by: Timothy Vazquez
Psalm 50:23 (NLT) But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”
According to 2 Timothy 3:16, all scripture is God-breathed. In other words, the Bible is the divine and authoritative Word of God, from God. But then there are scriptures where God speaks in the first-Person, and they especially capture our attention. The Lord is very clear in letting us know what is right and what is wrong. The reason that people get confused or don't seem to know right from wrong sometimes is because they don't like what God says is right or they have no knowledge at all about what God says. Both of those positions can be fatal.
God not only lets us know what is right and wrong, but He also lets us know what pleases Him. If you are a student of the Word, you will discover that what pleases God is for us to be living the right way so that we can experience the blessing of truth that leads to true life. That surely pleases God because He loves us and wants to see us blessed. One of the things that pleases Him is for us to be grateful children, or in the words of the scripture above, to have a heart of thanksgiving, especially when there is no outward reason to be thankful. That means when things don't seem to be going well or when you get sick in your body. The salvation that we have as God's children takes us beyond the worldly woes that we experience here on earth. That kind of sacrificial thanksgiving honors God because it shows that our trust is completely in Him.
Then there is the experience of the outliving of our salvation. What I mean is that we were not meant to just raise our hand one day somewhere to receive Jesus into our lives to just stay like that. That is just the very beginning. There are so many amazing truths to learn and experience and so much that the Lord wants to teach us about this restored relationship that we now have with Him. It is so much more than just being "saved" from going to hell. It is an entirely new and awesome life that we are supposed to experience as we abide in Jesus and He abides in us. That is what the Lord is talking about in the verse above when He says that He will "reveal" His salvation to us if we stay on the right path, which includes having a thankful heart. Learn more about Jesus, not so much in your mind, but in your heart and as a real life-experience as you love and worship Him with all of your heart. Let the revelation of your salvation begin. The revelation is never-ending and leads to blessings untold.
Pastor Joey Vazquez