Thanksgiving is a Key Discipline for Christians!

Body of Christ, let’s remember that physically we are in the world but spiritually we are in the Kingdom of God.  Thanksgiving is a gigantic part of the Kingdom lifestyle.

Gratitude is a feeling but thanksgiving is an action. Thanksgiving is expressing to God the gratitude that is in our hearts. We express it to God through prayer, song, and bringing sacrificial gifts to Him. When we fail to express thanksgiving to God, we take God’s favor, grace, mercy, and blessings for granted.

Let’s remember to continually express the gratitude that is in our hearts to God for…

  • the body and blood of Jesus when we celebrate Communion
  • daily blessings (soteria, Greek word for salvation includes forgiveness of sin, healing, deliverance, guidance, provision, protection, and preservation)
  • the possibility of having the abundant life
  • grace, mercy, favor, and help
  • the Word of God
  • the local church
  • our spiritual gifts and the opportunity to serve Him and man
  • the privilege of prayer 24/7
  • the fact we will live eternally with God the Father and Jesus
  • the empowerment and leading of the Holy Spirit
  • the love and support of family and friends
  • all things and in all things

The season that the world calls “the Christmas holidays” begins the day after Thanksgiving. Let’s remember God commands us to overflow with thanksgiving to Him and that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas.  As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let’s give thanksgiving to God for salvation, the greatest gift the world could ever receive made available through God’s Son Jesus!

Express Your Thanks

In the past few years, I’ve noticed many children and some adults have a spirit of entitlement. This causes them to fail to express thanks. My Mom taught her children the significance of giving thanks. She said “be thankful for anything someone does for you—big or small—because people don’t have to do anything for you. “

Thanksgiving is giving thanks to God and to people for what they have done. We express our thanks to God and to people because God is the source of all our rewards and often works through people. God and people expect and are blessed when we do.

When we thank and praise God, He blesses us with His presence, power, and provision, resulting in joy and strength. People respond to our giving them thanks with thanksgiving, happiness, and gladness.

Someone I know always responds “I’m thankful” when you ask “how are you”. Her response blesses and motivates me to reflect on my reasons to be thankful. Now my response to the question how are you has also become “I’m thankful”.

As Jesus passed through Samaria and Galilee, he encountered ten lepers. They asked asked Him to have mercy on them. He instructed them to go show themselves to the priests. En route to the priests, they were cleansed of leprosy. I’m sure they all were grateful but only one of the ten returned and gave thanks to Jesus.

A church hymn’s refrain says:

Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

Unlike the nine lepers, let us count our blessings and express our thanks for them.

Every Day is a Day of Thanksgiving!

Annually, America celebrates Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday of November. We gather with family and loved ones to thank God for all His blessings–past, present, and future–and to enjoy a sumptuous turkey feast complete with all its trimmings.

The word “thanksgiving” means to acknowledge God’s goodness by expressing thanks to God—in prayer, in song, or in giving a sacrificial offering. As Christians, we know that God is the source of all our rewards. We know He commands us to give thanks in all things and for all things. Since we know these things, why not consider everyday as a day of Thanksgiving!

Let’s daily thank God for what He has done for us. Because God loved the world so much, He sent Jesus, His Son, to die on the cross in our place for our sins. In addition to forgiveness of sin, deliverance, healing, guidance, provision, protection, and preservation are in the salvation package.

Let’s daily thank God for what He is doing for us. God, our spiritual Father, supplies our needs and give us the desires of our heart.

Let’s daily thank God for what He will do for us. God is going to send Jesus back to personally escort us to heaven to live and reign with Him forever.

Giving thanks to God changes our perspective from earth to heaven, from our problems to the problem solver, and gives us an attitude of gratitude.

Let’s practice the presence of God by living in a perpetual state of thinking about the blessings of God and giving Him thanks for them!

CHRISTMAS IS THE CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTH OF JESUS!

The world has labeled this time of year as the “holiday season.” It is Veterans Day and already it has begun preparing for Christmas and New Years. Stores are decorated and full of items for gift giving and celebration. I even saw a roadside Christmas tree market the other day.

