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2 Timothy 2
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
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Hebrews 4
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
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Messianic Judaism Beliefs Differ from the Christian Church

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What does the Bible say as opposed to man about Dispensationalism?

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Hireling

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PEOPLE WHO DISOBEYED GOD IN THE BIBLE

Jesus Christ is God

Concerning the basics of Christianity

The Purpose of Jesus Christ’s mission on earth

How do you recognize if a person is a true Christian, or what is a Christian?

The ostrich form of Christianity that contradicts the Bible

Why you should believe in the Bible, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit too?

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Christian attitudes towards drugs, smoking and alcohol

No alcohol

And be not drunk with wine

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Church of Almighty God, Eastern Lightning

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Unacceptable Flaws In the Pearl of Great Price.

The true Church of Jesus Christ

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Are you JW for real?

Are you another Judiazer, a false Sabbath day worshipper?

So what about the Sabbath?

 

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Does God speak to you?

 
 
God will speak to us
 
-but we also do need to write it down because our memories tend to be very short.
-and we need to share it with others next as well for as we sow more will be given back to us..
If you know beforehand the Bible well you will also know the reality of his revelations which will not contradict the Bible..

God’s voice. Elijah described it as a still, small voice (I Kings 19:12).

I do always listen  for an inner audible voice, and I say too “Speak lord for they servant is ready to hear”..

– Doubt may eventually next hinder you at first, but throw it off, reminding yourself that it is a biblical concept, and that God is present, speaking to His children.

– Don’t take your own way,  yourself, or your own personal importance too seriously which is also a sin.. of pride, rebellion, stubbornness,

 https://mccainvrsobama.wordpress.com/2008/07/19/learing-to-listen-to-the-voice-of-the-lord/

https://mccainvrsobama.wordpress.com/2008/05/26/our-god-speaks-too/

 
When you do, you become tense and get in the  way of the Holy Spirit’s movement. It is also  when  we cease our labors and enter His rest that
God is free to flow (Heb. 4:10). Therefore  turn your attention  toward God in praise and worship, seeking His  face. As you wait before God, fixing your gaze solely on Jesus,   in a humble state of mind  and become all still before him, fixing your gaze on Jesus,  God  is present with you, you will become more real to you and you too will discover that you are indeed  dialoguing with God.
You Can Hear God’s Voice! ( and here is one of many approaches to do so)
   
Four keys to consistent, powerful, life-giving conversations with God
 
How to receive revelation knowledge
 
An example of revelation knowledge is when you are reading the Bible and a verse leaps off the page, hits  you between the eyes, and God says, “This is for you right now.” These are precious experiences for the believer. However, for many, they do not happen often enough. There are seven things I do which allow me  the privilege of receiving revelation knowledge every time I read the Bible. Truth and insights leap off the  page and an understanding of how they are to adjust my life permeates my spirit and soul. I love this  experience and hunger for it every time I read the Scriptures. That is why I prepare myself by doing the  following seven things. Prayerfully reflect on these steps and determine which ones you do and don’t use. 
 
 
Biblical Meditation  Resulting in illumination, revelation knowledge, anointed reasoning  
Do Not Do This:
LEFTBRAIN
STUDY/RATIONAL HUMANISM
1. Have unconfessed sin
2. Have a pre-conceived attitude
3. Be independent: “I can…”
4. Read quickly
5. Rely on reason & analysis only 
6. Read without specific purpose
7. Take credit for insights
 
But Do This:
WHOLEBRAIN/HEART
MEDITATION/DIVINE REVELATION
1. Be washed by Jesus’ blood
2. Have a teachable attitude
3. Pray: “Lord, show me”
4. Slow down, ponder, muse
5. Combine anointed reason,  flowing pictures, music &  speech
6. Read with focused purpose
7. Glorify God for insights
   
The Seven Steps of  Biblical Meditation Explained: 

 

1. LORD, CLEANSE ME BY YOUR BLOOD: Since receiving divine revelation is at the heart of biblical meditation, you must prepare yourself to receive from the Holy Spirit by repenting and being cleansed by the blood of the Lamb. You must be obedient to previous revelations from God (Matt. 7:6), and confess any sin in your life, so you are not cut off from ongoing revelation (Is. 59:1,2; I Jn. 1:9).

