Living in a world of troubles, hard-pressed on every side, perplexed, persecuted, or struck down, we must not lose heart! Through it all we must keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith! "Thanks be to God who gives us the victory though our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Cor. 15:57
In spite of all that's going on in the world or in 'your' world, stop and give thanks to the Lord. 1 Thes. 5:18 "IN everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
When anxiety or fear come to torment your thoughts, stop and give thanks to the Lord. Phil. 4:6 "Be anxious for nothing, but IN everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
In case you're feeling unloved and discarded, stop and give thanks to the Lord. Ps. 107:1 "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His love endures forever."
At times of disappointments, frustrations, and exasperation, stop and give thanks to the Lord. Ps. 42:5 "Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance."
If sickness, disease, pain, or infirmity attacks your body, stop and give thanks to the Lord. Ps. 103:1-3 "Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases."
During times of challenges and difficulty, when you feel like giving up, or if it seems as if there's no hope.... Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise! (Ps. 100:4) Continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, with the fruit of your lips, giving thanks to His name. (Heb. 13:15)
Thanksgiving and praise always precedes His presence which precedes His power. In Acts 16:16-40 when Paul and Silas were imprisoned, they began to praise the Lord. God showed up and miracles happened! Adversity isn't fun, but when we're faced with it, stop and give thanks to God. When we do, we are expressing our trust and belief in Him which causes breakthrough miracles.
I love the fall. I love the time of harvest. Who doesn't? The weather gets a little cooler, the leaves turn beautiful colors, there's the smell of wood burning in fireplaces and holidays are just around the corner. The idea of family get togethers, eating pumpkin pie, and decorating for the season just seems so exciting. The smell of freshly baked cookies permeate the house and bring such a comforting feeling. All these events add joy to the season.
And although there are troubles or sad times in our journey, during this time, push them aside and allow the 'hope' of this season to infiltrate our heart. The important thing to remember that no matter what we're faced with or what we're going through, Life is on the other side! The darkness, the discouragement, or thoughts of defeat might be trying to beat us down. They may attempt to keep us from blasting our way through the door of victory. But Jesus said, "...with God all things are possible." (Mat. 19:26)
Just like the woman that had an issue of blood, who knew if she could touch the hem of Jesus' garment she'd be healed, pushed through the crowd, at risk for her life. (Luke 8:40-48) Or the persistence of blind Bartimaeus, despite the jeers of the crowd, yelled louder to get Jesus' attention. (Mark 10:46-52) It's time for us to rise up with a Spirit of faith and push past the disappointments, toss off the sorrow, or feelings of failure. Let faith be louder than fear. Press harder than we've ever pressed before, determined to receive our promise. Don't allow worry or the taunts of the devil hold us back.
Our help is in the Lord. Nothing is too hard for Him! (Jer. 32:27) Jesus said the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. But, I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly! (John 10:10) Life is on the other side of our predicament! Jesus cancels out the devils schemes of stealing, killing and destruction when we exercise our faith for the victory. The devil is a liar! We ARE more than conquerors through Christ who loved us! (Rom. 8:37)
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."