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The Power of Thanksgiving

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.” (Psalm 100:4 NKJV)

God has often dealt with me about the act of thanksgiving.  There is power in the giving of thanks.  In the Old Testament there was a special offering just for thanksgiving.  The New Testament says that when we pray, we are to do so with thanksgiving.  We are to thank God for our food.  Then our blessings will be sanctified and set apart for us.

Thanksgiving is like yeast:  Thanksgiving causes your requests to rise with faith into the presence of God, just as yeast causes bread to rise.  The Word teaches that if you are not thankful for the things that God does, He will take away what He has given you.

Of the ten lepers, nine never gave thanks to Jesus.  Only one returned to thank Him.  I believe that because that one leper gave thanks, he received SPIRITUAL wholeness, as well as PHYSICAL wholeness.  Thanksgiving also will help you to be whole—physical, emotionally, and spiritually.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help us to live in an attitude of thanksgiving.  When we give You our praise and thanks, we know that You will bless us in body, soul and Spirit.  Thank You for all the good things that You do. 

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen.

2020-09-28T10:11:34-06:00November 23rd, 2020|

Moments with Marilyn

Don’t allow your circumstances to determine your spiritual state.  Take control of the situation with praise and worship. ~Marilyn Hickey

2020-09-28T10:09:12-06:00November 19th, 2020|

Luke 18:1

Jesus said that we “always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1 NKJV)

2020-09-28T10:06:44-06:00November 17th, 2020|

A Psalm of Praise

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!

Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.

Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:1-4 NKJV)

Within two stanzas of this psalm, we are admonished to praise and worship the Lord, and we are given good reasons for doing so!  We are told to make a joyful shout and to be thankful.  Why?  Because, It is He who has made us.

God is your heavenly Father, and He delights in providing for your every need.

Exercise “childlike” faith in God’s goodness; you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to praise and thank Him!

2020-09-28T10:00:57-06:00November 16th, 2020|

Deuteronomy 8:18

You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, and He may confirm his covenant that He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.  (Deuteronomy 8:18 ESV)

2020-09-28T09:54:01-06:00November 10th, 2020|

How Your Praise in Troubled Times Helps Others

But a midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.  (Acts 16:25 NKJV)

You’ve heard the expression “misery loves company.”  When Paul and Silas found themselves unfairly imprisoned in a Philippian jail, they didn’t spend their jail time coming up with a defense or complaining about being falsely accused.  Their instinct was to pray and sing hymns to God.

The other prisoners were listening to them.

In this verse, the Greek word for “listening” includes the idea of listening “with pleasure.”

Everyone jailed with Paul and Silas benefited from their response to a terrible circumstance.

When we find ourselves in miserable situations, let’s use the time to glorify God and edify those around us.

Take a look at Acts 16:26 (the very next verse), and see what happens when we do.

2020-09-28T09:52:09-06:00November 9th, 2020|

Weekend Action Plan

Find a way to go out of your way to serve someone else, and if asked the reason for it, point them to the love of Christ.

2020-09-28T09:51:05-06:00November 6th, 2020|
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