Thanks and Glory

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There are two things that will keep your thinking clear and your hearts filled with God’s divine light: giving God glory and giving God thanks.

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭21‬ NIV

When you make thanksgiving and worship a daily necessity you are fortifying your spiritual life and strengthening your mental one.

It is the difference between enduring and embracing your life.

What are you thankful for today?

Faith is A Verb

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Faith is not a feeling.

Faith is a believing – the type of believing leads to action.

A faith that is silent in word and deed is no faith at all.

Do something.

Do the thing that faith is prompting and fear is resisting.

“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?

James 2:14 NLT

What is God challenging you to do?

What fear is stopping you?

God is bigger than your fear and has a purpose for your faith.

He needs you to be who He has called you to be and do what He has asked you to do.

It isn’t about you, it is about who your obedience will impact.

It is time to put your faith into action.

Unto Us

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
Isaiah 9:6 NIV
The Second Person of the Trinity, eternal, all-powerful, left heaven to add humanity to His deity.
 He is fully God and fully man.
Immanuel.
God with us.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty,
Jesus.
May you have a moment today where the awe-inspiring truth of Christmas captures your soul and remember that He did it all for you.

What is Best

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Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below.
Matthew‬ ‭6:10 MSG‬‬
This is how Jesus said to pray.
You may know this verse as “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.  In the Message Version, it is translated as an open-handed request for God to do what He needs to do – “Do what is best”.
When I first started praying, I would try to get the words right so I could get the situation right.  Now when I pray, I let the Lord know what I would love to see but give it all to Him. I ask Him to do what is best from His perspective. I ask my Father in Heaven do His will, His way by His power in my life.
It is about acknowledging that you don’t know what is best or how to make anything happen.  It is about surrender and trust.  It is about being humble and honest.
Praying like this means giving God as much reign in your life as He has in heaven –  total.
Maybe it looks something like this:
“Heavenly Father, set the hurting world right. Set my personal world right. You have permission to do whatever You think is best even if I don’t agree with it. I give you full authority, full reign, and my full trust to do it.”
As above, so below.
How do you think God’s “best” differs from your “best”?
 
How does praying this way differ from how you normally pray?
 
What does it mean for you to give God full reign in your life…”as above, so below”?

Prelude to a Miracle

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It was a simple sentence uttered at a complicated time.

The world had already moved on, the end of the story already written.

But the story was not over for God.

“So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.” (‭John‬ ‭11‬:‭41‬ NIV)

Thanks giving was the prelude to this miracle.

“Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”

“The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (‭John‬ ‭11‬:‭43-44‬ NIV)

You may think that the story has already been written. You may have closed the book and rolled the stone over that part of your life.

Jesus still defies death. You may think the story is over but God doesn’t.

He will call life from where death prevails and unbind the grave clothes the cling.

What area does God wanting to breath life into you today?

Be free. Have faith. Grab onto new life and step out of the old grave clothes that belong to the past.

Walk in your new life in Christ.

And when you come to a place where fear rises up to tell you that the story is already over, begin to give thanks that in Christ your story has just begun.

When You Change…

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“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people.” (Luke 9:16 NIV)

When faced with an overwhelming lack of resources, Jesus did what he always did- he took what he had, looked up to heaven and gave thanks.

Instead of looking at what he needed,
He gave thanks for what he had.

Instead of looking around at the impossible situation,
He looked up to his Father who can do the impossible.

And he gave thanks.

I am always amazed that when Jesus was faced with the most difficult situations, he stopped and gave thanks to God.

Being thankful is one of those amazingly simple things that can change everything.

It can change your outlook and your attitude.

It can open your heart and makes room for the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace and more.

It is a game changer.
It is amazing how being thankful for something changes the way you see it.

And apparently, miracles like to follow thankful moments.

When we stop, give thanks for what we have and ask God to bless it, miracles happen.

May your day be filled with moments of thanksgiving, game changing miracles, and an entire new way to see your world.