Home > Personal Spiritual Development > Yes and Amen June 28, 2013
Yes and Amen.

Do we read our Bibles through the “lens” of thanksgiving and praise? That’s almost an awkward question, because the first response is – of course I’m thankful for His Word and I praise Him for it.

But take a moment and read this magnificent Scripture: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself…”   (Eph. 1:3,4,5)

Is our first inclination to think, wow, Jesus, that’s just amazing….or to activate His Word within us by reading the Scripture with a “lens” of acknowledgement of its Truth, followed by a personal application of thanksgiving and praise? Vickie McKnight clarifies what this looks and sounds like when she proclaims “Father, I thank You that You know My Name. I thank You that I have a perspective from heaven when I look at life in this realm; I thank you that heaven is not closed to me, it is completely open to me whenever I’m seeking Your Voice, hearing You, expressing my love for You. Lord I thank you that I’m holy and blameless before You, that it’s truth to my soul; thank You for loving me, adopting me as your daughter, I thank You that it was your kindness that led me to repentance and that it has always been your intention for us to come into the glory of Your Grace. ”

The transforming, praise-filled embrace doesn’t have to end there. What about, “Lord, I admit I haven’t yet fully grasped the fullness of the phrase ‘every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places’ and how it is continually transforming my life and molding me into Your image. But I trust You, I trust Your faithfulness to me, and I embrace the reality that there is spiritual destiny for me that I am just starting to walk in.” Or, “Jesus, I thank You for Your unfathomable love that would have You thinking about me before the foundation of the world.  I am amazed and humbled by Your generosity and loving kindness, and I thank You that You are actively revealing to me what it means to be Your child.”

I encourage you to pick up His Word this week, and read it through the lens of a praise-filled, personal application. It’s not just “His Word”.  It’s His Word to us. His revelation to us, of Who He is, and who we are.  God really is talking to you, interested in your life, transforming you by sharing His thoughts and plans towards us.