Give Thanks

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“I will praise thee, O Lord with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works.  I will be glad and rejoice in thee:  I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High,” (Psalm 9:1-2)

David tells us in these verses that he will praise God with his whole heart.  He’s giving God everything he has as a part of his praise.  He’s not withholding anything from God.  Unfortunately, many of us hold out on God sometimes because of fear (perhaps the fear of what people will say or think).   We have to move beyond that fear and praise God aloud and with purpose.

Our praise includes telling people about God’s marvelous works.  Praise God by telling someone your testimony.  Let’s open our mouths and tell the world of all he has done.  Let’s sing praises to God and to His name.  Even if we’re not the best singers in the world, we can still sing praises to His name.

As you go about your day today, remember God’s marvelous works.  Think about all the times He’s delivered you from trouble.  Think about all the blessings He has given you.  Think about the favor, grace, and mercy He has shown you.  When you do these things, I’m sure you’ll begin to open your mouth and sing about His marvelous works.

Loving Father, thank You that in Christ I know Your name, Your character and Your amazing grace, which is poured out in such abundance on all who trust in the Lord Jesus as Savior. I pray that my heart may seek You more and more with each passing day and I ask that You would increase in me a deeper longing to know You more and to love You better, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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What Does The Lord Require

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Have you ever found yourself pleading with God to show you what to do? How to please and serve Him…but not knowing how?

Well, here is a good place to start: Micah 6:8, we need to handle those around us justly — practicing patience and dealing with others in fairness, without partiality. We need to practice mercy — blessing others in need with what they don’t deserve but so greatly need. We need to walk humbly with our God.

It’s interesting to note that although there is action involved, each of those requirements starts with a soft and loving heart. We won’t act justly if we harbor resentment or hate. We won’t show kindness and mercy if we seek to serve ourselves. And a prideful heart will always walk ahead of God.  Finding God’s will for your life is really pretty simple. He wants all of your heart. He wants a surrendered life.

Maybe all God is asking of us is to stand for what is right … to choose kindness … and to walk closely to Him, submitting our will daily.

As for me, I want to embrace all that God has for me, and that means obeying what He’s already shown me.

I hope God’s Word encourages you today. Maybe it really is this simple. Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly with God. Now, the choice is yours.

Father, please make of me what you will. As you fashion me, please bless me as I seek to be a person of justice, mercy, and humility. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

He Will Cover You With His Feathers

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I wonder if there are times when God would like to have comforted us “under his wings” but instead of coming to Him, we depended on our own resources. When He covers us, the forces of evil cannot penetrate His protection.

God’s wings provide safety and refuge. In Psalm 17:8 David asked the Lord to hide him in the shadow of His wings, protecting him from danger and attack. I may not have physical enemies attacking me but Satan is continually attacking me with fears, despair, discouragement, and countless other negative thoughts. When I cry out to God for His protection, His Word and Spirit are my refuge.

If you are experiencing pressures or satan’s attacks in your life today, just ask the Lord in faith to help you.  Say, “God, you said you’d be my refuge!”  If you’ve run out of strength , remember that he is your strength.  Now you have to run to him!  Begin by praising him right now for loving you and for being all that you need.  Thank God that he is greater than every problem you may encounter.  Tell him, “Thank you, Lord, for who you are!”  Then trust him to be your refuge and your strength, at this very moment in your life.

Father, what words can I offer that are sufficient to thank and praise you for your deliverance that is greater than death? You are the Alpha and the Omega. You are the God who was and is and is to come. You are my Abba Father, who has adopted me and made me your own. I place my trust, my hope, and future in you and I will not be afraid. I find my refuge under your wings! All praise to you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Casting Your Cares On Him

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The psalmist wrote, “Be still, and know that I am God” (46:10).  Paul exhorted the Philippians to “be anxious for nothing” (Phil 4:6). And Peter instructed his readers to cast all their cares on God (1 Peter 5:7).

I confess that for too long I have tried to work out my own problems and carry my own cares in my own self-strength, but I thank You Father-God that You care so much for me that I can cast all the burdens and hurts and disappointments and worries that seem to be flooding my life today, upon You – in the sure knowledge that you have promised to carry them. I admit I am weak, but I praise You that I can draw on Your amazing strength today and in the days that lie ahead, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

 

 

Things Above

 

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“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3

If you’re a Christian, your identity is not in this world. It is found in Christ. You belong to him.

Have you ever asked yourself what occupies your thoughts? That’s a challenging question and one we should not ignore. We are what we think. If our thoughts are focused on the concerns of this world, we will become like the world. But if our minds are set on the things above—in other words, where Christ is—we’ll become more like Him.

When we think on Christ and meditate on his word we find that the things of the world will lose it’s appeal. The more aware we are of Jesus, the less we tolerate sin, because we know it doesn’t fit us anymore. Instead of chasing the passing pleasures and goals of the world, we’ll pursue a lifestyle of obedience to the Lord.  Even when everything looks dismal, we have a reason to hope because our time here is so small compared to eternity with Christ.

Your beliefs determine your perspective on life, and that shapes your priorities and attitudes.

Always check your heart and make sure you pursue the mind of Christ in every area of your life.

Gracious Lord, we surrender afresh to You and Your Lordship over all areas of our life. Give us Your heart and mind today as we choose to walk with You.

Give Thanks To The Lord

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When we trust in the Lord and become a child of God, there is nothing we cannot do to make Him love us more; there is nothing we can do to make Him love us less. He will love us as much tomorrow as He does today. His love endures forever.

Thank You, Father, for Your enduring love. Thank You that Your love is not based on my performance but is a perfect, unconditional, lasting love that is mine through Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen.  

Where Are Help Comes From

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God watches over us every day, 24/7. How do I know that? Psalm 121.

The promises in Psalm 121 are as true for us today as they were thousands of years ago. No matter what situation we face, we can rely on the God who created heaven and earth. Day or night, today through eternity, God promises provision and protection for all who follow Him (Psalm 121:5-8).

There is no situation that God is not aware of. Trusting in the Lord is the safest place for us to be. Why?  Because, Our Helper is also our Keeper. The One who watches over us never sleeps, He is all ways with us. The One who guards our souls cannot be moved.

This Psalm is a tremendous encouragement to me. I hope it is to you as well.

Gracious Father, Thank you Lord that our lives are in your hands. You protect us in ways we will never know. And, though we might suffer difficulty in this life, we know we are eternally safe with you.  Help us to realize that we do not walk alone, that you are always with us now and forever.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen