Are there conditions on your faith in Christ? Have you placed self-imposed limitations on what you will believe about Him? Have you made what you know about Him and how you will live for Him subject to your experience?
Thomas the disciple did! But notice upon who Christ proclaimed the blessing?
John 20:24-29 NLT
One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” (Emphasis mine)
Take the conditions off of your faith! Be in awe of the Awesome God! Stand in reverence of His holiness and righteousness! Believe Him without any sense realm evidence! You will only be the better for it!
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Being “ministry-minded” begins with your attitude towards: God, His people and His work. First of all, the mental picture you have of the God of the Bible greatly influences the level of your ministry-mindedness. How you see Him will greatly impact your mentality towards the ministry He assigns to you. Your view of Him as the One assigning you the work is key. Think about it for a moment. The King of Glory has chosen you to be in partnership with Him in kingdom endeavor. The Apostle Paul said, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,” (I Timothy 1:12 NKJV). We all should be as thankful! This thankfulness however should produce an increasing thouhgtulness.
Being ministry-minded means that the work of ministry comes up in your mind more than just when you show up at the church for worship. You actually give thought time to what you have been assigned to do and how you can make the ministry better even as a whole when you are not necessarily on site?
The Kingdom of God deserves people that give “thought time” to it relative to the God who blesses us to serve in it. As you consider Him, think about His work and how to get it done, who to involve along the way, the people it is to benefit and who you are becoming as you walk it out!
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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!
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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.
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!
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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!