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.’”

 

 

 

Faithful

Faithful

It’s when we are faithful where we are that God opens doors for more in our lives. Our labor of love is not in vain in the Lord. He sees all that we do for His glory. He knows when we go the extra mile in our duties. We delight in going above and beyond the norm. With His spirit of excellence working in and through us, we can expect promotion.

When Paul thanks God for His enablement, he connects it with having been counted faithful. In the Bible, to be enabled means to be empowered. It’s not just being able to accomplish something in the natural; it’s doing it supernaturally by the power of God. When our focus is to remain faithful to God, we can trust His empowerment to manifest.

We represent the Lord and do all things as unto Him. He releases His power as we obey His leading. We stay committed to what He has placed in our hands. All that we do in private for Him, He rewards openly. Others might not seem to notice, appreciate, or affirm our actions; but God surely does. With divine ability, He gives us more responsibility. We can trust His faithfulness,  from glory to glory! 

1 Timothy 1:12 “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.”

 

 

 

Responding by the Spirit

Responding by the Spirit

A husband comes home late, and his wife accuses him of cheating; her insecurity and jealousy attempt to stir up a heated argument. The husband yields to the Spirit of God and calmly reaches out to her with love, calms her fears and speaks life over her, in Jesus’ name. The enemy’s endeavor is defeated, and our Lord’s glory is reflected.

When the character of Christ comes forth in our behavior, He is glorified in our lives. Oppositions and hindrances to our walk of peace are opportunities for us, and others, to see how much we have been changed into the image of the Lord. In the ways we face confrontations … the work of sanctification of the Holy Spirit can be seen and its increase realized.

We also recognize the areas where we are still in need of transformation. Our focus needs to be on what our Lord has already done, not on what still needs to be accomplished. We can trust Him for what is lacking when we realize the amazing changes He has already brought forth in our character. We can also extend greater grace and mercy to others, from glory to glory! 

Romans 13:13-14 “Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

 

 

 

Called Out

Called Out

When we are a child of God, we are called by God. To be called means to be summoned. The Lord has summoned us to be His vessels of glory. His calling is to be believed and received. It unfolds by His grace. Foremost, when we are born again, we are called out. We are called out of our past, our old habits, our mistakes and what we used to be. He translates us out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.

He summons us out of the old into the new; out of despair, into hope; out of blindness, into sight; out of war, into peace; out of rejection, into acceptance. We are called out. God calls us into all that we are and have in Him. With God, there is no calling out without being called into something divine. There is no going back. Everything the Lord does is to bring us closer to Him.

He calls off everything in our life that might be a hindrance to what He is calling us to be and to do. The specifics might be unknown, but the call is loud and clear. He uses situations in our life to get us to call upon Him in new ways. He then answers with a reassurance of the call on our lives. God continues to call us, from glory to glory! 

1 Corinthians 1:9 “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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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.”

 

 

 

Victorious Road

Victorious Road

The waters that parted for the children of Israel are the same waters that drowned the Egyptians. Our enemies cannot travel the victorious road Jesus has prepared for us. After the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, they looked behind them and saw the dead Egyptians. We, too, must see our enemies defeated.

The lies of satan often pertain to things of our past: a failed goal, an addiction, a toxic relationship, or a shameful situation. Through the victory of Jesus on calvary and the power of forgiveness, we can abound in His grace. The person we used to be, before our new birth in Christ… is dead. We must see our old nature that tries to battle us as dead. 

Proclaiming ourselves dead unto sin but alive unto God disarms our adversary. We are survivors and through the power of Christ, we bounce back from all trials and tribulations. What we see and believe as already conquered cannot threaten our lives. To see our enemies destroyed helps nullify their power. We remain on our victorious road, and go forward with the glory of the Lord as our rear guard, from glory to glory! 

Exodus 14:30 “So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.”