My Father, My God. I lift my eyes, mind, heart, spirit and my all towards You, and give You all the adoration, glory, honour, praise and thanks. I give You thanks for what You have done, what You are doing and what You intend to do. I give thanks that You are the same God today, as You were yesterday and ever will be. Heaven and Earth may pass away but You and Your Word will always remain. You are eternal.
Today, I thank You that it’s not all about what I did, didn’t do, said or didn’t say; yesterday or last week. It’s all about today and it’s all about You. I place it all before You and ask You to have Your way. As I think about Who You are, may I realise just how thankful I should be. I thank You for the Blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and the fact that without Him, I would not be able to commune with You. The Book of Hebrews, chapter 12, reminds me I am not beyond correction; I am Your child and I am covered by Your grace. I acknowledge that I can go boldly and fearlessly to Your throne of grace, which provides favour (amongst other things), that I am not worthy of but yet, I still receive.
Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12:2 (AMPC)
6 For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone whom He loves, and He punishes, even scourges, every son whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes.
7 You must submit to and endure [correction] for discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons. For what son is there whom his father does not [thus] train and correct and discipline?
8 Now if you are exempt from correction and left without discipline in which all [of God’s children] share, then you are illegitimate offspring and not true sons [at all].
9 Moreover, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we yielded [to them] and respected [them for training us]. Shall we not much more cheerfully submit to the Father of spirits and so [truly] live?
10 For [our earthly fathers] disciplined us for only a short period of time and chastised us as seemed proper and good to them; but He disciplines us for our certain good, that we may become sharers in His own holiness.
11 For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness—in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God].Hebrews 12:6-11 (AMPC)
20 Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament),
21 Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages).
Amen (so be it).Hebrews 13:20-21 (AMPC)