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11/20/2016 ~ Thankfulness


  thankfulness1pm.mp3 (44m 34s)


Darkness has a colorless extent.
How many of us dismiss happiness to be had for the drudgery of
mundane miseries? Life is a choice to wallow with no one near or rejoice
for those close, no matter circumstance or affiliations. It bottom lines on to
feel love or contempt, and this choice defines the quality of living life.


It is good to give thanks to the LORD, ... ~ Psalms 92:1

We are not helpless animals without hope.
His presence allows rest from carrying the burdens alone.


I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure. ~ Psalms 119:162

Mental delicacies abound in the revealing of countless pearls
contained in the light of His unending divine truths. These have been
given to us that we may know how better able to survive what we all have
in common, loss. Loss is a test in exposing true character. Again, it is
a choice to climb or fall, and many choose the latter slide over
the rigorous demands where integrity stands.


Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
~ Ephesians 5:17-19


God Calls Out to Us
→ do not be unwise
→ understand the will of the Lord
→ do not be drunk
→ be filled with the Spirit
→ speaking in your heart to the Lord

There is no greater glory than the Lord.
If one believes, the heart is called out to confess that spirit of dedication
and loyalty, all to the Almighty. And who would deny God other than
those on the road of condemnation? In the courtroom of life,
three things are sure, taxes, death, and meeting our Maker.


... giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another ... ~ Ephesians 5:20-21


It is truth that more is better and being thankful together has the
advantages of unity. In such a state of disunion, how much better is
joy over the dread? To be found finds one lifting back to God,
the source of all enlightenment.


At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You,
Because of Your righteous judgments. ~ Psalms 119:62


When one wakes up at night with that churning washing machine growl,
is He part of your return to sleep? Relying on His strength should be
thankfully welcomed as a driving protective force, which it is.
Thanks is the light of the heart that pierces all darkness.


... with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ... ~ Philippians 4:6-7


For one to take full advantage of what belief in Him provides,
trust is the essential component. It is one fully trusts that those healing
strengthening benefits come into play. If God is for us, what can man do?
This is the comfort zone of eternal rewards.


"... do not worry about your life, ... Is not life more than food
and the body more than clothing?" ~ Matthew 6:25


Hard to apply is the command not to worry, and if one doubts, this has
a more active hindrance to one’s genuine faith. Do you thank God amiss
for the things you covet for, or more to the point, thank Him for just
being there with a supportive will of principles and justice?
The nature of who we are alive is unveiling before Him.


Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may
exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, ... ~ 1st Peter 5:6-7


Many of us have loss resulting in pain which can turn to anger
masked by arrogance. Without a humble heart, honesty can be blurred in
misconceptions of one’s own making. Only an open releasing submissive
heart can allow God and others to sincerely care for the soul that one is.
In such an isolated world of self-seeking narcissistic embryos, dropping
hostile perceived protective facades is difficult for the disturbed.
Attack is routine where love has no breeding ground.


But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
... and be thankful. ~ Colossians 3:14-15


Glory is thankful love in His name.

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him. ~ Colossians 3:17


To develop the true nature God intended for His autonomous life,
His principles need to be acquired. One is thankfulness in the fact
of just living. This can be difficult as man assaults man in the
corruption of all that is evil. Murderous outrage befalls all nations.


Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; ...
~ Colossians 4:2


Our relationship with God Himself is what holds our anchor
to eternity, ultimately free of the temporary wickedness
that man perpetrates upon himself.


... let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is,
the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. ~ Hebrews13:15-16


As we are called to an eternal connection, one should never forget or
ignore that calling. In this case “Pray unceasingly” has all to do with
acknowledging His ever-persistent presence. One does not throw
a parent away, at least an honorable unselfish child would not.
It is by Him that we are anything that we are; let it be thankful.


For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; ... ~ 1st Chronicles 16:25-26

Since the Lord has created everything He is due the respect
and honor that is afforded Him. His plan encompasses more than
is comprehendible, but we are assured it is within reasons to gain
loyalty over rebellion. Our birth into Him is no mistake as it is
an eternal living condition mutually sought after.


Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for
this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:16-18


With all that is before us and more, any thankfulness
is short of what and where it needs to be.


But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 1st Corinthians 15:57


God has given us such an opportunity to regain eternal standing with Him.
Jesus comforts us confirming the promises set in ages past.


Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 2:14


God senses the very essence of our being and wills that we know Him.
God came to the earth living in Christ to reach our hearts.


For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being
saved and among those who are perishing. ~ 2nd Corinthians 2:15-16


For the noble inclined in His will rejoicing will be the refreshment. Those
enmeshed in their own will, ignoring the call, fade upon a shadows wisp.
Living or dying, our character will rise to meet God our Lord Jesus Christ.


Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! ~ 2nd Corinthians 9:15

God’s own sacrifice is what has released us into that which is more
than unique; but a reflection of the qualities and attributes of God
Himself in life given freely to be that it is. Our choice to thankfully
recognize this or not defines who we are and how we believe.
Faith is a quest for that which in better in all of us.


God calls for Thankfulness
It is good to give thanks to the LORD and in praise
Understand what the will of the Lord is
Gives thanks always for all things in Christ
Give thanks for His righteous judgments
In calm prayer give thanks which guards the heart
Do not worry about your life
Humble yourself casting all your cares upon Him
Whatever you do give thanks to God through Christ
Be vigilant in prayer with thanksgiving
Give thanks to the name of God
The LORD is great and greatly to be praised
In everything give thanks for this is the will of God
Our thanks is victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

Thankfulness is the greatest call to the Lord.
Darkness has nothing to steal.


 

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