Body of Christ, let’s join them! Let’s not wait til December but let’s NOW begin our annual observance of Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus! Let’s…
  • walk in love in greater measure
  • shine the light of Christ in our hearts brighter than ever
  • tell those we encounter that God loves them, sent Jesus to save them from their sins, offer them the gift of salvation, and lead them in the Sinner’s Prayer
  • embellish our dwellings with Christ-honoring decorations
  • maintain our Christian witness during this season
After you lead a person to jesus…
  • tell them that if they said the Sinner’s Prayer sincerely from their heart and in faith, God has saved them that fast
  • rejoice with the angels in heaven that they have been born again, are now a Kingdom Citizen, and a member of God’s family! Hallelujah!
  • encourage them to go tell someone they just got saved.
  • advise them that this Christmas season will hold new meaning for them as a Christian
  • suggest to them to include the greatest gift of all–salvation through Jesus the Christ in their gift giving
  • remind them that Jesus is not a baby, is not in the manger, but in heaven praying for them
  • pray for God to direct them to the bible-believing, bible-teaching Church of His choice so they can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Body of Christ, TODAY, let’s begin our celebration of the greatest gift of all!

3 R’s in God’s Kingdom

Do you remember that when you were a child in elementary school, your teacher taught you the 3 Rs? They were reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic.

Well, did you know that God has 3 Rs He wants to teach you? They are realize, remember, and raise.

  • Realize that as God’s child, He will always be with you because He promised to never leave nor forsake you.
  • Remember that God has a good plan for your life that includes hope and a future.
  • Raise your faith level by hearing God’s Word, the Bible, on a daily basis by reading it out loud or listening to it audibly.

It is my prayer that God will give His people a revelation of His 3 Rs.

America, Let’s Honor God and One Another!

The current climate of division, dissension, and disrespect in America sends a message to the world that we are vulnerable because we are focused on internal strife.  Vile words and deeds also send a wrong message to our children.  As adults, we are responsible for leading and teaching them by precept and example.  They are watching, influenced by, and may emulate the behaviors exhibited by parents, teachers, politicians, celebrities, sports figures, the media, and other adults.

The Bible says “angry words stir up strife”.  It also says we are to “turn the other cheek” when someone does us harm.  Sadly, most people will not turn the other cheek.  If hate-filled words and actions continue to proliferate in our country, we could self destruct.  United we stand, divided we will destroy one another!

Let’s examine our history. God has faithfully brought America through many external and internal difficulties.  Since this country’s founding 243 years ago on the principles of religious freedom and tolerance, we have overcome wars, economic challenges, slavery, epidemics, terrorism, etc.  When we rallied together and showed the love of God for one another, we triumphed over the great depression, the Oklahoma City and New York City World Trade Center bombings, the September 11 terrorist attacks, Katrina, and other national tragedies.  We overcame adversity, destruction, pain, sickness, death, and deprivation and continued to survive and to thrive.  This is a testimony to the truth of scripture–righteousness exalts a nation.

America, let’s choose to honor God and one another and enjoy our freedom of religion and speech by walking in love not hate!  When we disagree, let’s choose to do so without being disagreeable!  

America, let’s show the world that we can’t be defeated because we are united as a country of love not hate!  Let’s do it!

Is God’s Church Dying???

Unfortunately, someone started a myth that the Church is dying? Do you believe that to be true? Someone heard it, maybe even believed it, and repeated it. Now that lie is being spread across America. Negative thoughts don’t come from God but they come from our adversary, the devil who Apostle John describes as the father of lies in John 8:44!

On my television show, What Did Jesus Say, I did an episode to debunk that myth and lie. Click on the link below to view the episode, What Did Jesus Say about the Future of His Church. https://lnkd.in/eK2jwUE

Let the Truth about the Celebration of Halloween Set You Free!

Celebrating Halloween is not innocent fun, is not of God but of the devil!

DID YOU KNOW?

The Druids hallowed out and carved a face on a large turnip representing the demonic spirit they depended upon for their power and knowledge.  Inside the turnip a lighted candle served as a lantern as they went from house to house. Pumpkins were substituted when this practice came to America in the 18th century and the name “Jock” which was the name of the spirit which inhabited the turnip was changed to “Jack” or “Jack-o-Lantern”.

DID YOU KNOW?

This practice entered the church when Constantine, a new zealous convert to Christianity became Emperor of Rome. He commanded that everyone had to become a Christian or face death. This resulted in the Church being flooded with pagans and their practices. The pagans demanded that the Festival of Samhains remain a part of their lives. To placate the people, the Pope declared a new celebration on November 1 called “All Saints Day” in honor of all martyred saints of the church and allowed the people to still have their festival on October 31 because November 1 was a holy day.

