Thanksgiving

#thanksgiving
 
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. (‭Psalms‬ ‭100‬:‭4 – 5 NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬
God alone is worthy of being worshipped. What is your attitude toward worship? Do you willingly and joyfully come into God’s presence, or are you just going through the motions, reluctantly going to church? This psalm tells us to remember God’s goodness and dependability, and then to worship with thanksgiving and praise! (Tyndale Study Bible)
You know that little voice in the back of your mind that talks to you. No that s not right, I am doing wrong here. Maybe I should be doing this? Well, don’t ignore it. That is the Holy Spirit that is with you.
You see just as the scripture says, His love is unfailing and will be with us forever.
What amazes me that there so many other religions that acknowledge that God exists. And yes it is only God that is worthy of worship. As Christian, we have it all, the Trinity, Father Son and Holy Ghost. We have Jesus as our saviour and power.
All we need daily is Praise God, for that he has promised all his Love and grace. It will be around for ages, as before.
Like all those years ago, God’s love will be around forever. Then Jesus came to save us and promised us eternal life. Just believe and have faith.
” Lord I pray that I will acknowledge your eternal Love and remember that you are good. There is only one God, and that is our God. I thank you for being there for me. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”
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Boast

#boast
 
‬‬“As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.” When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:17-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
When we do something well, we want to tell others and be recognized. But recognition is dangerous—it can lead to inflated pride. How much better it is to seek the praise of God rather than the praise of people. Then, when we receive praise, we will be free to give God the credit. What should you change about the way you live in order to receive God’s commendation?(Tyndale Study Bible)
I immediately think of the words “holy”, “humble”, and “pure”. The key word to me personally is “humble”.
My daughter is taking part in a Triathlon today. Last evening standing around the camp fire, although trying to be humble, I spoke about what I achieved in the past. Yes, there is a little boasting in all of that.
Us humans all look for recognition, if not from our peers it’s from people in our space. Have you heard this before: “Meet Joe. He has achieved this and that”? It’s in our nature to seek recognition.
So why not boast about the most important person in world – God? Recognize Him before your peers. That recognition and boasting will stand you in good stead. The most important recognition is that of God. We need nothing from our peers. It’s all about God.
There is saying: “out of sight, out of mind.” We can’t see God that why it’s important to keep Him in our minds at all times. The best way is to surround ourselves with Godly things and practices. Like boasting about God.
“ Lord I pray for Your presence in my life at all times. May people around me see You in me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”
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New life

#newlife
 
‘No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.’ Philippians 3:13-14
Paul had reason to forget the past—he had held the coats of those who had stoned Stephen, the first Christian martyr (Acts 7:57-58, Paul is called Saul here). We have all done things for which we are ashamed, and we live in the tension of what we have been and what we want to be. Because our hope is in Christ, however, we can let go of past guilt and look forward to what God will help us become. Don’t dwell on your past. Instead, grow in the knowledge of God by concentrating on your relationship with him now. Realize that you are forgiven, and then move on to a life of faith and obedience. Look forward to a fuller and more meaningful life because of your hope in Christ. (Life Application Study Bible).
How fitting, the last couple of days the question is whether we have a guide. It was clear that the Bible and all its wisdom is an excellent guide.
When we want to change our lives, we leave a past. There is something that we are not proud of. Paul murdered Christian and then on the road to Damascus, he had an encounter with God. Realised that his old way is not fitting. What is your way?
As scripture and commentary say, there is nothing we have to be ashamed of. God forgives us. What is remarkable to me is that people don’t forgive. They seem to hang on to your wrongs to cover their insecurities and transgression.
I think of relationships which all start from liking to loving. Yes, not all erotic love. Love has many forms. Pay attention to these words. “Love is patient and kind. “Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.” A Quote from 1 Corinthians 13.
The point is we need to love and forgive; we have a new life in Christ.
I thank you, God, Amen.
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Actions