2. LORD, GRANT ME A TEACHABLE ATTITUDE: Revelation is given to those who maintain an  attitude of humility, and it is withheld from the proud and the arrogant. So keep an  open, humble attitude before God, allowing Him the freedom to shed greater light on  any ideas you currently hold and to alter them as He sees fit (Jas. 4:6; II Pet. 1:19).

3. LORD, I WILL NOT USE MY FACULTIES MYSELF: You can do nothing of your own initiative but only what you hear and see by the Spirit (Jn. 5:19,20,30). You do not have a mind to use, but a mind to present to God so He can use it and fill it with anointed reason and divine vision (Prov. 3:5-7; Rom.  12:1,2). If you use your mind yourself, it is a dead work (Heb. 6:1,2).

4. LORD, I PRAY THAT THE EYES OF MY HEART MIGHT BE  ENLIGHTENED: Slow down as you read, mulling the text over and over in your heart and mind, praying constantly for God to give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Eph.  1:17,18; Ps. 119:18).

5. LORD, I PRESENT THE ABILITIES TO REASON AND TO IMAGINE TO YOU TO FILL AND FLOW THROUGH BY YOUR SPIRIT: Meditation involves presenting your faculties to God for Him to fill and use. These include your left-brain reasoning capacities as well as your right-brain  visual capacities. Look for the river of God (i.e.  “Spirit flow”) to guide and fill both hemispheres, granting you anointed reasoning and dream and vision (Jn. 7:37-39). Music can assist you, as can muttering, speaking, and writing as you go through the discovery process (II Kings 3:15).

6. LORD, SHOW ME THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM I AM FACING: Focused attention brings additional energies of  concentration of heart and mind, which help  release revelation. For example, note the difference between a ray of sunlight hitting a piece of  paper, and sunlight going through a magnifying  glass to hit a piece of paper. The focused energycreates a ray so concentrated that the paper bursts into flames. When you have a hunger to master a new understanding and discipline, that hungry and searching heart will cause you to see things you  would not normally see (Matt. 5:6).

7. THANK YOU, LORD, FOR WHAT YOU HAVE SHOWN ME: Realizing that the revelation came from the indwelling Holy Spirit, give all the glory to God for what has been revealed (Eph. 3:21). 

Another Great Aid to “Seeing”: Writing Out Scripture

When you write or type out a verse, you discover words which you  otherwise might have missed. Therefore, I write out verses which I  know are key truths for my life. I pray over them, diagram them,  analyze them, meditate on them. That is why I have written many of  my books. I write so I can learn, so I can put truths I am understanding in my own words and in a framework which is meaningful for me.

The following is the law which God gave for new kings who had just  been crowned and were coming to sit upon their throne for the first  time: “Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his  kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a  scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests” (Deut. 17:18). Since we are kings and priests, are we to do any less (I Pet 2:9)? Let  us make the writing out of Scriptures an important part of our lives.

When we hear of one actually claiming to be able to hear the voice of God. However, we do  not scoff, for several reasons. First, men and  women throughout the Bible heard God’s  voice. Also, there are some highly effective  and reputable men and women of God alive  today who demonstrate that they hear God’s
voice. Finally, there is a deep hunger within us  all to commune with God, and hear Him speak  within our hearts.

As a born-again, Bible-believing Christian, I  struggled unsuccessfully for years to hear God’s  voice. I prayed, fasted, studied my Bible and  listened for a voice  within, all to no avail. There  was no inner voice that I could hear!   God set me aside for a year to study, read, and  experiment in the area of learning to hear His voice. During that time, the Lord taught me  four keys that opened the door to two-way  prayer. I have discovered that not only do they  work for me, but they have worked for many  thousands of believers who have been taught  to use them, bringing tremendous intimacy to  their Christian experience and transforming their very way of living. This will happen to you  also as you seek God, utilizing the following  four keys. The key are all found in Habakkuk 2: 1,2. I encourage you to read this passage before  going on.

