On Gratitude And Love This Thanksgiving Week

A Debt Of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a debt. It is something we owe. When we bring our thanks before God, we are recognizing Him as the source of every blessing, every protection, every heartbeat, every rescue from every trial, even when His chosen form of deliverance is just supplying us the perseverance we need to see it through. We have no life, no hope, no health, no grace, no strength, no peace, no holiness, no anything apart from what He has given and continues to give us. So if you’re holding an outstanding debt of gratitude today, fulfill your obligation to deliver your thanks to Him. He deserves it all. If not now, when?

Job On Gratitude

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:20 ESV

On Love

Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:2 NIV

The Reason For Gratitude At Thanksgiving: Love Defined

“It is finished.” John 19:30

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On Worldview

We live in a post Christian world. Western Judeo Christianity has fallen away from the Biblical Worldview and moral relativism has pushed truth aside.

This phenomenon is described perfectly in a quote from Rick Warren (Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church): “The crumbling of our culture, the crisis in our schools, the controversies in our courts, the corruption in our businesses, the chaos in our government, the carnality in our churches, the confusion in our families, the conflicts in our personal lives, are all caused by the futile attempt to believe, hold on to, and live incompatible and contradictory worldviews at the same time.”

What Now 2 Do? Get your Biblical Worldview on.

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On Love

God: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: Love your neighbor as you love yourself. The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments. Matthew 22:35 GNT

Mother Teresa: If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

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On Security and Insecurity

An Affirmation: Secure in God’s love, I will not surrender my self-worth to the opinions and judgments of others. When I am rejected, I will not retaliate. When I am hurt, I will allow God to heal me. Knowing the pain of rejection, I will seek to love those who suffer from its anguish.

Lloyd Ogilvie

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God’s Mulligan: Amazing Grace

Wikipedia, with whom I have a love hate relationship, defines a mulligan as “a second chance to perform an action, usually after the first chance went wrong through bad luck or a blunder.”

Here is what the Bible, a somewhat more authoritive resource than Wikipedia, has to say about mulligans:

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time. Jonah 3:1 (HCSB)

God is a god of second chances. And third chances. And fourth chances. To wit:

The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)

You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up; then God will show mercy to you. Proverbs 28:13 (GNT)

The amazing grace that saved you is available fresh to you each morning. Take the mulligan.

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 14

A Kairos Moment

Let us pray.

Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness…Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

Father in heaven, examine and probe our ways. Let our words and our thoughts be acceptable in Your sight.O Lord take away our sins; be gracious to us and receive us and accept our sacrifice of praise.

Awake sinners and weep and wail. Consecrate a fast. Proclaim a solemn assembly; Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God and cry out to the LORD. Blow a trumpet in our land and sound an alarm. Help us return to You with all our hearts, spare Your people and our country, O Lord.

It is written: “At the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation” – giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger, in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true; as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death, as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.

Precious Holy Spirit prepare our minds for action and help us keep sober in spirit. Remind us to fix our hope completely on the grace to be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Call our country out of darkness into Your marvelous light both to will and to work for Your good pleasure. Instruct us, teach us, and counsel us in the way we should go. Help us Proclaim the gospel with Your Mighty Word, in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction for such a time as this.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

Psalm 150:1-2,6
Hosea 14:2
Psalm 19:14
Joel
1Peter 1:13-16, 2:9
Philippians 2:13
Psalms 32:8
2 Corinthians 6:2-10
Isaiah 49:8

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 13

From Despair To Hope

Father God, O may Your glorious name be blessed and exalted above all blessing and praise!

Forgive us for our feelings of hopelessness and fear. Forgive us for taking our eyes off You by conforming to the world, hoping for satisfaction and peace. But without You, there is no hope or peace and we are left in utter despair and ruin.

Return us to a saving faith in You, the Living God, Your Son Jesus Christ and Your Holy Spirit.Strengthen our faith to believe that we WILL see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Give us courageous hearts and strength to wait for You in the days ahead because we know, in You, there is hope. We ask for mercy for our country; that all our people will trust in You and look around and rest securely; that they will again praise You for the help of Your presence.

