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June 2, 2016

Blessings We Didn’t Earn

Joshua and Caleb were entering the promised land together with a whole group of people who had grown up in the wilderness. Their wilderness experience included being led by a cloud by day and a fire by night. Their clothes and shoes never wore out. They had cakey white stuff called manna that they gathered up and ate every day. They were born in the desert, but they were the recipients of the blessings given to those who had sacrificed before them to get them to this point. (Will Ford)1

“Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.” (Hebrews 11:36-39; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  1. As challenging as things are in the United States currently, we are still experiencing the blessings bought by generations before us that paid the price for us to be here. Thank the Lord for the freedom we do have!

  2. Thank the Lord for our religious freedom!

  3. Thank the Lord for our freedom to vote and the process we have to choose our leaders. Consider the alternatives.

  4. Thank the Lord that we can choose how we make a living, where we want to live and who we choose to gather to worship Him with. Clap your hands and thank Him out loud!

A prayer you can pray:

Jesus, things feel insecure in the nation. Sin abounds more and more. However, I thank you that we are still primarily a free nation! Thank you that we can come and go as we please. Thank you that we can worship You as we choose to, wherever we want to, whenever we want to and with whomever we choose. Thank you that we can still go to the voting booth and choose those who represent us, even if we don’t always agree with who is elected or fully agree with the political party platforms. Never let me cease to thank you no matter what I am facing and may I always proclaim your goodness to the next generation. Amen.

Today’s decree:

I will be thankful for the freedoms I do have thanks to the battles those before me faced.

You can learn more about Will Ford here.