Key #1 – God’s voice in our hearts may sound  like a flow of spontaneous thoughts. ( confused also by the devil’s obstructions sometimes) Therefore, when I tune to God solely (  In prayer I first do ask the devil to stop talking to me, and I ask God alone to speak to me, God next he answers this prayer, I tune to spontaneity. The Bible says that the Lord answered me and  said…(Hab. 2:2). Habakkuk knew the sound of can and does speak that way at times. How  ever, I have found that for most of us, most of  the time, God’s inner voice comes to us first  as an interrupted spontaneous thoughts, visions, feelings, or impressions, (since we tend top have no room for god and often are busy pursing our own selfish, self centered ways and thoughts) . For example, haven’t each of us had the experience of driving down the road  and having a thought come to us to pray for  a certain person? We generally acknowledge  this to be the voice of God calling us to pray for  that individual. My question to you is, “What  did God’s voice sound like as you drove in your  car? Was it an inner, audible voice, or was it a  spontaneous thought that lit upon your mind?”  Most of you would say that God’s voice came  to you as a spontaneous thought.

So I thought to myself, “Maybe when I listen  for God’s voice, I should be listening for a flow  of spontaneous thoughts. Maybe spirit-level  communication is received as spontaneous  thoughts, impressions, feelings, and visions.”  Through experimentation and feedback from  thousands of others, I am now convinced that  this is so.

The Bible confirms this in many ways. The definition of paga, the Hebrew word for intercession, is “a chance encounter or an accidental  intersecting.” When God lays people on our  hearts for intercession, He does it through  paga, a chance-encounter thought, accidentally  intersecting our thought processes. Therefore, when I tune to God, I tune to chance-encounter thoughts or spontaneous thoughts. When I am poised quietly before God in prayer, I have found that the flow of spontaneous thoughts  that comes is quite definitely from God.

Key #2 – I must learn to still my own thoughts and emotions, so that I can sense God’s flow of thoughts and emotions within me.
Habakkuk said, “I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart…” (Hab. 2:1). Habakkuk knew that in order to hear God’s quiet, inner, spontaneous thoughts, he had to first go to a quiet place and still his own thoughts and emotions. Psalm 46:10 encourages us to be still, and know that He is God. There is a deep inner knowing (spontaneous flow) in our spirits that each of us can experience when we quiet our flesh and our minds.

I have found several simple ways to quiet myself  so that I can more readily pick up God’s spontaneous flow. Loving God through a quiet worship song is a most effective means for me (For God inhabits the praises of his people, his nearness is made more real,  note  II Kings 3:15). It is as I become still (thoughts,  will, and emotions) and am poised before God  that the divine flow is realized. Therefore, after  I worship quietly and then become still, I open  myself for that spontaneous flow. If thoughts  come to me of things I have forgotten to do,  I write them down and then dismiss them. If  thoughts of guilt or unworthiness come to my  mind, I repent thoroughly, receive the washing  of the blood of the Lamb, and put on His robe  of righteousness, seeing myself spotless before  the presence of God (Is. 61:10; Col. 1:22).

As I fix my gaze upon Jesus (Heb. 12:2), be coming quiet in His presence, and sharing with  Him what is on my heart, I find that two-way  dialogue begins to flow. Spontaneous thoughts  flow from the throne of God to me, and I find that I am actually conversing with the King of  Kings. It is very important that you become still and properly focused if you are going to receive  the pure word of God. If you are not still, you  will simply be receiving your own thoughts. If  you are not properly focused on Jesus, you will  receive an impure flow, because the intuitive  flow comes out of that upon which you have  fixed your eyes. Therefore, if you fix your eyes  upon Jesus, the intuitive flow comes from Jesus. If you fix your gaze upon some desire of  your heart, the intuitive flow comes out of that desire of your heart. To have a pure flow you  must first of all become still, and secondly, you  must carefully fix your eyes upon Jesus. Again I  will say, quietly worshiping the King, and then  receiving out of the stillness that follows quite easily accomplish this.

 
Key #3 – As I pray, I fix the eyes of my heart upon Jesus, seeing in the spirit the dreams and visions of Almighty God.
We have already alluded to this principle in  the previous paragraphs; however, we need to  develop it a bit further. Habakkuk said, “I will  keep watch to see,” and God said, “Record the  vision” (Hab. 2:1,2). It is very interesting that  Habakkuk was going to actually start looking  for vision as he prayed. He was going to open the eyes of his heart, and look into the spirit  world to see what God wanted to show him.  This is an intriguing idea.

