“Jesus is EVERYTHING to me!”

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He’s my joy; my peace; my happiness; my comfort, my provider, my love – – “Jesus is my EVERTHING!”

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“What Ever Happened to Thank You?”

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The city I live has been declared as one of the cities with some of the rudest drivers.  I’d have to admit that this is very true.  Riding home the highway the other day I let a driver pass in front of me.  The driver proceeded and then drove on as if no one had done anything for them.  No hand gesture of thanks, a nod or anything.

This isn’t the first time this has occurred (and this isn’t the only act of rudeness shown, hence how we got the title of a rude city for drivers).  It seems that common courtesy is a lost art among many today.  A simple thank you goes a long way (not that’s our purpose for doing things for people).  It shows that one appreciate even the simplest act of kindness one is shown.  I believe if it is expressed more often our world would be a better place to live.

Why is so hard to show one’s thankfulness over anything in life?  I have always believed that no one HAS to do anything for you and if they do, then one should express it with a heart of gratitude.

With this in mind my heart focused on Jesus and the time when He healed the ten lepers:

“Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.  Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.  And they lifted up their voices and said, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’  So when He saw them, He said to them, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’  And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and feel down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks.  And he was a Samaritan.  So Jesus answered and said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed?  But where are the nine?  Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?’” (Luke 17:11-18, NKJV)

A miracle had been done for the ten; something that seemed impossible was made possible through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Their direful situation was healed and now, because of His blessings over their lives, they could resume normal societal activities and functions, for now they were made whole again.

Yet, only one seemed to appreciate it enough to say, “Thank you.”  How sad is that.  In their desperateness they cried out for mercy and our Lord being the compassionate Savior He is, rescued them and showed the mercy they humbly sought.  But, after their healing that humility seemed to have quickly faded as they went forth in life as if no one had done anything for them.

There is a great danger in forgetting to be thankful, especially when it comes to recognizing the great work that God has done in our lives.  Jesus appeared a little shocked that only one recognized the marvelous thing that was just done for them, recognizing it enough to show appreciation anyway.

When one fails to appreciate what is done for them they of themselves can begin to get prideful.  Simply refusing to acknowledge that there was outside help to raise them out of a situation can make one think they have delivered themselves of their own accord and power.  Being thankful means being grounded.  It is recognizing that we don’t have it all together as we think we do and we need the assistance of another to help along the way.

Jesus didn’t have to stop and help them, but He did.  The human side of me wants to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe they were too excited that they forgot to come back and say thank you.  But, I can’t because even if that were the case, Jesus explicitly pointed out their refusal to come back with an attitude of gratitude.  To Jesus, there was no excuse or it would not have been recorded in the Bible this way.

Twice in Colossians 3 we are commanded to be thankful.  Verse 15 says, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful,” (emphasis mine, NKJV).  Also, verse 17 commands, “And what you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him,” (emphasis mine, NKJV).

1 Thessalonians 5:18 makes it super easy for everyone to understand if they should ever wonder if the situation calls for being thankful.  It says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you,” (NKJV).

How much kinder would the world be if we were all a little more appreciative to all that has been done for us?  How much would God love to hear from you and I a simple, “Thank you,” throughout the day, showing Him our appreciation for the events He has covered us in our lives by His sovereignty?

God is so gracious to us; let us not take Him for granted.  We may slight our fellow man once in a while (which we also need to continually watch out for and learn to do better), but don’t slight God.  Give Him His due.  Is it really that hard to simply stop during the busyness of our day and say, “Thank you?”  Does it really cause us that much extra work to simply acknowledge what has been done for you and me with an attitude of gratitude?

What ever happened to thank you?  Each of us can make an impact on our society by ushering in kindness many have seemed to have forgotten.  Let us bring politeness back as being popular and do away with rudeness.  Most importantly, let us NEVER forget or take for granted what God has done for us.  “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness,” (Lamentations 3:22-23, NKJV).

