet after reading this scripture, we know we do not have to stay in that place. It is a choice we make. In Christ Jesus those things have no power over us. Those things are of the kingdom of darkness. They are all under the curse of Deuteronomy 27 and 28. If we have invited Jesus into our hearts, then we have been delivered from that awful kingdom. We have been translated into the kingdom of the Son of His Love. We may have dark times but we don’t have to live there. Oh, we may not see the end of darkness instant, but we don’t give in to it.

If your life seems hopeless, and you seem to have no way out, then you are who Jesus is calling to Him; you are one of the ones Jesus died for. You are one of the ones He gave all the promises to. There is hope in Jesus Christ. I am so thankful He was willing to come as man in the flesh and die for me, that my sins could be forgiven. Not only forgiven but totally washed away. He said He does not even remember them. The Bible teaches us, no person is too bad for Jesus to receive into His arms. No sin is too big and black for Him to forgive.

Choose Him and you will be THANKFUL.