I had never thought of opening the eyes of  my heart and looking for vision. However, the  more I thought of it, the more I realized this  was exactly what God intends for me to do. He  gave me eyes in my heart. They are to be used  to see in the spirit world the vision and movement of Almighty God. I believe there is an  active spirit world functioning all around me. is world is full of angels, demons, the Holy Spirit, the omnipresent God, and His omnipresent Son, Jesus. There is no reason for me not to see it, other than my rational culture, which tells me not to believe it is even there and provides no instruction on how to become open to seeing this spirit world.

The  most obvious prerequisite to seeing is that  we need to look. Daniel was seeing a vision in  his mind and he said, “I was looking…I kept  looking… I kept  looking” (Dan. 7:2,9,13). Now  as I pray, I look for Jesus present with me, and  I watch Him as He speaks to me, doing and  saying the things that are on His heart. Many  Christians will find that if they will only look,  they will see. Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us  (Matt. 1:23). It is as simple as that. You will see  a spontaneous inner vision in a manner similar  to receiving spontaneous inner thoughts. You  can see Christ present with you in a comfortable setting, because Christ is present with  you in a comfortable setting. Actually, you  will probably discover that inner vision comes  so easily you will have a tendency to reject it,  thinking that it is just you. (Invalid Doubt is Satan’s  most effective weapon against the Church.)  However, if you will persist in recording these  visions, your doubt will soon be overcome by   faith as you recognize that the content of them  could only be birthed in Almighty God.

God continually revealed Himself to His covenant people using dream and vision. He did so  from Genesis to Revelation and said that, since  the Holy Spirit was poured out in Acts 2, we  should expect to receive a continuing flow of  dreams and visions (Acts 2:1-4,17). Jesus, our  perfect Example, demonstrated this ability of  living out of ongoing contact with Almighty  God. He said that He did nothing on His own initiative, but only that which He saw the Father doing, and heard the Father saying (Jn.  5:19,20,30). What an incredible way to live!

Is it actually possible for us to live out of the  divine initiative as Jesus did? A major purpose  of Jesus’ death and resurrection was that the  veil be torn from top to bottom, giving us access into the immediate presence of God, and  we are commanded to draw near (Lk. 23:45;  Heb. 10: 19-22). Therefore, even though what I  am describing seems a bit unusual to a rational  twentieth-century culture, it is demonstrated  and described as being a central biblical teaching and experience. It is time to restore to the  Church all that belongs to the Church.

Because of their intensely rational nature and existence in an overly-rational culture, some will need more assistance and understanding of these truths before they can move into them. They will find this help in the book Communion With God by the same authors.

Key #4 – Journaling, the writing out of our prayers and God’s answers, provides a greater new freedom in hearing God’s voice.
God told Habakkuk to record the vision and  inscribe it on tablets…(Hab. 2:2). It had never  crossed my mind to write out my prayers and  God’s answers as Habakkuk did at God’s command. If you begin to search Scripture for this  idea, you will find hundreds of chapters demonstrating it (Psalms, many of the prophets, Revelation). Why then hadn’t I ever thought  of it? (Or why have I refused to do it is the question too)

I called the process “journaling,” and I began  experimenting with it. I discovered it to be a  fabulous facilitator to clearly discerning God’s”

Many academic scholars study the Bible and they still fail at it drastically.
A Study (My use of one part of one hemisphere of my brain) 
1. Is nowhere endorsed in Scripture (II Tim. 2:15 is a mis-translation in the KJV Bible).
2. Is self in action (Humanism – a false god).
3. Is self using reason (Rationalism – a false god).
4. Results in wisdom from below – earthly, natural, demonic (Jas. 3:15). For example, reason caused Peter to be
at odds with the purposes of God (Jn. 18:10,11).
Study violates the following biblical principles:
1. Gal. 2:20 – I resurrect self, which no longer lives.
2. Rom. 12:1 – I am using my faculties rather than presenting them to God to use.

3. Is. 1:18 – I’m reasoning, rather than reasoning together with God.

4. Gen. 3:5 – I’ve fallen prey to the temptation of the Garden of Eden that “I can know good and evil.”

  

Meditation (Hebrew/Lamad) To murmur; to converse with oneself, and hence aloud; speak; talk; babbling;  communication; mutter; roar; mourn; a murmuring sound; i.e., a musical notation;  to study; to ponder; revolve in the mind; imagine; pray; prayer; reflection; devotion”  (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance*)

Meditation (God’s use of every part of both hemispheres of my brain as He fills and flows out through my heart by His Spirit)

