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Mon, November 19, 2018

Obedience

Luke 17:12-13– As (Jesus) was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met Him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

Notice the next verse and what Jesus didn’t say. He did not offer warm words of encouragement or express empathy. Rather, He gave them a commandment: Go show yourselves to the priests. Sometimes when we come to God with our need He gives us an unexpected command that requires an act of obedience on our part in order for our need to be met. Their healing was a progressive one. It depended on their obedience. As they turned to go to the priests, somewhere along the way their leprosy was healed. Here’s the lesson. Listen carefully after you call out to God for help. He may challenge you to a new level of obedience—an action that, somewhere along the way, leads to solutions.

Tue, November 20, 2018

Gratitude

Luke 17: 15– One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.

Once this leper discovered his healing, he turned back to Jesus and “threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him” (vs. 16). While others ran off to get their certification of healing from the priests, this man paused in the process to give thanks to Jesus. In talking with a few godly people I know who have debilitating diseases, I’ve heard words of appreciation for the simplest pleasures. They have learned to give thanks, no matter the circumstances, no matter where they were on the road to healing. We must learn the value of living with a grateful heart, not a complaining one. God wants the attitude of gratitude to be our default position. Become a person of praise who puts their trust squarely in the Lord. Keep praise on your lips.

Wed, November 21, 2018

Friendships

Psalm 30:1– I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.

David fled for his life, escaping through a window at night with his wife’s help (I Samuel 19). In his distress and confusion, he fled to Samuel, and then to Jonathan (I Samuel 20). Though Jonathan was Saul’s son, the two men shared a deep friendship that helped protect and sustain David through dangerous days. Consider the people God has sent into your life to help you during tough times. They are some of God’s greatest gifts to you. Give thanks to the Lord for your friends and find ways to express your appreciation to them during this Thanksgiving season.

Thu, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving

Psalm 100:4 – Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

It is appropriate that our country has set aside a day for giving thanks; and while some have wandered away from the true object of our thanksgiving, our generous God, Christians throughout our great country should hold fast to our Godly moorings. As we celebrate the good life that God has given to us, and as we sit together around a big table of good food, let us express our appreciation to the Lord for all the blessings of life. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17). Express love and appreciation for each person around the table. Your words of affirmation and appreciation will strengthen relational bonds and pronounce God’s blessing upon your family.

Fri, November 23, 2018

Give Thanks

1Thessalonians 5:18 – “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

It’s hard to give thanks in all circumstances: the car wreck, the sick child, the financial loss? How can we give thanks? Notice the scripture says, “IN all circumstances”, not “for all circumstances.” We give praise in spite of difficulties. We realize that life comes prepackaged with troubles, but our hearts are connected to eternity through Christ. This life and its trials are temporary. We have a spiritual umbilical cord that provides encouragement and sustenance to us as we live on this side of eternity. As we live with eternity in view, we find strength to be overcomers in heart and we are able to turn every heartache into an opportunity for reliance upon the Giver of Life and to discover new provisions through Christ, our Lord. Give thanks today, no matter what your circumstances.

Sat, November 24, 2018

In The Name of Jesus

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

What a good way to measure our behavior! Do our actions glorify the Lord Jesus Christ? Will people thank God as a result of our actions? Do our words bring glory to the Lord, or does an ungrateful heart lead us to constant complaining? Does our behavior honor the Lord or does it make others question our faith? What we do comes out of who we are—behavior follows belief. If we say that we love God, let us live in a way that honors Him. Whatever we do, lets do it in the name of Christ.