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Reasons for Thanksgiving

Psalm 107:1-6 “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”

More Reasons to be Thankful from Al Bryant

  1. We thank God for life and health. These we share together. When plague strikes a city, terror reigns. Thank God for conscious well-being and supply of daily needs.
  2. We are thankful for the benefits of civilization, for ordered government, for scientific improvements, for education, good streets, institutions of benevolence, industry, and art. America has done much to improve the lot of the common men and women like ourselves. We must share it with the world.
  3. We are thankful for a Christian environment where temperance and goodwill are encouraged, and fellowship with kindly folk is possible for us all. What would we be without the church, the open Bible, and the Gospel of Christ? These are values beyond man’s power to estimate.
  4. We are thankful for faith in the midst of tragedy. There is a God who understands and cares. Dark and mysterious is our life, but His way is good and true. Our trust is in our salvation.
  5. We are grateful for the vision of better things to be, for the promise of Christ’s kingdom and universal brotherhood in Him. It is our highway from despair, cynicism, and degeneracy.
  6. We thank God for the hope eternal. This life is but the seed of a life that will blossom into unimaginable glory according to the promise of God.

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Dismayed, No Way

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

The Lord is with us we need not fear. His presence guarantees strength to endure every trial, to bear up courageously under all suffering, persecution and affliction. God with us assures that we are never without help. The God of no limits is ever present to help when we have reached the end of our proverbial ropes.

Finally, God upholds us with His mighty power. When our own strength is small and spent, when we fall and have no might to raise ourselves up, the loving Lord reaches down His powerful right hand and lifts us. As long as we confidently know that God is with us, we can boldly proclaim, “I am not afraid; my God is ever with me! I am anxious for nothing; the Lord is my God!”

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

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My Fortress and My Deliverer

Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” The ever present God is our fortress, a source of strength and cheer. With Him we can meet life’s challenges triumphantly.

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Walking on Slick Paths

Psalm 119:165Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.” march

What are your resources for a winning spiritual life? 15 minutes daily in the Word? Prayer? Willingness to serve? Gathering with like-minded believers?

God’s word and law is our safety line and resource as we walk those slick paths we face.

Patient

Psalm 33:20 “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.”

Good words from Frederick Faber — Growth in Holiness by Fredrick Faber (1905)

“In the spiritual life God chooses to try our patience first of all by His slowness … He is slow: we are swift and precipitate. It is because we are but for a time, and He has been for eternity …” (Page 116)

“There is something greatly overawing in the extreme slowness of God. Let it overshadow our souls, but let it not disquiet them …” (Page 117)

“We must wait for God, long, meekly, in the wind and wet, in the thunder and the lightning, in the cold and the dark. Wait, and He will come. He never comes to those who do not wait. He does not go their road. When He comes, go with Him, but go slowly, fall a little behind; when he quickens His pace, be sure of it, before you quicken yours. But when He slackens, slacken at once: and do not be slow only, but silent, very silent, for He is God.” (Page 120)

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Drink Water. Drink More Water

Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you …

What first lays hold of the heart in the morning is likely to occupy the place all the day.

As we thirst for God, we open our eyes, first thing, to His understanding and long for His righteousness. We are convinced that nothing in this world can satisfy our wants and desires except a potion of God. When faith and hope starts our day we consider God’s mercy and loving kindness, devoting ourselves fully to being the kind of person in whom God can entrust His power.

We can accomplish a great deal through our own efforts and hard work. The implementation of programs and mission strategies can produce results, but there is no greater satisfaction than to see the hand of God move as we take our initial start of the day drink of His goodness and allow Him to move us in such a way that only He can get the credit for what is done.

As we lie in bed at night. We can reflect in victory knowing we consciously clung to Him, confident He is the One that upheld us.

Jesus said, On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let Him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of His heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37–38.

“Drink water. Drink more (spiritual) water” !!!

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