1. Is endorsed 18 times in the KJV Bible.

2. Is God in action within the individual.

3. Is God granting revelation through the heart and mind which has been yielded to Him.

4. Results in wisdom from above – pure, peaceable, gentle (Jas. 3:17).

Meditation applies the following biblical principles:

1. Gal. 2:20 – I let Christ live through me.

2. Rom. 12:1 – I am yielding my outer faculties to the indwelling Spirit (to “flow” – Jn. 7:38).

3. Is. 11:2 When reasoning together with God, I receive a spirit of wisdom and understanding and knowledge.

4. Jn. 5:19,20,30 – I’m living as Jesus did, out of divine initiative, doing what I see and hear my Father doing. “

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So did you start your journey with God in full, or are you still lost, in the wilderness? still in un-confessed, un-repented  sins, self centered, selfishly doing your own thing. Trying wrongfully to do it in your own strength. The unacceptable rebellious sin of pride is generally being self centered, selfish oriented. It also tends to be the Rebels who leave out the apostles, and prophets from the church these days as well..

Some people seem amazed that God can, and will now speak to his children, given the proper conditions being met, but me I am often amazed how is it that so many people cannot hear God, as to what un-confessed, un-repented of sins are obstructing their relationship with him now..

 

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Singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

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“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom teaching and exhorting yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3.16
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“The heavens declare the glory of God,
And the firmament shows His handiwork,
Day unto day utters speech,
Night unto night reveals knowledge.” Psalm 19.1, 2

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And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals. 2 Samuel 6:5 (ESV)

But now bring me a musician.” And when the musician played, the hand of the Lord came upon him. 2 Kings 3:15 (ESV)

when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:7 (ESV)

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. Psalm 5:11 (ESV)

I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:2 (ESV)

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.Psalm 33:3 (ESV)

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.Psalm 51:14 (ESV)

But I will sing of your strength;I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. Psalm 59:16 (ESV)

My lips will shout for joy,when I sing praises to you;my soul also, which you have redeemed.Psalm 71:12 (ESV)

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!Psalm 95:1 (ESV)

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!Psalm 105:1-2 (ESV)

And when they [Jesus and the disciples] had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.Matthew 26:30 (ESV)

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,Acts 16:25 (ESV)

and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.”Romans 15:9 (ESV)

What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.1 Corinthians 14:15 (ESV)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.Colossians 3:16 (ESV)

addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,Ephesians 5:19 (ESV)

saying,“I will tell of your name to my brothers;in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”Hebrews 2:12 (ESV)

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.James 5:13 (ESV)

 27 Verses About Thankfulness

Seeing as how Thanksgiving is on the 27th this year and just a few days away, I thought I’d compile a list of 27 Bible verses about thankfulness. Obviously, there are a lot more out there! But these are some of my favorites, in no particular order, and why I picked each one.

 

Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High… ~Psalm 50:14 (ESV)

 

 

reminds me that God desires the thankfulness of my heart as a sacrifice that pleases him.

 

 

“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” ~Psalm 50:23 (ESV)

 

 

thankfulness not only honors God, it prepares my heart to see His ways

 

 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. ~Colossians 3:15 (ESV)

 

 

thankfulness keeps me humble and makes the way for peace with my family in Christ

 

 

…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

 

 

being thankful is being obedient to God’s will for me

 

 

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe… ~Hebrews 12:28 (ESV)

 

 

thankfulness naturally overflows into worship, and is a natural result of remembering my salvation

 

 

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever! ~Psalm 30:11-12 (ESV)

 

 

thankfulness can be found in remembering what the LORD has done for my soul, and God deserves thanks for this forever.

 

 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever! ~Psalm 107:1 (ESV)

 

 

I always have a reason to thank the Lord: for His own character. Even when life circumstances are bad, my God is good. That is reason enough to be thankful.

 

 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name! ~Psalm 100:4 (ESV)

 

 

thankfulness is a good preparation for worship, and for meeting with the church family I have

 

 

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. ~Ephesians 5:4 (ESV)

 

 

My speech is not be characterized by crudeness, but instead, thankfulness to God. Interesting that those are portrayed as opposites.

 

 

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night… ~Psalm 92:1-2 (ESV)

 

 

thankfulness should be, according to these verses, what opens and closes my day, not just on Thanksgiving day!

