The world around us is definitely changing quickly and not all for the good. The evil if more apparent and things we never imagined we would see are happening before our eyes. It is a time to not faint but to stand firm and let the world see the overcomer you are in the Lord. As Believers, we are blessed and secure in knowing we have Jesus and He is always there with us no matter what the situations may be. That doesn’t mean there will not be hard times, times when fear is knocking at our heart’s door or times of persecution. Those times will come and knowing we have a Savior Who lives within us and promises to never leave us will bring us comfort. His love, joy, peace, strength, hope, faith, grace and all He is will give us all we need to persevere and stand firm when all around us is falling apart. Things of the world become more uncertain each day. Each of us can know Him in a way that lets us know that His ways become more certain each day. Our only hope rests on knowing how much we are loved by Him and then let Him love others through us. In the mist of all this uncertainty the greatest thing we have beside our Lord and Savior is loving one another. The Word tells us “Not forsaking or neglecting to assembly together as believers, as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25. WE NEED EACH OTHER AND EACH OTHERS LOVE!!! We need each other even more as we see the day of evil approaching.
Today we take time to thank our military. The men and women and their families who have sacrificed their own lives to keep freedom in our country. There are more problems than we have imagined in our country but it is still better than most places in the world and we must be thankful. We rejoice in honoring those who have fought for us, praying for families who lost a loved one in the service. We thank and honor you today and always. Let’s speak Life over this country! Death and life are in the power of the tongue. There is power in even this one little church speaking His words of life>
There are so many people who lay aside some of their wants and desires and give to others. Today we want to thank some of them. We thank the First Responders who are there putting themselves in danger to rescue others. The Doctors, Nurses and others who give to help us and our family when sickness and physical health issues hits. We thank teachers who teach our children and us. We thank missionaries who give up the luxuries of this life in the US and go to share the love of the Lord with others. We thank Pastors who care about people and want to share the love of the Lord with this hurting world. We are thankful for those in the fixing business. When something breaks or isn’t right we thank those who come to help – plumbers, electricians, septic fellows, etc. All of us working together – each helping the other in the area we are gifted to do is what keeps this world and our community together. If we didn’t have each other we would not have anything. Be sure and thank those in your life who have helped you.
Again, today is the time set apart to honor and thank Veterans and those currently serving our country in the military. We thank you and pray for you and your family! The power of Jesus working in each of us is the only way we can truly do the things we do and serve. His love is to be our motivation. Sharing His love with the world is what will bring a difference. Here are a few verses of thanksgiving and love to meditate on this week. Thank you!!!
“It is a good and delightful thing to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High.” Psalm 92:1
“That I may make the voice of thanksgiving heard and tell of all Your wondrous works.” Psalm 26:7
“O sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things.” Psalm 98:1
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing! Know that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise Him. For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting. His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5
“O give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known His doings among the peoples!” Psalm 105:1
“He who gives to the poor will not want..” Proverbs 28:27
“He gives power to the faint and weary and to him who has no might He increases strength causing it to multiply and making it abound. Even youths shall faint and be weary and young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted. But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up close to God as eagles mount up to the sun; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” Isaiah 40:29-31
“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness and then all these things will be given unto you. So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:33-34
“Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
“If I were to speak with eloquence in the earth’s many languages, and in the heavenly tongues of angels, yet I didn’t express myself with love, my words would be reduced to the hollow sound of nothing more than a clanging cymbal. And if I were to have the gift of prophecy with a profound understanding of God’s hidden secrets, and if I possessed unending supernatural knowledge, and if I had the greatest gift of faith that could move mountains but never learned to love, then I am nothing. And if I were to be so generous as to give away everything I owned to feed the poor, and to offer my body to be burned as a martyr, without the pure motive of love, I would gain nothing on value. Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as a defeat, for it never gives up. Love never stops loving. It extends beyond the gift of prophecy, which eventually fades away. It is more enduring than tongues, which will one day fall silent. Love remains long after words of knowledge are forgotten. Our present knowledge and our prophecies are but partial but when love’s perfection arrives, the partial will fade away. When I was a child I spoke about childish matters, for I saw things like a child and reasoned like a child. But the day came when I matured, and I set aside my childish ways. For now we see but a faint reflection of riddles and mysteries as through reflected in a mirror but one day we will see face-to-face. My understanding is incomplete now but one day I will understand everything, just as everything about me has been fully understood. Until then, there are three things that remain: faith, hope and love – yet love surpasses them all. So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.” 1 Corinthians 13 Passion Translation
“Thanking God for you is so easy - it just flows out of my heart every time I think of you. In fact, I never take a break from letting God know how I feel about you.”