Tuesday, October 15, 2019

When Seasons Come, I Am Thankful

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: Gen1:14 (KJV)

1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Eccl 3:1

21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, And knowledge to them that know understanding: Dan 2:21

There are seasons of nature, seasons of life, and even seasons of circumstances. God is Lord of all seasons. He is Lord of the spring, summer, fall and winter. He makes them all beautiful.

He is Lord of the seasons of life. He is the architect of our DNA, our days, and our destiny according to His foreknowledge and grace.

Even the circumstances of life fall under his purview for all things work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. Thank You Lord, for the seasons!

Monday, October 14, 2019

When Sorrows Come, I Am Thankful….

It sounds odd to say we are thankful in times of sorrow. It sounds weird but it is a wonderful truth. Why? Be of Jesus.

3 He is despised and rejected of men; A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: And we hid as it were our faces from him; He was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, And carried our sorrows: Yet we did esteem him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon him; And with his stripes we are healed. Isa 53:3–5 (KJV)

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matt 5:3–5

It brings us comfort to know that Jesus is a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He knows what our sorrow is like and what we are going through.

It gives us comfort that He has promised comfort for those who morn. Thank you, Lord, for He promise to never leave us or forsake us. Thank you for showing up when we come to times of sorrow.

Thursday-Friday, Oct 11, 2019

I Am Thankful for the Word of God

105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And a light unto my path. Psa 119:105 (KJV)

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, That I might not sin against thee. Ps 119:11

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Tim 3:16–17

20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:
but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 Peter 1:20–21

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

I Am Thankful for My Fifth Core Belief
By grace you have been saved thorugh Faith

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Eph 2:8–10 (KJV)

We are saved by grace and faith is the channel through which our salvation comes to us from the Cross of Christ. It is by faith that we abide in Him and He in us just as much as the branch abides in the vine.

We are not saved by obedience to the Law but by believing in Jesus. Understanding this brings us to a much deeper understanding of the Old and New Testaments. The Law is a call to One Nation, Grace is a call to whosoever will! The Law never saved anyone but points to the Savior of Salvation. Grace is a wonderful theme found throughout the New Testament calling us to salvation by grace through faith. What a Savior! Jesus is His name.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

I Am Thankful for My fourth Core Belief

  1. God Is
  2. God can
  3. God Loves
  4. God Works

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom 8:28–31 (KJV)

God is working in all the circumstances of our lives for our good. This is the way of God who is, and can, and loves. Our Father is not some tyrannical power who waits to pounce on us because He is angry. He is
our Father!

Monday, October 7, 2019

I Am Thankful for My Third Core Belief
God is love

16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 1 John 4:16 (KJV)

This is my most cherished core belief; it has effect on all the others and on everything about life. God is love! Pat Hand used to say, “if God had a refrigerator your picture would be on it.”

Lots of people think they are lovers, but they can cut their love on and off as if it were a light switch. Real love is eternal, unconditional, and incalculable. It is overflowing!

Oh, dear reader know that God loves you. Those three words were found in almost everything that Billy Graham preached. I borrow and bend some lines of the Beatles song of he 60’s:

You think you’ve lost your love
But I talked with Him today
God says He loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
God loves you and you know that can’t be bad
God loves you and you know you should be glad!

Friday, October 4, 2019

I Am Thankful for My Second Core Belief

My first core belief is that God is. There Is a God over all Heaven and Earth. There is a God and I am not Him.

My second core belief is that God can do what He says He can do. He is almighty, all-powerful, He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.

37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37 (KJV)

15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. 16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. Rev 11:15–17

There is no hurt, habit, hang-up, or problem in our lives that is beyond the reach of God’s healing grace.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

I Am Thankful for My Core Beliefs
I AM that I AM

Life goes through cycles of suffering and doubt. Job knew what that was like and wondered why. It is common to feel anxiety, anger, and fear in the face of the storms of life. But all of that is conquered by the God Who Is.

My core beliefs always surface in the darkest times. They are the foundations of my life and they steady my soul when it is troubled.

My first core belief is that God is. He is the great I Am that I Am who shows up in the burning bush that is not consumed. He is all that He says He is. He is Creator, Eternal, Life, Light, Truth, Supreme, Savior, Worthy and so much more.

God is righteous and good. God is love. He is fulfilling His divine purpose in me, for me, through me, all for His glory. Nature reveals His presence and majesty. My soul is stirred in His nearness. I know that God is, and that I am not Him. But I know that He is my God, Creator, and Savior. This is my first basic core belief. It is the foundational doctrine of all that I believe. God is.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Why Sing, Why Praise?
praise Him

11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. Ezra 3:11 (KJV)

The ESV and NKJV both read “they sang responsively.” I have had very little study of music appreciation, but I know that song can speak out of the heart and soul in ways that mere words cannot. Singing unto the lord in worship, and in joyful encouragement of one another is a powerful ingredient into the mix of worship in spirit and in truth.

Why do we worship and give praise? Because God is good, and His mercy endures forever. Bless the Lord O my soul, bless His holy name. Sing like never before! God is good. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift. He is working for our good in all the circumstances (both good and bad) of our lives. God is good because God is love and love is good.

Ezra and the people praised God for the Temple was being rebuilt and it was a joyful holy moment. We praise Him because the great foundation of the Temple of the Holy Spirit is laid in Christ alone.

11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 3:11

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Thank You Lord for Early Mornings

I love the quiet of early morning. It is good for me to seek God before the break of day.

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And I walk with Him and I talk with Him
And He tells me I am His own

Do you see the little alteration made in the above stanza of In the Garden? It is become my habit of not asking the Lord to walk with me.
O Lord help me to walk with Thee.

Whatever the day holds is in God’s hands. He is Lord of the day and all of the circumstances that will come in it.

3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Ps 5:3 (KJV)

Monday, September 30, 2019

While I Live Will I Praise the LORDproxy.duckduckgo.com

1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. 2 While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Ps 146:1–2 (KJV)

How sad it is to stand in the congregation of Almighty God and sing songs of praise and thanksgiving with no sense of joy. This must not be allowed. Of course, there will be days when we are overcome by grief or sickness, but even then, the child of God must learn the ways to rejoice, and again I say rejoice.

Will Thanksgiving 2019 be a season of praise or polite tradition in which we can hardly wait for it to be over?

My call to us is that we stir up in our hearts a true sense of thanks-giving and giving thanks so that at seasons end, we will have begun a course that will continue for the rest of our lives and even into glory. Amen.