Thankfulness

Psalm 100 (CEV)

The Lord Is God

Shout praises to the Lord,
    everyone on this earth.
Be joyful and sing
as you come in
    to worship the Lord!

You know the Lord is God!
He created us,
    and we belong to him;
    we are his people,
    the sheep in his pasture.

Be thankful and praise the Lord
    as you enter his temple.
The Lord is good!
    His love and faithfulness
    will last forever.

Thankfulness

A thankful heart opens doors that are closed to others.  A thankful person is welcome everywhere.  When we can keep a thankful heart, we keep joy and peace.  Our vision is open to see many usually hidden things.

As we walk with the Lord with a heart of thankfulness,  we are able to see the needs of others more quickly as our hearts are softened to the Lord and he opens our eyes to the world around us.  We are recipients of more of His grace,  abundance and peace.  Why?  Because of our openness to Him and His world,  He responds  quickly.  Our hearts are open to His needs and His heart is open to our needs.

Thankfulness stops complaining and grumbling in our hearts and mouths.  How can we gripe and be thankful at the same time?  We can’t do it.  It is a choice we make daily.  To look for things to be thankful for is fun.  Like, sunsets, sunrises, birds singing or soaring, the clouds forming above our heads, the cool breeze, the warmth of a puppy, flowers in bloom, autumnal trees, the smiles of a friend or stranger; any of these can be portals to thankfulness.  Each of us has a different thankful list.  The top of our list should include the Lord Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit,  our blood and spiritual families and friends who really care about us.  Some of us should add the privilege of free worship in a free nation.  A precious black brother in the Lord used to have a saying, “Thank you Lord for breath, health and strength and that the blood is still running warm in my veins.”  Clarence is gone now, but those simple words still resonate in my heart.

What is on your thankful list?  Why not start making a list and see how long it gets?  Mine would fill a book if I started today and would take a year or so to complete.

Thank You Lord Jesus for all that You are!

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Being One of God’s Sheep

 




Acknowledge that the Lord is God!


He made us, and we are his.


We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.


Psalms 100:3




How are we able to be God’s sheep?


This verse tells us the way to do that.


Acknowledge that He is God!  Fully accept who He is.


Realize we are created by God and the reality that we are His.

   Then we can believe that we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.  

    It is by fully trusting Him we reach a place of safety, peace, provision and relationship with God the Father, His Son, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

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Witnessing Jesus’ Style

Acts 1:8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Act 10:43  To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

We were taught that witnessing was us doing the action.  We were to go out and tell everyone we meet about the Lord Jesus.  There is truth in that statement, but it is not all the truth.  We are to go to those in need, be available to all those we meet and ready to be used of the Lord to minister His Grace.

The unique thing about these Scriptures is what we are witnesses to.  We are not the ones doing the actions.  We are only the instrument of His Grace.  It is not what we are doing that is the “witness” part.  What really is happening is we are “witnessing” His love in action.  We are at the time of our sharing the Gospel, laying hands on the sick, interceding for troubled souls, bringing light and life to those in darkness—witnessing the Lord moving into all those situations and meet the needs of the people.  That is our part of the witness.  We are there, first hand, on-the-scene witnesses to the love of God being shed abroad on the earth!

What an exciting place to be!  Being led by the Holy Spirit, watching God love his people, heal them, comfort them and indeed save them from their sins.  I love witnessing God in action!

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Truisms-Words to Live By?

“Faithful friends, like diamonds, withstand the test of time.”

Beverly LaHaye

While truisms are wonderfully thought provoking and sometimes funny, sometimes edgy, they are not really words to live by.  Rather they are statements about life experiences.  Those that last prove how many life experiences are share by multitudes of people.  It would be a mistake to make at truism, even one as nice as the one above a philosophy or foundation for our lives.  Truisms are too subjective.  They are interpreted by whoever lives them.

A true and sound foundation is best laid by what our Maker says.  He created us and knows what we need to live by.  His Word, the Holy Bible is filled with life lessons and make a wonderful and sound foundation for living a fulfilled and blessed life.

What are your foundations built on?  Solid rock or shifting sands of opinion and sayings?  While I enjoy those wonderful truisms, I chose to make my foundation solid on the Word of God.

 

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