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And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

- Job 1:8

I will mention the loving kindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us.

- Isaiah 63:7a

I will praise Thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned Thy righteous judgments.

I will keep Thy statutes: 0 forsake me not utterly.

- Psalm 119:7-8


Can you relate the heartfelt experience of misery, deliverance, and thankfulness in the following persons' conversions to God?

-The Philippian jailor

-Saul (Paul)

-The thief on the cross

-The Ethiopian eunuch

-The Syrophoenecian woman


-The paralyzed man that was lowered through the roof to Christ

-The man cured at the Pool of Bethesda

Can you add others to this list?

3. A heartfelt experiencing of thankfulness (or obedience) - Experiencing something of the deep, gracious, saving love of God through Jesus Christ for sinners, will produce an overflowing love toward God in return. With true thankfulness of heart, he desires to love, serve, and honor God - to do that which is pleasing in God's sight. He wants to obey God wholeheartedly and perfectly. God's law is not a burden or something which he is forced to do, but it is a delight and that which he wants to do more than all else. His remaining sin deeply grieves him for his deepest motives, desires, and affections are to love and serve God perfectly in all things with his entire being.

Can you find the three inward-working graces of misery, deliverance, and thankfulness described in the examples located on this and the following page?

Scriptural Examples of Misery, Deliverance, & Thankfulness

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

- Psalm 40:2-3

For ye were sometimes darkness but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.

- Ephesians 5:8

For He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath He hid His face from him; but when he cried unto Him, He heard.

My praise shall be of Thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear Him.

- Psalm 22:24-25

I will freely sacrifice unto Thee: I will praise Thy name, 0 LORD; for it is good.

For He hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen His desire upon mine enemies.

- Psalm 54:6-7

0 wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

- Romans 7:24-25a

And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me.

- Psalm 50:15

Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: Thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness:

To the end that my glory may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent, 0 LORD, my God, I will give thanks unto Thee for ever.

- Psalm 30:11-12

Thy vows are upon me, 0 God: I will render praises unto Thee.

For Thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

- Psalm 56:12-13

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