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NLT)”
Our society confuses love and lust. Unlike lust, God’s kind of love is directed outward toward others, not inward toward ourselves. It is utterly unselfish. This kind of love goes against our natural inclinations. It is impossible to have this love unless God helps us set aside our own natural desires so that we can love and not expect anything in return. Thus, the more we become like Christ, the more love we will show to others.
Paul says that love “is not irritable.” Sometimes we’re irritated or angered by others, and we don’t know why. Not all irritability stems from sinful or selfish motives, although the irritable treatment of others surely is wrong. Much irritability comes from a love of perfection, a deep desire that programs, meetings, and structures be run perfectly. A desire to run things perfectly can erupt into anger at events or people who get in the way or ruin that desire. Those who are easily irritated need to remember that perfection exists only in God. We need to love him and our fellow Christians, not the visions we have for perfection here on earth. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Listening to the radio the other day, they were discussing the topic of love.
You see, love is not a feeling, but rather an action. If you want to be all the things that the scripture declares, you have to set your mind on the right things and get it in the right place. To change your approach, you have to change your mindset. Again, an action.
Sure, it’s easy for the writer to say that we have to become more like Christ, but as we know, it isn’t that simple. Why? Because we are born in sin, unlike Jesus, who was born perfect. However, we can aspire to be like Him.
Again I stress I am not perfect and fail often. You have to realise that the only real failure is when you give up entirely.
So I will never give up.
“Lord, I pray that You turn my thoughts into actions. That I will love unconditionally, just as You do. I thank You for the people who love me and see past my faults. In Jesus name. Amen”
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Plant your seed

“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭58‬ NLT)
“Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.” (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭11‬:‭-6‬ NLT)
Paul says that because of the resurrection, nothing we do is useless. Sometimes we become apathetic about serving the Lord because we don’t see any results. Knowing that Christ has won the ultimate victory should affect the way we live right now. Don’t let discouragement over an apparent lack of results keep you from doing the work of the Lord enthusiastically as you have an opportunity. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Please listen to what Paul says, nothing we do is useless. Those words ring true to me. Whatever you tackle, do it to the Glory of God, no matter how difficult it may be.
So a man thinks, so is he. Attitude is important. The way you approach situations and obstacles will determine the result. Just as the scripture says in Ecclesiastes, you never know from which activity you are going to profit, so do everything diligently and with a good heart.
Apart from the aspect of profit, there are you setting a good example. Who are you influencing, through your actions and work ethic?
Do everything with a good heart!
“Lord, I pray that You assist me to do everything to Your glory. I thank you for grace and favour. In Jesus name. Amen”
Inspiration

Its up too you

#itsuptoyou
 
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6‬:‭19 – 20 NLT)
What did Paul mean when he said that our body belongs to God? Many people say they have the right to do whatever they want with their bodies. Although they think that this is freedom, they are indeed enslaved to their desires. When we become Christians, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us. Therefore, we no longer own our bodies. That God bought us “with a high price” refers to slaves purchased at an auction. Christ’s death freed us from sin but also obligates us to his service. If you live in a building owned by someone else, you try not to violate the building’s rules. Because your body belongs to God, you must not violate his standards for living. (Tyndale Study Bible)
What comes to my mind? How many people do you know that have perfect bodies or close, yet their minds are not in the right place? I don’t think scripture excludes one or the other. It’s the whole body.
What makes a good physical body is daily exercise? So what is your regular mental exercise? I have a suggestion, the Bible. Just as we exercise our physical, we should our mental as well.
My experience has made me realise that the pleasures of the flesh are short lived. The joys of the mind are lasting.
When you wake up with a hangover, all you have done is numb your mind and that hazy feeling; you can’t think clearly. No desire to do anything. If you were fresh, the desire would be present.
Apart from our bodies being a temple, we only get one. Whether you believe or not, I can’t believe how we abuse our bodies. I am not excluded here.
A friend was visiting, and she was saying that her New Year resolution is to get healthy. A healthy mind will lead to a fit body. So a man thinks, so is he.
“Lord, I pray you to guide me to mental health so that I can be your temple. Holy Spirit fill me with God desires. God, I thank You for caring for me and revealing these truths. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”
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You can

#youcan
 
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭139‬:‭13-14NLT)
 
God’s character goes into the creation of every person. When you feel worthless or even begin to hate yourself, remember that God’s Spirit is ready and willing to work within you. We should have as much respect for ourselves as our Maker has for us. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Have you ever wondered about the human body and the way our brains work?
I was a competitive triathlete when I was younger, and I was always amazed by what the body can endure, such as the speed we can run at. What always amazes me is that you can train your body to achieve almost anything.
In the early 90’s, the fastest marathon time was around 2.07. Dennis Kimetto broke the world record last week and ran a 2.02:57. That is just unbelievable! Remember the days when it was amazing to run a sub 4 min mile (1.6 km)? Nowadays it seems childishly easy.
Why don’t we apply this training to our brains and our work? I have never put my mind through the same training that I did my body, but I realised that it’s never too late to start.
What if we explore that excellence in our daily tasks?
Just as the scripture says, we are “uniquely made.” So why not be that in everything we do? Stand out.
“Lord, I pray that I will stand out for you. Please guide me to be this unique person You made me. All this to glorify You. In Jesus mighty name. Amen.”
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