No matter what you may be facing today, forget not His benefits! God wants to satisfy you with good things. If you need healing today, healing is a benefit. If you’ve made mistakes in your life, forgiveness is a benefit. If you feel tired and overwhelmed, strength is a benefit. As you turn your thoughts toward Father God today, He will strengthen and empower you to live as an overcomer in every area of your life.
PS 103 reminds us to consider his benefits and to respond to them with thankfulness and praise. It is a call to remember them in particular, to call them into recollection and to not forget even the least of them.
Even good men are very apt to forget them, as the Israelites of old, who sang the praises of the Lord, and soon forgot his works. The Lord, knowing the weakness of his people’s memories, has appointed an order, to be continued to the end of the world.
We are to remember what God has done for us, in order both to show gratitude and thankfulness to him, and for the encouragement of our faith and hope in him. We are to praise the Lord with our inmost being.
With the 21st century church, many times, only one aspect of our conversion is emphasized — our salvation from the wrath of God to come. It is the notion that to be saved only mean that, when our bodies die our spirits ‘go to heaven.’
Our whole way of speaking has changed. Rather than calling ourselves “those born from above” or “new creatures in “Christ” or “children of God” we call ourselves “saved.” We make distinctions on the basis of whether a person claims to be saved or not. The problem with this way of looking at our faith is that it focuses in on only one (1) aspect of our life in “Christ”.
Yet there is nothing in the Bible that tells us that all the benefits of our relationship with the Lord did or will pass away. Indeed, if we seek, we will find that some believers have appropriated the benefits we have neglected.
Benefits will not accrue to your account until they are formally claimed. Now if you have faith for forgiveness, why shouldn’t you also have faith for healing and all of the other “benefits”? The Lord Jesus Christ:
1. forgives all your wrongdoings
2. heals all your diseases,
3. buys back your life from being destroyed
4. award & honors you with love and compassion, and;
5. satisfies your desires with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s
(just this last benefit is worth receiving…your “youth renewed”? Let me tell you what that means
The eagle is the most majestic bird in the sky, but something happens to all eagles at least once in their lifetime, they molt. In the life of every Eagle, they will go through a molting process that can bring with it a great depression. This is a wilderness time that all eagles will face.
Certain eagles live for about 30 years or more but then they begin to lose their feathers, Their beak and claws begin to alter as well. The experts tell us that during this time, the eagle will walk like a turkey and they has no strength at all to fly. The molting eagle finds himself in the valley, unable to fly, with its feathers falling out. They lose their ability to see, as well, their vision weakens during this time. Calcium builds up on their beaks and they can’t hold their heads up.
Now this is so traumatic, to the proud majestic birds that Eagles truly are. They lose their desire to eat, they only eat fresh meat and they have no strength to hunt. But then another phenomenon takes place. When the molting eagle gets in this last state, often times they will begin to peck on each other, immature eagles will share their misery with others, occasionally killing another molting eagle, as they gather together in one place.
Now listen to this, at this time they will choose some area of a mountain range where the sun can shine directly on them, and they will lie on a rock and bathe in the sun. During this time some have observed other eagles coming and dropping food to the ones going through this “molting” stage.
Yet it’s never the younger eagles that are dropping the food, it is always the older eagles that have survived this experience and know what the “molting” eagle is going through. Eagles molting in the valley, where they once would only soared over to look for fresh kill. But, If they don’t renew, they will die. ”
They grow weaker and weaker. Suddenly there comes a sound from the sky over the valley. Screaming loudly, another group of eagles fly overhead and drop fresh meat over the dying birds. The screaming is encouragement.
That’s what they reckon; the screaming is encouragement from other Eagles who have already gone through this. Some eat and recover but others roll over and die.
Don’t you think all of this speaks of something in our Christian lives as well? There is a time in the life of the Christian believer when it looks as though, and it seems as though they’ve been stripped down to nothing. This process defines a prophetic maturing event that eagles must go through to renew its strength and youth. They are given a second chance to live again!
Tell me that these benefits, that are freely given, are not worthy of remembrance, thankfulness and praise. It doesn’t matter if you believe in all of them or not, they are all available to you through Jesus Christ and His many benefits. Go ahead, claim them, they are yours.
Is there any greater treasure than that of Jesus’ love? Our love for him did not save us. Our salvation is as a result of his great surge of love for us. How could we not expect all good things, all his benefits poured out on us? We are his children. ∞