Thoughts on Thanksgiving – #5

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Greetings!

Hopefully, you had a great Thanksgiving day and enjoyed your family and friends! As we wrap up this week’s posting, I want to encourage you to live a life of gratitude with a few gleanings from the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 1:12-17. The Apostle Paul, provides us with a vivid example of what it means to be thankful! He gives us seven reasons for being thankful to God.

1)       God has enabled me (vs. 12)! In other words, I am who I am and what I am doing by the power of God! “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (I Corinthians 15:10 NKJV); of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power. To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, (Ephesians 3:7, 8 NKJV); for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13 NKJV)

2)       He counted me faithful (vs. 12) – It is in God’s math and accounting that I have been chosen for not only salvation but this ministry. “yet I give judgment as one whom the Lord in His mercy has made trustworthy.” (I Corinthians 7:25b NKJV)

3)       He put me into ministry (service, kingdom labor) (vs. 12) – of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, (Colossians 1:25 NKJV); God had given him a divine assignment in his kingdom!

4)       In spite of Paul’s past, God saw some thing in him worth saving (vs. 13)!

5)       For His exceeding abundant grace (vs 14) – His undeserved favor outweighed my sinful life! This was Paul’s testimony. “Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, (Romans 5:20 NKJV); This produced faith in Paul instead of his former doubt and unbelief and love in contrast to all the evil and hurt he had caused! This made him a friend and no longer a foe! Because all those who are not with Christ, He said are His enemies.

6)       For saving me from being the chiefest of sinners (vs. 15) – This is why Christ had come and Paul recognizes it. “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21 NKJV); But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Matthew 9:13 NKJV);

7)       He gave me, made me a living testimony (v. 16) – Paul’s conversion encourages other sinners and even some saints! Since Christ saved and is using the worst of sinners, He can save and use anybody!

Paul concludes his message with a crescendo of praise in recognition of who God is and says, “unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” We too should continue to be amazed and allow this to cause us to be mindful of what Christ has done for us!

Until next week, Stay on Target!

 

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Thoughts on Thanksgiving – #4

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone:

As we prepare to enjoy our families, great food and festivities, here are a few words to think on today. It is our fourth thought on thanksgiving:

Understand that it is thanksgiving that proceeds us into God’s matchless presence. We cannot hope to attempt to come into His presence with ungrateful hearts.

–       Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. (Psalms 95:2 NKJV)

–      Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalms 100:4 NKJV)

In other words, the more we thank Him, the more He shows up! Our God loves the atmosphere of appreciation! Wherever you are today and no matter who you may be with, make the place where you are be one filled with His presence by giving Him thanks!

Stay on Target!

Thoughts on Thanksgiving #3

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Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Here is my third thought on being thankful.

When we thank God, it helps us to magnify Him! To magnify means to make His name great or big, especially in one’s on mind or situation. So why does thanking God help us to magnify Him? Because we are either thanking Him for what He has done or better yet we are thanking Him for who He is! “I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” (Psalms 69:30 NKJV)

–      We refuse to give ourselves over to murmuring and complaining! It is impossible to magnify God with our mouthes and murmur at the same time. We set ourselves to magnify Him and keep negativity out of our mouths.

–      We stop being self focused or self-centered and turn all our attention to Him! We become the more mindful of who our God is, what He has done for us and all He affords us through His blessing.

–      So we magnify Him!

Stay on Target! And if you are traveling this holiday, be safe and stay tuned for tomorrow’s post.

Thoughts on Thanksgiving – Part 2

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Greetings:

Expressing our thanksgiving is a key element of being thankful. In other words, thanksgiving has a voice! “That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works.” (Psalms 26:7 NKJV)

–      Thanksgiving is not silent!

–      Thanksgiving talks about the God who alone is worthy of it!

–      It tells all about His wondrous works!

So, those who are thankful express this verbally and unashemedly. Make a bold determination to not be quiet concerning your gratitude to God for Who He is and all He has done!

Stay On Target!

 

Thoughts on Being Thankful

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Greetings:

As our nation turns its attention to the Thanksgiving season, this week I want to offer a few helpful thoughts on being thankful!

