Thursday, November 23, 2017

"Giving THANKS!"


“Giving THANKS!”

 

Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord.  Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.           Romans 14:6

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.     Ephesians 5:20

 

Today, in America, we celebrate a “special day”, a day set aside to give THANKS to the ALMIGHTY GOD, as the Pilgrims and the Indians gave THANKS to God for the HARVEST and other things as well, such as their health and their relationship with their new friends. 

 

Many families will sit down at a table, spread with MUCH food, and sweet fellowship with each other.  They will have warmth and love, a roof over their heads, good health, and FULL TUMMIES.  All of which and MORE, they SHOULD give THANKS to the ALMIGHTY GOD for.

 

Some, who live in other countries, and do NOT celebrate this ‘SPECIAL’ Day of Giving THANKS, should make it a point, as should we ALL, to give THANKS to GOD for ALL He has done for ALL of mankind, where ever they might be, EVERYDAY.  We ALL should have an ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE!

 

So my dear friends, before you “PIG OUT” stop and think of ALL that God has BLESSED you with, and give THANKS TO HIM for His PRESENCE, PROVISIONS, AND PROTECTION.  You may NOT have ALL you want, but there is SOMETHING you can be THANKFUL FOR.  If you are a TRUE BELIEVER, you can definitely be THANKFUL for your SALVATION and ETERNAL HOME in Heaven.

 

However, if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, you can still be THANKFUL for His plan of SALVATION, a plan that gives you the opportunity, NOW, to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and spending an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL of its UNENDING HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE, and TURNING TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and GIVE THANKS to Him.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

"THANKFUL for God's Mercy and Grace"


“THANKFUL for God’s Mercy and Grace”

 

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.       Psalm 51:1

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!          Romans 5:17

 

MERCY:  NOT getting what we deserve, because of God’s UNFAILING LOVE, He has ABUNDANT MERCY on mankind.  When we are born, we are born with a SINFUL NATURE, thanks to Adam and Eve.  We have a CREATOR, Father God, who LOVES us UNCONDITIONALLY and has provided a WAY for us to NOT receive the judgment that is due us. And if we will cry out to Him, as the Psalmist, David did saying:  “Have MERCY on me, O God according to your UNFAILING LOVE; according to your GREAT COMPASSION blot out my transgressions.”   And if we are willing to TURN AWAY FROM that SINFUL lifestyle and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, He will FORGIVE us and have MERCY on us.  God’s ABUNDANT MERCY is yours for the asking.

 

GRACE:  is getting what you DON’T deserve, UNDESERVED BLESSINGS.  Because of one man’s sin DEATH REIGNED through that one man, Adam.  But because of one man, Jesus’ ABUNDANT provision of God’s AMAZING GRACE, we will receive the gift of RIGHTEOUSNESS and be set FREE from the BONDAGE of our sins and ESCAPE the CONDEMNATION and JUDGMENT of spending an ETERNITY in Hell with ALL its HORRORS, which is due us.  Instead, when we come to God for the SALVATION of our SOULS, we will receive His AMAZING GRACE, because of His ABUNDANT MERCY.   These are the MOST IMPORTANT things a person can be THANKFUL for.

 

But you MUST FIRST, TURN AWAY from your SINFUL LIFESTYLE and TURN TO God, crying out to Him for His ABUNDANT MERCY, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and CONFESSING your sins to Him, asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and His AMAZING GRACE, and ESCAPE HELL, and GAIN HEAVEN.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"THANKFUL for God's Guidance"


“THANKFUL for God’s Guidance”

 

The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.  The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.  He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.  But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.           John 10:2-5

Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.      Psalm 25:5

 

The Lord Jesus Christ, gives us a good example of God’s GUIDANCE for His Children.  By using the figure of speech, of the relationship of the Good Shepherd and His sheep.  The sheep KNOWS the voice of the Shepherd and LISTENS to His voice.  We, who are God’s Children, are referred to as His sheep and Jesus is our Good Shepherd.  Those who have a close relationship with Him KNOWS His voice and will listen to Him. 

 

The Good Shepherd gives each of his sheep a name, and when he comes for them, he calls them by their name and they come to him.  Jesus, our Good Shepherd, KNOWS our name, and He will call us to FOLLOW Him.  We FOLLOW Him, because we KNOW His voice.  He goes ahead of us and gives us GUIDANCE in our life’s journey with Him.    We should NEVER FOLLOW Satan’s voice, but we SHOULD FLEE from him, because his voice will give GUIDANCE into EVIL and WICKED pathways that we do NOT want to take, because they will LEAD us to an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING HORRORS, with NO WAY of ESCAPING.

 

However, when we FOLLOW the Good Shepherd, He will GUIDE us to the TRUE, LIVING God, who will be our God for ever and ever and He will be our GUIDE into an ETERNITY in Heaven with Him.  Psalm 25:5 should be a PRAYER for EVERY TRUE BELIEVER:  “GUIDE me in Your truth and TEACH me, for you are God my Savior, and my HOPE is in you ALL day long.”