 

 

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise; ~Psalm 138:1 (ESV)

 

 

According to my study bible, “gods” is most likely used to ridicule pagan kings and leaders at the time the psalmist wrote this. Today, I equate that to powerful people on earth, whether politician or cultural leaders, who do not know God. This reminds me to be thankful and praise the LORD despite what the rest of the surrounding culture is doing.

 

 

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” ~Luke 17:15-19 (ESV)

 

 

giving glory to God, worship, and thankfulness to Jesus are all closely linked here, reminding me that this is the same in my life.

 

 

the other nine men who were healed did not give God thanks, but went along with their lives, while the outsider (Samaritan) paused and appropriately thanked God. Thankfulness is not an automatic inclination of my heart but must be a conscious decision/habit.

 

 

Jesus gave the true healing–healing of the soul–to the man who was thankful.

 

 

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. ~Colossians 1:11 (ESV)

 

 

Thankfulness doesn’t overflow from my heart naturally, but from God enabling me, strengthening me with his glorious power and joy.

 

 

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for each other is increasing. ~2 Thessalonians 1:2 (ESV)

 

 

I am to be consciously thankful for seeing others grow in their faith and love

 

 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)

 

 

Reminds me to humbly submit my requests to God but also to be thankful in my circumstances, whatever they are, and thankful for the peace only God can give.

 

 

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~Colossians 3:17 (ESV)

 

 

thankfulness should be a part of everything I do and should always represent the Lord

 

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. ~James 1:17 (ESV)

 

 

everything good in this world is a gift from God, and recognizing who gave it will automatically overflow into thanksgiving to Him

 

 

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! ~Psalm 118:28-29 (ESV)

 

 

another verse on thanking God for who He is, not who I am or what physical possessions I have.

 

 

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Psalm 105:1

 

 

I never really saw this verse before. Thanksgiving→ call upon the Lord→ share the good news with the whole world. Sounds like the Great Commission to me!

 

 

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people… ~1 Timothy 2:1 (ESV)

 

 

Indicates every person who crosses our path is to be lifted up in prayer with thankfulness to the Lord for them

 

 

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. ~Colossians 2:6-7 (ESV)

 

 

Maturity in Christ is characterized by abounding in thanksgiving

 

 

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. ~Psalm 7:17 (ESV)

 

 

Another verse on being thankful for who God is, namely his righteousness.

 

 

…giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ… ~Ephesians 5:20 (ESV)

 

 

We are to always give thanks to God the Father in everything

 

 

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! ~2 Corinthians 9:15 (ESV)

 

 

as much as I study the Gospel, I will never be able to fully express it or fully express my thanks to God for what He has done and is doing and will do!

 

 

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. ~Colossians 4:2 (ESV)

 

 

Thankfulness is not always purely emotional, this verse indicates a steady, wary watchfulness over my heart when I make thankfulness and prayer a habit.

 

 

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. ~Romans 1:21 (ESV)

 

 

Lack of thankfulness darkens my heart and interestingly is one of the main kickboards into Paul’s list of sins that man commits against God in Romans 1.

 

 

“And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we give you.” ~1 Chronicles 29:13 (ESV)

 

 

I love this passage as David dedicates the building materials for the Temple. For it reminds me of my own life– everything I own that I think I offer to God belongs to Him and was a gift from Him already.

 

 

 

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President-elect Trump

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President-elect Trump,

“ I said that I believed that you would be the next President of the United States. And if that happened, it would be because God had placed you there.

As the prophet Daniel said, it is God who removes and establishes leaders.

When I think of you, President-elect Trump, I am reminded of another great leader God chose thousands of years ago in Israel. The nation had been in bondage for decades, the infrastructure of the country was in shambles, and God raised up a powerful leader to restore the nation. And the man God chose was neither a politician nor a priest. Instead, God chose a builder whose name was Nehemiah.

And the first step of rebuilding the nation was the building of a great wall. God instructed Nehemiah to build a wall around Jerusalem to protect its citizens from enemy attack. You see, God is NOT against building walls!

And the Old Testament book of Nehemiah records how Nehemiah completed that massive project in record time — just 52 days.

Why was Nehemiah so successful in building the wall and rebuilding the nation?

  1. Nehemiah Refused To Allow His Critics To Distract Him

Someone has said there are three guaranteed ways to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

Any true leader is going to face criticism.

