Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. PHP 4.4
There is no way we can begin to number the blessings God has heaped upon those who believe in his Son, but here are a few spiritual blessings we should regularly recall, thank God for, and rejoice in:
1. We have eternal life and can never lose it 2. We are one with Christ 3. Jesus has paid for every sin we ever have and ever will commit 4. God himself is our Father 5. There is absolutely no condemnation for us in Christ 6. We are no longer slaves of sin or under its dominion 7. We are joint-heirs with Christ and will share in his reward 8. We have a sympathetic high priest who intercedes for us night and day 9. The Holy Spirit of God dwells in, empowers, comforts, and counsels us 10. Our God is our refuge, strength, and strong tower 11. We have unlimited access to the throne of grace 12. Nothing will ever separate us from God’s love 13. God is working all things for our good 14. Someday we will be reunited with our loved ones who believed in Jesus 15. The Creator of the universe hears our every prayer 16. God has a purpose for our lives which he will certainly fulfill 17. God has prepared good works for us to walk in 18. The angel of the Lord encamps around us 24/7 19. God is in control of every detail of our lives 20. Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us 21. Every bit of pain we endure produces an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison 22. The One who watches over us neither slumbers nor sleeps 23. God will make each one of his children into the likeness of his Son 24. God will reward us for every good deed we do, no matter how small 25. God will supply our every need 26. Someday Jesus will personally wipe away our every tear 27. And someday we will gaze upon the glorious face of our Savior for eternity
Here’s a suggestion: Copy this list and put it where you will see it regularly. Or stick it in your Bible to use in your devotions occasionally. Or make your own list. I have found the more I meditate on all God’s blessings and the more I try to rejoice in Christ for these, the more joy I experience.
Mark Altrogge has been senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, Pennsylvania, since 1982. He has written hundreds of songs for worship, including “I Stand in Awe” and “I’m Forever Grateful.” Mark and his wife, Kristi, have four sons and one daughter. Find out more on his blog, The Blazing Center.