Month of “Thanksgiving” Part Nine

Before continuing with this month’s theme, “A Month of Thanksgiving,” I want to take a minute to reflect upon the things I have already listed.

 I started out this month by being thankful for the Word of God, my Bible.  Oh, how precious is God’s word.  In Part Two, I wrote about the many essentials in life that we sometimes take for granted such as blessed water.

Part Three, I reflected upon being thankful for music and song.  Oh, how our lives are enriched with the gift of music.  In Part Four,  I reflected upon my personal thankfulness for my Christian husband; my friend.

In Part Five,  I once again reflected about God’s Word being the Good News of the Gospel. (I guess you can tell that I am thankful for the Bible!)  In Part Six, I wrote about being thankful for the wonderful miracles God has bestowed upon my personal health.  I am truly blessed.

Part Seven reflected upon being thankful for Jesus Christ, the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever.  We need lasting, “forever” promises within our lives!

Part Eight dealt with being thankful for Time….The precious healer of all things.

In Part Nine, I want to write about being thankful for a roof over my head and food to eat.  Last week, while driving along the expressway, I noticed two tents set up in the woods just off the exit ramp.  At first, the site seemed strange to me.  Why would people be camping alongside the expressway?  Then, I realized that they were not “camping,”…..they were actually living there in make-shift tents, canopies, and whatever belongings they possessed.  What a sad, visible reminder of the difficult economical times we are living.

The site reminded me of an experience my husband and I had many years ago.  As we were exiting a nice restaurant after enjoying a pleasant meal together, we noticed a man dressed in ragged clothing searching through a dumpster.  Then, I nearly wanted to throw-up when he pulled out food and began to eat it.  I was so overtaken by his actions that I could hardly breathe!  My husband walked over and gave him some money.  Whether or not the homeless man used the money to buy “new” food, I cannot say.  But, the image of that evening has never left my mind after all of these years.

This morning, as I sit in my lovely warm home typing on my lap-top, I am fully aware that there is a huge population of people all over the planet hungry and in need of shelter.  It’s not the size or style of the home…it’s that we are blessed to have a home!  It’s not the money we spend on fine food….it’s that we simply have food!

How can I NOT want to drop to my knees and thank my God for his undeserving blessings of food and shelter upon my life.  It reminds me of a song that the choir sung at one of our former churches:

“There’s a roof up above me, I’ve a good place to sleep. There’s food on my table and shoes on my feet. You’ve gave me your love Lord and a fine family.  Thank you Lord for your blessings on me.”  (Song Title” Thank You Lord).

Let us all give thanks unto God for his bountiful blessings.  Amen.

Remember God Loves you!

Lin T. Rollins, Author

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Three Basic Needs

It’s pretty obvious that our three basic needs in life are food, shelter, and raiment.  But, I was pondering this morning on how these three basic needs can also be found and represented in the Trinity.  We typically refer to the Trinity as, “God the Father,” “God the Son,” and “God the Holy Ghost.”  This morning, I want to look at how food, shelter, raiment and the Trinity meets every need known unto man.

Our first basic need is food.  Without food we will surely die.  There would be no life. Food sustains and nourishes our lives.  The first person in the Trinity is “God the Father.” God is the Creator of Life (In the Bible, we read, In the beginning God created…Genesis 1:1). Without God, the Creator, there is no life. God sustains and nourishes all of Creation through His daily provisions.  God is our basic food; without Him we would not exist.  (Therefore take no thought saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?…for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. Matthew 6:31-32 KJV).  God meets and sustains our first basic need in life…to have life and to know life…is through…God the Creator.

Our second basic need is shelter.  Shelter protects us from the perils of life; from the winds, the rains, the cold, and the heat.  Without proper shelter our lives would be constantly endangered.  The second person in the Trinity is “God the Son.”  God sent his Son to die for and to save the world (John 3:16). The Son shelters and protects us from the Evil one. Without the precious protecting power of the Blood flowing from the Son, our lives would be eternally in danger, and we would have no shelter or rest from evil or the Evil one.  We would forever be endangered by evil.  Yet, thanks be unto God, he provided eternal shelter,  “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”  (John 3:17 KJV.)  Jesus is our everlasting shelter from the storms of life.  Amen.

Our third basic need in life is raiment. Without basic raiment we could not live or move around in society.  Raiment also brings comfort to our lives.  Raiment allows us to interact and live acceptably within the human race. The third person in the Trinity is “God the Holy Spirit.” The job of the Holy Spirit is not only to equip our lives with the power of God, but to comfort our lives by clothing us in God’s Love and Righteousness.  “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter that he may abide with you for ever.” (John 14:16 KJV). “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…” (Acts 1:7).  Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit we could not live or move around within the power of God, nor would we be able to feel the precious Comfort of God upon our hearts, souls, minds, and lives.   The Holy Spirit clothes us in the loving righteousness of Christ Jesus and comforts our hearts.  He is our Savior and Protector from the perils of this life.  Oh, to be clothed in the righteousness of God…Amen.

So, just as we need food, shelter, and raiment in order to survive, we also need “God the Father,” “God the Son,” and “God the Holy Spirit,” in order to survive.  When you add up the three basic needs of mankind and the three provisions of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit…the total sum is six (three plus three =’s six).  As we all know “six” is the number of man.  I don’t think it odd or a coincident that man (represented by the number six) needs six things in order to live according to the needs found within this life.  Yet, God has provided absolute and amazing resources for each of these six needs:  God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, food, shelter, and raiment.

The first three God has provided at no cost nor work on our parts.  They are all gifts freely bestowed, freely given.  The last three, food, shelter, and raiment we must seek out through the “sweat of our brow.” (Genesis 3:19).  Yet, each can be found when we diligently, “Ask, Seek, and Knock.”  “For every one that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  (Matthew 7:8 KJV.)

What an Amazing God we have.  What an Amazing awesome God we serve.  He meets and sustains all of our basic needs and Spiritual needs far beyond anything that we could ever hope for or ever imagine.

This Sunday morning, I want to Thank my LORD for providing, sustaining, and meeting the needs found in this life.  Above all things else God, we need YOU!

“He is all I need.  He is all I need.  All I ever need.”

Remember, God Loves You

Lin T. Rollins, Author