 

Who is GUIDING you?  I am SO THANKFUL that I can DEPEND on God’s GUIDANCE to get me through this life, and PROVIDES me with the HOPE of Heaven for ALL of ETERNITY.  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are receiving GUIDANCE from the one who will lead you straight to an ETERNITY in Hell, unless you TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be THANKFUL for God’s GUIDANCE and the HOPE of HEAVEN.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Monday, November 20, 2017

"THANKFUL for God's Goodness"


“THANKFUL for God’s Goodness”

 

 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  His love endures forever.  Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story----those He redeemed from the hand of the foe.  Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.      Psalm 107:1, 2, 8, 9

 

This Psalm was written to the nation of Israel when they were REDEEMED from captivity in Babylon.  However, this Psalm is applicable to the TRUE BELIEVER of Jesus Christ.  We too have been REDEEMED, set FREE from the BONDAGE, and CAPTIVITY of our sins.  All because of God’s ABUNDANT MERCY, AMAZING GRACE, and ENDURING LOVE. 

 

Therefore, we NEED to give THANKS to the LORD for our DELIVERANCE.  And we NEED to tell the STORY of our REDEMPTION, in order for others to be set FREE from the BONDAGE and CAPTIVITY of their sins.  We need to be a WITNESS to others, concerning ALL of the GOOD, WONDERFUL DEEDS God has done, and is CONTINUING to do for mankind. 

 

Just as He PROVIDED water for their THIRSTY bodies, He has PROVIDED LIVING WATER for the DRY, THIRSTY SOULS of mankind.  That LIVING WATER is Jesus Christ, God’s Only Begotten Son, who has REDEEMED FALLEN mankind from an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING horrors, IF they will come to God and partake of the LIVING WATER.

 

Just as He PROVIDED LIFE-SAVING food for the CAPTIVES, He PROVIDES SOUL-SAVING food for those whom He has REDEEMED.  Jesus Christ, is the BREAD of LIFE, for those who come to Him for the REDEMPTION of their SOULS.  Are you THIRSTING and HUNGERING after God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS? Have you come to the FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATER or partaken of the BREAD OF Life, Jesus Christ?  He’s your ONLY HOPE.

 

In order to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in Hell and ALL its HORRORS, with NO WAY of ESCAPE, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sins and TURN TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and GIVE THANKS to God for ALL of His GOODNESS.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

"THANKFUL for God's Provision"


“THANKFUL for God’s Provision”

 

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.     Philippians 4:19

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.        Matthew 6:8

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.        2 Corinthians 9:8

 

God is the GREAT PROVIDER, for His TRUE CHILDREN, those who have been to the Cross of Calvary, and REPENTED of their sins, and have ACCEPTED His FREE gift of SALVATION.  For them, He will meet ALL their needs.  Maybe NOT ALL their wants, but definitely ALL their needs. 

 

When we PRAY for our NEEDS, we should NOT try to IMPRESS God with our vocabulary, and our ability to use it, like the pagans, or UNBELIEVERS do, when they are in NEED of God’s PROVISION.  Some think if they use BIG FANCY words, and maybe even bargain with God, He will HEAR them and PROVIDE their need.  But that is NOT God’s way.  You MUST FIRST, COME TO Him CONFESSING your sins and getting your HEART right with Him.  ACCEPTING Jesus Christ, as your SAVIOR and LORD.  Then He will HEAR your PRAYERS, and PROVIDE your NEEDS.  The Psalmist says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will NOT hear.” (Psalm 66:18)   You MUST FIRST come with a CLEAN HEART, free from sin.  Then He will HEAR your requests.  And keep in mind that God is OMNISCIENT, ALL KNOWING, He knows your NEEDS, before you ask Him.  But He still likes to hear from you.  And NOT just when you NEED something, but He LOVES it when you come to Him with a HEART FULL of THANKSGIVING and PRAISE.

 

He is NOT ONLY able to meet ALL your NEEDS, but He is ABLE to BLESS you ABUNDANTLY, in ALL things, and at ALL times, having ALL you NEED, when you SERVE HIM with a LOVING, GIVING HEART, doing GOOD DEEDS, NOT BEGRUDGINGLY, but with a CHEERFUL HEART. 

 

Yes, I am TRULY THANKFUL for God’s PROVISION.  And NOT ONLY for the material things, but ESPECIALLY for my spiritual well-being.  God has PROVIDED SALVATION to ALL who will come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, TURNING AWAY FROM their sins and TURNING TO Him, CONFESSING their sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL their HEART, that Jesus died for them, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, before GOD, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and let Him SUPPLY ALL their NEEDS, and have the HOPE of an ETERNAL HOME in Heaven.  If you have NOT done this, you do not have His PROVISION, and are doomed to an ETERNITY in HELL.  So come to Him NOW, following the above steps.  And be THANKFUL for His PROVISION of ALL your NEEDS.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

"THANKFUL for Heaven"


“THANKFUL for Heaven”

 

“Whom have I in Heaven but You?  And earth has nothing I desire besides You.”      Psalm 73:25

“Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in Heaven…”       Matthew 5:12a

“After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into Heaven and He sat at the right hand of God.”       Mark 16:19

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in Heaven, not built by human hands.         2 Corinthians 5:1

But our citizenship is in Heaven.  And we eagerly await a SAVIOR from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.       Philippians 3: 20

We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at Home with the Lord.      2 Corinthians 5:8

 

Heaven, the dwelling place of God.  I am THANKFUL for such a place, I am THANKFUL because I am a TRUE BELIEVER, and like the Psalmist says:  “Whom have I in Heaven but You?  And earth has NOTHING I desire besides You.  If you are a TRUE BELIEVER, then you too can relate to this statement.  Knowing that we do NOT belong to this WRETCHED, SIN-LADEN WORLD, with ALL of its, heartache, pain, misery, and despair, but because God DOES exist, we have the HOPE of Heaven.

