Give thanks to the Lord for he is good and his mercies endures forever.
Thanksgiving is a selfless act that sees beyond what you have not received.
Thanksgiving is a choice once made brings joy and great fulfilment to both parties involved.
A grateful heart is a positive heart.
A grateful person is a graceful person.
I would rather spend time with one who is thankful than spend time with one who is resentful.
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.”
Faith comes from hearing and hearing the word of God.
In this era of instant happenings and fast world, the delay can be frustrating. In the current normal, we have to wait in line for our turn in the mall while maintaining the required social distance. As we waited for our turn to get in the grocery store and shop today, I thought of how sometimes all that is needed in our spiritual walk is patience.
When it comes to our personal battles, as Christians, it isn’t guess work. God has clearly shown us in the Bible the battles that we should engage in and the battles that we are promised to win! Following are just a few: 1 Cor. 15:57: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We are promised victory in every battle, if we go “through” our Lord. 1 John 5:4: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith.” We’re promised to overcome the world, its temptations & trials, if we’ll but hold in in “faith.” 2 Corinthians 2:14: “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ.” We’re promised that in any battle where Christ is leading us, He’ll always bring us ultimately into victory!
Shame is a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.
“Shout for joy, O barren one, she who has not given birth; Break forth into joyful shouting and rejoice, she who has not gone into labor [with child]! For the [spiritual] sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the site of your tent [to make room for more children]; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, do not spare them; Lengthen your tent ropes And make your pegs (stakes) firm [in the ground]. For you will spread out to the right and to the left, And your descendants will take possession of nations And will inhabit deserted cities. “Do not fear, for you will not be put to shame, And do not feel humiliated or ashamed, for you will not be disgraced. For you will forget the shame of your youth, And you will no longer remember the disgrace of your widowhood.
Isaiah 54:1-4 AMP
The fear of shame enslaves many from progress.
No one wants to be ashamed or disgraced.
But if, for some instances, you have encountered shame, You can rise above it.
Jesus, the author of our faith, Did it.
He despised the shame of the cross because of the awaiting glory.
[looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our hope to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].
Hebrews 12:2 AMP
Disregard shame and rise above it in Jesus' name.
♧ Affliction shall not rise up the second time.
Nahum 1:9 KJV
This is one of my favorite Promises, I claim over my life.
♤ Prolonged battles can be exhausting. Going through one can deflate your eagerness to Praise.
◇But understand that if you are in such a position, praise brings Refreshing. So don't ask for how Long? Just praise and be renewed!
#Praise in the Prolonged Battles.
@Pastor Lucy Paynter
Glorious POWER Church''
So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down to the earth and put his face between his knees, and he said to his servant, “Go up, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” Elijah said, “Go back” seven times. And at the seventh time, the servant said, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea.” And Elijah said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down so that the rain shower does not stop you.’ ”
1 Kings 18:42-44 AMP
People can get hurt, physically and emotionally—which can then lead to spiritual hurt.
Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.
Name some situations or circumstances when it’s okay to feel angry.
Remember to focus on the situation, not a person or group of people.
Examples could be cancer, injustice, pollution, or similar things.
Anger affects people in different ways.
When some people get angry, they might want to punch something or throw something.
Others may want to scream, yell, or stomp their feet.
Other translations of this verse say that fools give full vent to their anger.
That means they just let it all out and unload on anyone and everyone that comes near when they’re angry.
But the last part of that Scripture says that the wise quietly hold it back.
It doesn’t mean the wise don’t get angry, but they are not the ones who will vomit their anger all over anyone in their way.
So, what is the difference between the anger that fools vent and the anger of a wise person?
Let’s look at Jesus.
When Jesus was angry at the “money-changers” in the Temple, He was angry that they were stealing from people.
They were treating the Temple as just another way to scam people out of money.
Similar to those social media scams that say, “Send me $19.95, and I’ll tell you the secret to making millions from the internet.”
Jesus was angry because what they were doing was not right.
When you get angry, are you angry at the person or the situation?
A wise person holds their anger back quietly.
It doesn’t mean that they never feel angry, but they don’t show it very much, very often, or hardly ever at all.
Since every human being on the planet gets angry, including you and I, here are a couple of things you can do to help manage your emotions:
Choose your battles.
Wise people who hold back their anger are able to assess a situation and decide what is worth getting angry about and when they should keep quiet.
There are things that every Christian should get angry about, and do something about if they can—and if God directs them to take certain actions.
Even though people can be extremely passionate about situations and issues, remember that people are made in God’s image and we are called to love everyone— even if we disagree with what they stand for or believe in.
Don’t respond immediately.
When we face a situation that makes us angry, we naturally want to lash out in the moment.
Take a breath, walk away, do whatever you need to do to keep from responding negatively in the moment of anger.
Then, once you’ve considered an appropriate, Christ-like response, explain that you are angry at the situation, but not the person.
For those who may get angry quickly, there are tools you can use to help manage your anger—consider working out or running to let off some steam.
You can also talk to a trusted adult or friend who will pray with you when you need help.
Sometimes, even just separating yourself from a situation can make a big difference in how you react.
You will find that many things are just not worth getting, or staying, angry over.
God has given us so many tools in His Word that help us in every situation in life.
His desire is to walk with us through all of our emotions and in every situation.
God is with you, even when you’re angry and you can always turn to Him to help you.
Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 NIV
If the axe is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.
Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord , and that thought upon his name.
Malachi 3:16 KJV
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Galatians 6:9 KJV
But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 KJV
You will not remain forgotten a Time of Remembrance is Coming.
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
1 Samuel 30:1-4, 6 KJV
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Rom. 8:28. As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (50:20).
And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will listen and answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”
Zechariah 13:9 AMP. “Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place where they refine gold. Iron is taken out of the earth, And copper is smelted from the stone ore. Man puts an end to darkness [by bringing in a light], And to the farthest bounds he searches out The rock buried in gloom and deep shadow. He breaks open (mine) shafts far away from where people live, [In places] forgotten by the [human] foot; They dangle [in the mines] and hang away from men. [As for] the earth, out of it comes food, But underneath [its surface, down deep] it is turned over as fire. Its stones are the bed of sapphires; It holds dust of gold. The path [deep within] no bird of prey knows, And the falcon’s eye has not caught sight of it. The proud beasts [and their young] have not walked on it, Nor has the fierce lion passed over it. Man puts his hand on [and tears apart] the flinty rock; He overturns the mountains at the base [looking for treasure]. He cuts out channels and passages among the rocks; And his eye sees every precious thing. Man dams up the streams from flowing [so that they do not trickle into the mine], And what is hidden he brings out to the light.
Job 28:1-11 AMP. For You have tested us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid a heavy burden [of servitude] on us. You made men (charioteers) ride over our heads [in defeat]; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a [broad] place of abundance [to be refreshed].
Psalms 66:10-12 AMP
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.”