Forget Not All God's Benefits
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits." Psalm 103:2
David said, "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death." Psalm 68:19-20. A benefit is a privilege that is granted to us because we are connected to someone or something that is advantageous or good; a gift; an act of kindness. There are many benefits each of us have at the present or have experienced in the past; it is good to not forget them or take them for granted. Through the acceptance of Christ as Savior, we are connected to the benefits provided in the New Convenant. To realize the blessings of these benefits, it is important to see and accept ourselves as Jesus does (whole, complete, nothing missing, favored, delightful) and not by how we feel about ourselves. It is easy to hinder the Holy Spirit by how we feel instead of living by what Jesus said.
In Psalm 103, David reminds himself of the benefits of knowing God and accepting what He has done. Because we live in the valley of the shadow of death, we must focus on the things of God continuously. Circumstances can be powerful enough to draw us back into past thinking and speaking which causes a negative reaction of fear, hurt or anger. The temptation to react to life and people in a negative, hurtful, offensive or angry way waits for the opportunity to take over. Even at times when unfavorable circumstances arise, we know that He is working everything to our benefit (Romans 8:28, Psalm 138:8).
Every day look up and look around at the great upholding power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah saw the great power of Jesus and said it many years ago. "Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things..." Isaiah 40:26. Uphold is to continue to function, supplied, protected, guided and increased. What God does for this planet, He does for us. The more we see it and say 'thank you', the more it is manifest in our lives. We have the spiritual ability to develop a thankful attitude which is the first step of faith and amazing results. Giving thanks for all things connects us to the unlimited substance of God. God's substance is His unlimited supply of everything through Jesus Christ; it is subject to our word of faith with thanksgiving. "For all things are for your sakes..." II Corinthians 4:15. "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." I Thessalonians 5:23.
The Holy Spirit is our ability to rejoice and be thankful for all things and in all things. A thankful attitude and our spoken word of faith activates the Holy Spirit to provide the provision of God's promises. Releasing the Holy Spirit by faith to be our joy is the way for transformation from being circumstance controlled and is our ability to create new circumstances. Rejoicing in the now will be the harvest we create by the Holy Spirit in our tomorrows.
We need to take special care to remember that daily God is loading us with benefits (Psalm 68:19). These benefits were given to us through Christ and they are the potential for life, health and peace. Stop for a moment and think about the many benefits that God has bestowed upon you. You may be surprised just how many blessings you have received and enjoyed!
Forget Not and Always Remember His Benefits
1. Forgiveness. Jesus released complete forgiveness along with the scriptural fact that our sins were blotted out at the cross (Acts 3:19). The moment we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, the old nature and every sin we committed while under the influence is removed (Psalm 103:12). Lord, I accept Your forgiveness and the power to forgive others. I freely forgive everyone and everything in my past. Because I am forgiven, I forgive. I choose to walk in my 'let it go to God' attitude the moment my emotions are stirred by someone or something.
2. Complete health (Psalm 103:3, Matthew 8:17). If He has healed our diseases, then we are healthy. Jesus defeated anything that attempts to steal, kill or destroy (John 10:10). "...in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33. When there is an attempt from the devil to cause hurt, anger or doubt that causes mistrust in Jesus, we have peace in Jesus to turn it over to Him to perfect it. This requires practice because emotions can be strong enough to predict our behavior, leading to unwise decisions. Because of Jesus Christ, I live in His New Covenant where everything is provided and I receive my perfect health now from Jesus' stripes. I receive it with thanksgiving and praise. I say it to be so! Amen.
3. Redeemed (Psalm 103:4). Obedience was required for God's blessing us or we would be cursed in the Old Covenant. Obedience is a natural response to the Holy Spirit alive in us. In the Old Testament it was us first then God. Now, in the New Testament, it is Jesus first then us. Jesus becomes our source for all things and He loves us unconditionally. This concept frees us from destruction. God, You are my source; You are my life power; You are my sufficiency for all things; You are my unlimited substance that lavishly increases me. Thanks be to Jesus Christ whose mercy endures forever. Amen.
4. Renewed youth (Psalm 103:5). Lord Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit power, I live in a quickened body (Romans 8:11). Thank you. Amen.
Because of Jesus Christ, all things are possible. I have what I say. Every need is met. Every desire is fulfilled. There is no lack in God!