 

As True Believers, who DILIGENTLY, and with JOY serve our God, and because we serve Him, He gives us REWARDS, which are being stored in Heaven.  I am THANKFUL for Heaven, because my REWARDS are being stored there, where they will NOT be destroyed by rust, moths or decay.

 

Heaven is not only the dwelling place of God, but it is also the dwelling place of His Son, our REDEEMER and LORD, Jesus Christ, who was CRUCIFIED, BURIED, and RESURRECTED, and is sitting at the RIGHT HAND of God, the place of HONOR, in Heaven.  So I am THANKFUL for Heaven because it is the dwelling place of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Heaven is also the place where we will have a GLORIFIED BODY, a building from God, an ETERNAL HOUSE for our SOUL that is NOT built by human hands, but is DESIGNED and PERFECTED in EVERY WAY for ALL of ETERNITY.  This is another reason I am THANKFUL for Heaven.

And Heaven is the HOMELAND of the TRUE BELIEVER, it is where their CITIZENSHIP is.  We are but sojourners in a STRANGE LAND, which we will soon be leaving to go to our FOREVER HOME, HEAVEN.  I am THANKFUL for Heaven, because that is where MY CITIZENSHIP is.

 

We are CONFIDENT in our ETERNAL DESTINATION and are EAGER to be at HOME with our Lord.  I am THANKFUL for Heaven, because it IS my ETERNAL HOME.  Is it your ETERNAL HOME?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then Heaven is NOT your ETERNAL HOME. Your ETERNAL HOME is a place called HELL, the place of UNENDING TORMENT, TORTURE, PAIN, HEARTACHE, AGONY and DESPAIR, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God is giving you the opportunity NOW to change your ETERNAL HOME.  You can do that by:  TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING, your sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and become a CITIZEN of Heaven, and be THANKFUL for HEAVEN.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

"THANKFUL for Wisdom and Knowledge"


“THANKFUL for Wisdom and Knowledge”

 

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.        James 1:5

To the person who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.          Ecclesiastes 2:26

 

WISDOM:  Good judgment based on knowledge, (Webster’s Dictionary)

 

The Author of the brief epistle of James, urges TRUE BELIEVERS, who lacks the WISDOM they NEED to KNOW their God and His ways, to be able to TRUST in Him, and to BELIEVE in His GREAT POWER, to ASK God, and He will give them the WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE they need.

 

The TRUE BELIEVER needs to have a CLOSE RELATIONSHIP with God, their Heavenly Father.  In order to obtain that RELATIONSHIP, they need to have KNOWLEDGE of God and His ATTRIBUTES, with this KNOWLEDGE they gain WISDOM to be able to LIVE a LIFE in this WRETCHED, CRUEL, WICKED world, by FAITH in Him.  LIFE on earth is UNPREDICTABLE, we ALL, SINNER and BELIEVER, alike, face many UNCERTAINTIES, some of which takes a good deal of WISDOM to be able to OVERCOME. 

 

King Solomon, the author of the Book of Ecclesiastes, the WISEST man ever, tells us that the person who PLEASES God, God will give them WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE and HAPPINESS.  It is WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE and HAPPINESS that God provides for His TRUE CHILDREN that will enable them to LIVE by FAITH and to PLEASE the One who is in CONTROL of EVERYTHING.  The Sinner has the WISDOM of the WORLD, and God gives them the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to those who PLEASE HIM.  This reminds  me of Estate Sells, where, all of a person’s belongings, those things that they might have cherished at one time, things that sometimes gives incite to who that person was. Their personal things are sold to WHOEVER pays the price.  Usually, the Sinner is not always HAPPY with their lifestyle, because they KNOW something is MISSING.  No matter how much they gather, they can’t seem to fill the void.

 

I am TRULY THANKFUL for the WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE that God gives His TRUE CHILDREN, which enables us to KNOW Him better, and gives us the WISDOM we NEED to LIVE by FAITH.  Do you possess the WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE from God?  Or do you possess the WISDOM of this WRETCHED, CRUEL, WICKED world, which will lead you to an ETERNITY in HELL, suffering ALL of its HORRORS, with NO WAY OF ESCAPE.  You NOW, have the opportunity to possess the WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE, which God gives FREELY to those who PLEASE Him. You MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING, your sins to Him, asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and receive WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE and HAPPINESS from God.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!