President-elect Trump, you have had your share of critics from the day you announced you were running for President, but you’ve confounded them at every turn. First, they said you couldn’t win the nomination, but you ended up garnering the most votes of any Republican in history. Then they said that was a fluke, but you couldn’t win the election. And you handily defeated your opponent. And now your critics say you can’t possibly succeed in your agenda.

Nehemiah had his own share of critics. Two of his chief antagonists were named Sanballat and Tobiah. They were the mainstream media of their day. They continued to hound and heckle Nehemiah and spread false rumors while he and the Israelites were building the wall.

At one point, they said, “Nehemiah, you need to stop the project and come down from the wall and have a meeting with us.”

Nehemiah’s response was classic: “I’m doing a great work . . . why should I stop the work and come down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3)

President-elect Trump, you, Vice President-elect Pence, and your team have been called by God and elected by the people to do a great work. It is a work far too important to stop and answer your critics.

  1. Nehemiah Refused To Allow Setbacks To Stop Him

As you read through Nehemiah’s journal, you’ll find that he faced tremendous obstacles as he attempted to rebuild the nation: an economic recession, terrorist attacks from enemies, and discouragement among the citizens.

But none of those setbacks was enough to stop Nehemiah.

III. Nehemiah Sought God’s Help To Empower Him

Nehemiah was a gifted leader, but he knew he could not succeed without God’s divine help. And that is why as he began the great work, Nehemiah knelt before God and prayed:

“O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant who delights in revering your name. Give your servant success today . . .” (Nehemiah 1:11)

The good news is that the same God who empowered Nehemiah nearly 2500 years ago is available to every one of us today who is willing to humble himself and ask for His help.

God says in Psalm 50:15 “Call upon Me in the day of trouble I shall rescue you and you will honor Me.”

Psalm 33:12 gives us the starting point for making that happen: “Blessed — great — is the nation whose God is the Lord.””

Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church,

 

 

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What you sow you also reap.

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I AM CONTINUALY AMAZED THAT PEOPLE STILL DO THINK THEY CAN CHEAT , LIE , STEAL AND GOD NEXT WILL EVEN BLESS THEM AND  THEIR MARRIAGES TOO..
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A woman is bound to her husband AS LONG AS HE LIVES, but IF HER HUSBAND DIES, SHE IS FREE TO MARRY ANYONE SHE WISHES, but he must belong to the LORD— 1 Corinthians 7:39.
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To the married I give this command (not I but the LORD): A wife MUST NOT SEPARATE from her husband, BUT IF SHE DOES, SHE MUST REMAIN UNMARRIED OR ELSE BE RECONCILED TO HER HUSBAND. And a husband MUST NOT DIVORCE his wife— 1 Corinthians 7:10-11.

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Jesus said:  But I tell you that anyone who DIVORCES his wife, EXCEPT for marital unfaithfulness, CAUSES HER TO COMMIT ADULTERY, and anyone who marries A WOMAN SO DIVORCED commits adultery—Matthew 5:32.

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Anyone who DIVORCES his wife and MARRIES ANOTHER WOMAN commits adultery, and the man WHO MARRIES A DIVORCED WOMAN commits adultery— Luke 16:18.

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BUT A MAN WHO COMMITS ADULTERY LACKS JUDGMENT; WHOEVER DOES SO DESTROYS HIMSELF— Proverbs 6:32.

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This is what the LORD GOD said to Abimelech in a dream one night:

” You are AS GOOD AS DEAD because of the woman you have taken; she is a MARRIED woman.”— Genesis 20:3

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” … THEREFORE WHAT GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER, LET MAN NOT SEPARATE. “— Mark 10:

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1 Corinthians 6: -9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
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Proverbs 6-32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
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Proverbs 23-27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.
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Hebrews 13-4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
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Galatians 6-7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
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Revelation 21-8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
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Falsely even now trying to blame the  spouse for all or most of the marital problems is ludicrous still too. There are still even negative emotional traumas, experiences associated with almost all divorces since you still tend to in real life to reap what you have sown, the personal lies and your acts of thefts included now.
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I admit I am dumbfounded that most  persons, spouses,  wives  included,  falsely believe they personally will not reap the bad things they have sowed in their marriage. What fools they really still are!  If you cheat, lie, steal , slander, abuse ,    adultery, there is a price next to pay for it still too. No matter who you think you are.
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