My life is truly a season for THANKSGIVING!
It's breath-taking to drive through the hills and countryside and view Autumn's colorful splendor and majesty declaring the glory of my Creator God. The trees and flowers have burst into colors that are exquisite and the warm sun glistens off the golden fields. On one such drive, I found myself gazing upward toward the bluest skies with white puffy clouds totally overwhelmed that the God who created this natural phenomenon also made a way for me to know Him! Coming in human form, Jesus Christ bridged a path for a LOVE relationship with God and Covenant was sealed with His blood on the cross of Calvary.
My blog has been silent for a season while I read some fantastic and life changing books. Some even claimed my earliest morning hours as I compared the content with Bible study. There has been times when I've felt like those who first heard the Gospel and searched the Scriptures daily to see if these things were true!
OUR COVENANT GOD by Kay Arthur is my newest favorite book. It has made me fall deeper in love with Jesus than I thought possible and it has filled me with an overwhelming gratitude for His willingness to "walk into death" for me. Heart tears well up inside as I read the various rituals of the ancient covenant and hear Christ's words saying those same words in many of the gospel stories.
My favorite words, "I call you my Friend."
Lately, there's been reviews telling of best sellers books which try to disengage historical facts or have the premise of unbelief in Deity visiting earth, yet, this wonderful book takes a firm stand in the literal Scriptures and through much research and study elaborates what God purposed in His COVENANT with man.
Participating in the Lord's supper became even sweeter this month as I heard the familiar words from the biblical passages and realized again these were the same words spoken by covenant partners in the celebrating meal. My heart filled with gratitude to meditate on Jesus, my precious Savior, who walked into death for me and shed his own blood in covenant. With His work "finished", He sealed the covenant once for all and took the payment of my debt. HE declared me 'Not Guilty'! (Rom 3:24; Titus 3:3-8 NLT)
We become participants in the covenant when we come to God through Christ. He gives me a new identity, his weapons and belt, and his strength takes over my weakness. Each day grows sweeter in my knowledge of His grace and mercy.
Yes...I have much to be THANKFUL for in this season of my life.