When the leper’s cried out for mercy, Jesus thought about them and healed them.  God bless us with new mercy every single day.  Let’s not forget to thank Him for that and live a life that is appreciative of all that He has done for us.

“Every Day is the Best Day!”

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Sometimes we need to look past what we are currently seeing and claim the best for ourselves anyway.  Stepping out in faith can sow seeds of a better day.

I’m declaring it in Jesus’ name. Today is going to be the best day! Today is going to be a fruitful day! Today is going to be a blessed day! Today is going to be a day of favor! Today is going to be a day where I walk in the power, love and anointing of all that God has for me!

 

“God Answers Prayer!”

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Look at all of the “I will’s” that God WILL DO for His people.  He’s looking out for us!

“God’s Got This!”

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“My Soul Sings!”

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Do you feel that way sometimes?  Just letting the praises of God ring out.  It doesn’t matter if you have the best voice or not, just singing because your soul is just that happy and blessed in the Lord.  Let your soul sing today!  Carry the tune of Jesus wherever you go.

“Walk In Grace!”

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“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not that of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast,” Ephesians 2:8-9

 

“I don’t deserve it, but Lord I thank You!  I didn’t do anything to earn it, but again, Lord I thank You!”  That’s the feeling the word grace evokes in me.  It’s like walking on the clouds of heaven while here on earth; experiencing release and freedom in all that Christ has secured for me.

Grace is personal.  Though Christ died for all, it has to touch one on a more intimate level.  It takes hold of and absorbs in the spirit of man, this wonderful gift of God.  It allows the one who follows after it to get a glimpse of what it truly may be like in heaven when all the shackles of this earthly bondage are removed.  It is ours, personally and individually, to experience for them that are found in Him.

Isn’t it wonderful – this gift of His?  Isn’t it magnificent that no matter our status in life or how hard we work it can never be earned?  It can never be put in our repertoire of attainments to salvation.  It is a gift!

Gifts are meant to be received.  On a number of occasions my husband and even my daughters have tried to give me something out of the blue.  I’m an at home mom and often these gifts come in the form of money.  While I am very grateful for the consideration that they want to give me something, I wind up doing a lot of questioning to try to ascertain the reason for them wanting to give it in the first place.  I want to know what I did to deserve it.  “Oh, you don’t have to go through such lengths. And, yada, yada, yada . . .”   In turn, what was a thoughtful expression is now tainted by frustration in the giver.  They become frustrated with me for doing so much questioning instead of just receiving; for implying the only reason I am worthy is become of some work I must have done for them.

Human perception of this kind of outpouring of love has been marred by this sinful world.  In it dwells the attitude of “if you do for me, then I’ll do for you.”  “If you scratch my back, then I’ll scratch yours.”  It is hard for one to believe in a motivation of pure love; to believe that one would give just because they love.

Paul laid the truth out for us.  “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespass and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lust of our flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others,” (Ephesians 2:1-3).  We were “by nature children of wrath.”  In other words, we were no good, no goods who deserved absolutely nothing.

Verse 4 steps in and shows the love of God at work.  “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.”  He didn’t do it for us because of some great checklist we marked off as job complete, now I deserve this.  His love gave us the gift to receive, “Not of works, lest any man should boast,” (vs. 9).  “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus,” (vs. 7).

This is one of those lessons that you really have to let the Word speak for itself, lest mankind try to put their own spin on it.  God loves us!  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” (John 3:16).  When we accept that love and are saved through Christ, then we have an opened door to accept the gift of grace along with it.  I depend on His grace daily!  I choose to “WALK IN GRACE” today.  It’s a choice.  Read the entire chapter 2 of Ephesians.  See what you were and what He has made you now.  See where you were, and now where He wants to take you.  Compare what you did to what He has done for you.  Now, CELEBRATE! AND, WALK IN THE GRACE HE GIVES!