But God- Count Your Blessings

Greetings,

Remember the old saying, 'count your blessings'? Go ahead. I dare you. I double dog dare you. This is sort of the picture we get when we read the line sentence in verse 5 of Psalms 23- 'My cup overflows'.

All too often we limit our perspective of how we are blessed to the external realm. Health, wealth, a loving spouse, good kids, etc... These are all wonderful blessings, BUT, David is speaking again of much more here.

But God Image_Color_CrossJust for fun, let's picture our lives as the cup, and look at things from an internal, spirit life, perspective. As we do this, let's remember Who our covenant Shepherd is, the great I AM, and let's remember we have actually been brought into a better covenant than the one David enjoyed (Hebrews 8). In Ephesians 1:3, we have a picture of how our cups overflow when we read this;' Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places'. Quick quiz on that verse- 1) is the statement in the past, present, or future tense? 2) where are we blessed? 3) what percentage of blessings did we receive? If you answered the blessings have already been given to us and that we received them in Christ- which is where we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28)- and that we received 100% of His blessings, then you realize that your cup really does overflow.

Now, back to the beginning, count your blessings. Seriously, I think we would all walk around incredibly grateful, joyful, and humbly if we made a point of trying to count all our blessings. I have to think David was blown away by His Shepherd's faithfulness in leading his three covenant friends to show up with everything and more that David needed. Not only was he fed and able to lie down in the 'green pastures' his friends had brought, I think on the inside he was encouraged and his 'soul restored' just by their arrival. Similarly, I know that if we will but remember to count our blessings we also will have our 'souls restored'. Start counting.

Blessings,

Thomas
Thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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