DID YOU KNOW?

In the British Isles, Scandinavia, and Western Europe a secret society of priests and pagans, the Druids, celebrated the eve of the Celtic new year in honor of their pagan god Samhain on 10/31. Traveling house to house, they demanded peculiar foods to offer to their “Lord Samhain” at the Festival of Death.  Refusal to give food incurred a spoken demonic curse over the home resulting in death within the year. Thus you have trick or treat!  This is still recognized today by all Satanists, occultists, and devil worshippers as the eve of the new year for witchcraft.

DID YOU KNOW?

The mass said on All Saints Day was “Allhallowmas” and through the years it’s name became Halloween. The Pope’s attempt to make “Allhallowmas” holy backfired and Halloween became recognized as a religious holiday.  Halloween is not a religious holiday as its origins are rooted in the occult, witchcraft, and Satanism.

DID YOU KNOW?

Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:11 reminds the Church at Ephesus “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”  Celebrating Halloween on 10/31 is celebrating the devil and all that is evil, dark, and dead–ghosts, witches, black cats, graveyard scenes, skeletons, monsters, bats, vandalism, and destruction of property.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Bible declares in 1 Corinthians 10:31 “whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”.  Is Halloween a celebration of God who represents light, goodness, and life or a celebration of Satan who represents darkness, evil and death? 

Jesus said in John 8:32 ” And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

NOW THAT YOU KNOW THE TRUTH, OPEN yOUR MIND AND DECIDE TO GLORIFY GOD BY NOT CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN!

A Spiritual Call to Action!

I was sickened, horrified, and stunned when I heard of the killing of another innocent victim, Atatiana Jefferson, as she played video games at home with her nephew.  My heart aches that a youngster witnessed a close loved one’s death.  I imagine that any human being with a heart that still beats felt similarly . Many people were emotive and expressed their outrage, anger, sadness, and pain about it in the media and on social media.  However, I noted that none of the commentary I read called for any action, solution, or protest. 

The landscape of every stratum of America society has changed drastically. Because of the rise of racism, mass shootings, domestic violence, children committing suicide, bullying in school, mental illness, substance abuse, and other social ills, and the overall state of America, I recently prayed and asked God to raise up a national leader like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  A few days later, I saw Bishop TD Jakes’ commentary and his declaration of a state of spiritual warfare in response to the killing of Atatiana Jefferson (See TD Jakes Ministries’ Facebook post on Oct, 14, 10:03 pm).  I was elated and rejoiced because I believed that God had answered my prayer.

I concur with Bishop Jakes’ spiritual warfare call to action, his list of specific things to pray for and his call for “a new level of spiritual measures.” It is high time for the Body of Christ to pray without ceasing as mandated by God in 1 Thessalonians 5:1.    When we examine the scriptures, we see the power of prayer illustrated throughout. Jesus said in Matthew 21:13 “My house shall be called the house of prayer.”  There are many ways to protest the status quo but the Lord wants prayer to be preeminent in His house.

Body of Christ, let’s refocus, recalibrate, and redirect our time to praying as Bishop Jakes has suggested.  Let’s be intentional in spending more time in prayer and spiritual warfare sessions than the other activities that may have been given greater precedence in God’s house.  We have the spiritual power to change things through prayer. Let’s pray increasingly, intentionally, and incessantly in God’s house and in our individual houses until Jesus returns!

Bishop Jakes also called for unity.  Jesus prayed five times in John 17 that His followers would be one.  We can accomplish more when we are on one accord.  Unity was a significant factor in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem in 52 days under Nehemiah’s leadership. King Solomon, the wisest man next to Jesus, said in Ecclesiastes 4, “Two are better than one…For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow.”   All Americans must work together for the common good of our nation.

Additionally, as God’s co-labourers in His plan of redemption for mankind, let’s spend added time carrying out the Great Commission that Jesus gave before His return to Heaven. Jesus is still the only answer for the world today.  Our consistent Christian witness will result in the world inquiring about the reason for our hope.

Lastly, as Christians, let’s walk in love to all as Jesus modeled.  My mantra for the last few years has been “America come back to God, America come back to love.  United we stand, divided we will destroy one”! #atatianajefferson #prayerwithoutceasing #lovelikeJesus

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