James Cagle

James Cagle

The Bible says, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:12).

I don’t know of anything I’m more thankful for than my salvation. I don’t know of anything that I thank God for more than my salvation.

I therefore thank God for His great love for me. I thank Him for sending Jesus to live on earth as my example, then to die at Calvary for my sins, to rise from the dead, and for now making intercession for me before my heavenly Father. I thank Him also for the hope of Jesus’ soon return at the Rapture.

I thank God for the indwelling Holy Spirit, who comforts, guides and teaches me about the things of God. I’m thankful for the confidence, assurance and certitude of my salvation, and that I have no doubt that I’m saved. I thank God that I’m not afraid of dying or living.

I thank God for His Word, the Bible. I’m thankful for how it feeds and nourishes my soul, how it reveals my sins, builds my hope and faith, educates my heart, and reveals God and His will to me. I’m thankful that by it I have a light in a dark world and the truth in a world full of lies.

I thank God for my Christian heritage, for the Christian home I was brought up in, in which I was taken to church and heard the Bible preached and one day trusted Christ as my Savior. I thank God for the daily devotions we had in our home, that we were taught the importance of giving God time to speak to us through His Word and us taking time to speak to Him in prayer.

I thank God for the daily care He gives me. I thank God for the life He’s given me to live. I thank Him for a life full of purpose and meaning and fulfillment, and that because of Jesus life is worth living.

I thank God for America. I love her in spite of her faults. I thank God that He has preserved America to be a free and sovereign nation that is seen as the last bastion of hope for the oppressed people of the world.

I thank God for all His many blessings. I have so much to thank Him for. The closer I get to Him the simpler life becomes, and the more I thank Him for what I don’t have. I’m thankful I don’t have a lot of the things some Christian’s are calling “blessings,” that are really distractions and hindrances that are keeping them from close fellowship with God. And, they are asking God for more of these “blessings.”

I’m thankful that God has let me know Heaven is real, and that I have a home awaiting me there. And that the glitter, noise, and clamor of this world is temporal, but that the glory, peace and beauty of Heaven is eternal.

James H. Cagle lives in Ray City, Ga., and is a former Hamilton County resident.

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