Gratitude

Gratitude

Out of ten lepers who received healing as they obeyed Jesus’ instructions to show themselves to the priest, only one, a foreigner, returned to give glory to God. Are we like this one, or like the nine? To be thankful increases or faith in God and His promises while enabling us to be content in all things.

Satan tries to get us to focus on our unanswered prayers instead of being grateful for the answered ones. He knows that our gratitude stirs up praise and shifts our negative attitudes. We cannot thank God and complain to Him at the same time. Giving thanks, not just to God, but to others, helps us appreciate God’s blessings and keep anger and strife away from our lives.

There is not enough room to list all that God has done for us! Even after years of being saved, our thankfulness should be just as heartfelt as it was at the beginning of our walk with Him. We are to have an attitude of gratitude. It’s not the lack that we look at, but on the God who is more than enough. Our prayers turn into praises, from glory to glory! 

Luke 17:17-19 “So Jesus answered and said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed?  But where are the nine?  Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?’  And He said to him, ‘Arise, go your way.  Your faith has made you well.’”

 

 

 

Draw Nigh unto God

Draw Nigh unto God

When we draw nigh unto God, He draws nigh unto us. Our loving Father is waiting for us to stretch our hand out to Him. As soon as we do, He quickly draws nigh, and we encounter an increasing measure of His glory.

Because God is eternal, He is outside of our time dimension. In the natural, if we were to watch a parade go by, we would only see it as it comes in front of us. The higher we would go, the more we would see parts of the parade. God sees the end from the beginning, our past, present, and future, at the same time. He protects all our family members at the same time. He stretches out His hand against the wrath of our enemies. The moment He touches us, we encounter eternity. Heaven touches earth. Glory touches dust. Healing touches sickness. Hope touches despair.

Whenever we draw nigh unto God, we can expect Him to draw nigh unto us. Almighty God longs to be one with us. He loves us and desires to walk with us—hand in hand, in one accord, from glory to glory! 

Psalms 138:7-8 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”

 

 

 

 

Contentment

Contentment

Because the Lord is with us, we can do all things through Him, including being content in every situation. Discontentment gives us a desire to live in another place, have another job, buy more stuff or be another person. Advertisements show pictures of another thing, or another place, that seem to be what we need to have a better life. Nothing in the natural can satisfy.

Our contentment is in Christ, not in this or that. If we get our contentment from this or that, we will go up and down constantly as this or that will always change and never be enough. It’s through our knowledge of Christ that we learn to be content.

We learn that Christ works all things together for our good. We learn He provides for us during all situations. We learn He has a glorious plan for our lives and He enables us to walk through every challenge…and He uses it to bring forth His perfect will. We learn to be content because we truly can do all things through Christ. We find that not only do we go from strength to strength but also, from glory to glory! 

Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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Not Ashamed!

Not Ashamed!

We will not be ashamed of our hope, faith, or confidence in God. Whether we are going through a barren season, a dry season, or a challenging season…we can trust and know that season will come to an end. We can stand believing our walk of faith in our Lord will never be in vain. We will not be put to shame, embarrassed, or humiliated because of our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Some may have watched us standing on the promises of God with cynicism, believing we would give up and fail. However, the exact opposite will happen. Others will see the reality of God through our lives. God will be glorified!  Instead of giving up, we pursue additional endeavors and assignments. Our vision is ever-expanding. We are stronger than we’ve ever been.

In unity we exhort, encourage and edify one another standing together in a spirit of love. Delays and battles do not diminish our fire for the things of the Kingdom; they fuel it with passion and determination. God will not disappoint us. God appoints and anoints us for such a time as this, from glory to glory! 

Isaiah 54:4 “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.”

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Pray to Obey

Pray to Obey

Our willingness to obey the Lord, regardless of what He asked of us, matters on a moment-by-moment basis. We are to take heed of the leading of the Holy Spirit consistently and faithfully in our fulfillment of God’s perfect will. It could be after years of preparing something one way that God brings another approach.

Abraham obeyed God’s directive to take his son Isaac to the land of Moriah to offer him as a sacrifice. After many steps of obedience along the way, he was told by the Angel of the Lord not to lay his hand on the lad or do anything to harm him. After all the steps Abraham walked, to stop could have appeared questionable and inconceivable. As our father of faith, he shows how we follow God with a childlike blind faith wholeheartedly.

Sometimes God leads us to do something, only to ask us to do the opposite at a moment’s notice. Are we willing to do whatever God asks of us? Even when it means letting go of what we hold dear? What if it means moving to unknown territories or getting out of our comfort zone? When we are eager to do God’s will, He leads us to do the unexpected. We pray to obey, from glory to glory! 

Genesis 22:12 “And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

 

 

 

Come Unto Me

Come Unto Me

The difficulties she faced in a relationship weighed heavily on her heart. She struggled with not knowing why someone she considered a friend stopped talking to her. The battle in her mind hindered her focus and peace. She talked about it to a few people, sought counseling, and remained preoccupied. It lasted weeks until three words in a scripture jumped at her: “come unto Me!”

Our tendency is to reach for human help before going to the Lord. We look for experts to give us answers to our problems. Resources are valuable, but only after going to the Lord. The Lord uses various avenues to help us, and His instructions differ from person to person. We are to come to Him first, expecting His healing touch and trusting His Lordship.

What we encounter can become a heavy weight if we don’t go to the Lord first. One way we know to do so is when we feel heavily laden. Our Lord’s burden is light; His yoke is easy. He bore our weaknesses on the cross. He is alive today and invites us: “Come unto Me!” We go to the Lord first and find rest for our souls, from glory to glory! 

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”