Our call as believers is to live in a perpetual season of thanksgiving. We do so primarily from a point of obedience as we embrace the command of the Spirit “in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” How many believe that? How many take that to heart? How many receive that as a mandate from the Lord to be continually thankful not for everything but “in” it all?

Ours is a faith walk. The scripture teaches us that it is our way to “walk by faith and not by sight.” Walking by faith merely means we take God at His word and we do what He says by the help of His power. We need that power to carry out an exhortation such as this – to give Him thanks in everything.

Thanksgiving finds its basis in remembrance and understanding! Relative to the God of the Bible, when we remember who He is and all that He’s done for us, the appropriate response is thankfulness! And when we come to understand that it was Him, before, during and even after, Who was working it out for our good, we are indeed most thankful!

Until the next time, Stay On Target!

Successfully Single – Element #5

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Greetings:

Here is the fifth and final element for living Successfully Single. I hope this has been a blessing to you!

Future – Your future will be no better than your vision, value system and the virtue you possess. Those who will live a successful single life must strive to possess and be strong in all three.

A) Vision – divine direction; God’s direction for your life (Prov. 29:18)

–    You will perish waiting on someone else to give direction or vision to your life. You must get a vision for your life from God.

B) Value System – an anchor for your life; moral standards that are non-negotiable; the foundation for integrity; the standard by which you judge everything else.

– Your standard ought to be the Word of God

C) Virtue – moral excellence in demonstration; living what is right. Wherever there is virtue there is power! Many Christians have no power because they have no moral excellence. (2 Peter 1:5; Phil. 1:10) Moral excellence is what produces power!

How do you get vision, virtue and a value system? They come through the fellowship of the Spirit! You must not only be born again, baptized in the Spirit but you must be filled with or under the control of the Holy Ghost.

–    Gal. 5:16

–    Rom. 8

See you next week and Stay on Target!

Successfully Single – Element #4

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Greetings!

Here is the fourth element from the message concerning being Successfully Single! Thanks for all of your comments and to all new followers!

Finding (for the men) and Being Found (for the ladies):

The Bible teaches that a man is to find a wife, giving us two thoughts: males are to do the finding and females are to adept at being found. This has taken a new format in our day. Many are resorting to the Internet to find a mate. There have been some successes, but there have also been many more nightmares! My encouragement to you, Stay with the Word! Learn to release faith for a mate. And while you are in the process, work on…

A) Emotional preparation – Know who you are according to the Word of God

1) Males (You are a man of God)

– Created in God’s own image (Gen. 1:26-27)

– Head over your wife (Gen. 3:16; 1 Cor. 11:3; 1 Peter 3:1; Eph. 5:22-23)

– You are to rule over your home (1 Tim. 3:5, 12; Gen. 18:19)

– You are to work and provide for your household (Gen. 1:26-27; 1 Tim. 5:8; 2 Thess. 3:10, Gen. 3;19; Exod. 20:9)

– You are the priest for your family (Josh. 24:15)

– You are to be full of and manifest the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5: 22-23)

2) Females (You are a woman of God)

– You are to be a virtuous woman (Prov. 31:10)

– You are to be a good thing that brings the favor of God (Prov. 18:22)

– You are to be gracious (Prov. 11:16)

– You are to be discrete (Prov. 11:22)

– You are to be strong, honorable, wise and kind (Prov. 31:25-26)

– You are to be full of and manifest the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5: 22-23)

Note: Neither of you should be lazy or given to anger.

B) Financial preparation: 6 things to do with your money

– Support the kingdom

– Pay  your taxes

– Pay your debts

– Provide for your living expenses

– Save and accumulate

– Provide for the poor and the needy

C) Spiritual preparation – Produces good, godly self-esteem

(Females) – Your responsibility is to be found. Not to do the finding. Work on being more like Christ!

(Males)

– Seek to be married for God’s purposes and not your own.

– Become someone worthy of being found. Work on being more like Jesus!

 

We are almost there! Hang in there with me for the fifth and final element on tomorrow! Until then, Stay on target!