Equip us to share the Gospel to a dying, hopeless and despairing world. Send Your Spirit across the lands to all who are hurting and spiritually lost. Prepare their hearts for hope everlasting. We know that Your eye is on those who fear You and hope in Your lovingkindness. Our hope is in You.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Nehemiah 9:5, Psalm 27:13-14, Job 11:18, Psalm 42:5, Psalm 31:24, Psalm 33:18,22, Psalm 39:7, Jack Countryman “If My People” page 42

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 12 / Vespers

Waiting On God 

Dear Lord, Your word says that You LORD are good to those who wait for You, to the people who seek You.  (Lamentations 3:25)

We pray as Hannah prayed after waiting on your timing: “Our heart exults in the Lord; our horn is exalted in the Lord, our mouths speaks boldly against our enemies, because we rejoice in Your salvation. There is no one holy like the Lord, Indeed, there is no one besides You, nor is there any rock like our God. “The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up. The Lord makes poor and rich; He brings low, He also exalts. He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with nobles, and inherit a seat of honor; for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, And He set the world on them. He keeps the feet of His godly ones, but the wicked ones are silenced in darkness; for not by might shall a man prevail. Those who contend with the Lord will be shattered; against them He will thunder in the heavens, The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; and He will give strength to His king, and will exalt the horn of His anointed. Lord, we are waiting for your perfect time to set the pillars of America on the solid ground of Your Word. We know we deserve judgment, but LORD we are asking for mercy, not on our merit but so that Your Holy Name will be exalted in the earth.” 1 Samuel 2:1-2 and 6-10

But as for us, our prayer is to You, O Lord, at an acceptable time; O God, in the greatness of Your lovingkindness, answer us with Your saving truth. Deliver us from the mire and do not let us sink; may we be delivered from our foes and from the deep waters. May the flood of water not overflow us nor the deep swallow us up, nor the pit shut its mouth on us. Answer us, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good; according to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to us, And do not hide Your face from Your servants, for we are in distress; answer us quickly. Oh draw near to our souls and redeem it; ransom us because of our enemies! You know our reproach and our shame and our dishonor; all our adversaries are before You. Psalm 69:13–19

Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified.” But we are afflicted and needy; hasten to us, O God! You are our help and our deliverer; O Lord, do not delay. Psalm 70:4-5

In the Precious Name of Jesus, Amen

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 11

Waiting on God

Precious LORD, our Creator, our Healer, our Provider, God Most High, we come before you praying for our country and waiting to see you act.

Your word says that you LORD are good to those who wait for You, to the person who seeks You.
It is good that we wait silently for the salvation and deliverance from You LORD.

Those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not become weary.

Wait sounds like a passive term, but it is not. It means to intertwine like the chords of a rope.
O LORD, let us individually and as a nation be so intertwined with you that every thought and action are guided by You.

May each leader of our country have Your precepts so intertwined in their thoughts, that they govern us with mercy, righteousness and justice, based on Your Holy Word.

We pray your plans for America are plans to prosper us and not harm us. Plans to give us a hope and a future.

We wait expectantly for You to act.

We hope in the precious name of Jesus.

Amen

Lamentations 3:25 – 26
Isaiah 40:31
Jeremiah 29:11

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 10

Almighty God, our Father in heaven, maker of heaven and earth, to You be the glory. Worthy are You, our Lord, and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 

Forgive us for our rebellious thoughts. Forgive us for creating our own gods and following after them. Forgive us for our haughty and prideful attitudes. We have constantly and intentionally grieved Your Holy Spirit. We have taken Your lovingkindness and patience for granted.

We humbly ask you, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, to help our country turn its heart toward you. Give us individually and corporately, a heart of righteousness instead of disobedience to make ready a people prepared for our Lord, Jesus. Rend our dull hearts. Open our deaf ears and blind eyes so that we will understand with our hearts and return to You and find healing. For You are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil. 

Your Word says that if we set our heart and soul to seek You continually, and glory in Your name, our hearts will be glad, for we will find You. Please help our country seek You and find You by turning their hearts toward you. We pray for our country to begin storing up treasure in heaven and not here on earth for where our treasure is, our hearts are. 


In Jesus’ name, amen.

Psalm 115:15

Revelation 4:11

1 Chronicles 16:34

Isaiah 63:102

Corinthians 1:3

Luke 1:17

Acts 28:27

Joel 2:13

Jeremiah 24:7I

1 Chronicles 22:19

I Chronicles 16:10-11

Deuteronomy 4:29

Luke 12:34

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