Thanksgiving Praise

Psalm 95: 2 “Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” (ESV). Giving Thanks Despite our seemingly difficult circumstances, whatever the depth of pain, strife, or however the situation appears, we should give thanks to our Lord and sing Songs of Praises to Him. Regardless if we feel like it or not, we should focus our eyes on God and Thank Him! We must believe that He will respond, extend His arms, and pull us through.

Thinking of everything or even one thing that God has done for us, we should want to rejoice in His presence, continue giving thanks and singing songs of praise onto His Name. Giving Thanks to our God shows appreciation and respect, not only for what He has done for us, but what He allows us to do for others. Appreciating each other may sound much easier said than done. Why is that?  God already made THE ultimate sacrifice for His children, so we should have nothing to worry about. We can be Free in the Lord, appreciate Him, Thank Him, and sing to magnify His greatness.

Many individuals may give thanks to other humans but we must remember that the daily thanksgiving belongs to our Lord. By faith and invoking His divine presence, we can ask God to use us as a tool to make the change and keep the atmosphere a reflection of His beauty using our Christ-like image to promote His will.  We must acknowledge Christ Jesus in all that we do and be grateful for His sacrifice. Thank Him for what He has done, is doing, and will continue to do. That is part of singing songs of praise!

Christ-like Behavior

The book of 1 Peter 4:7-9 state “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” During this upcoming thanksgiving celebration and on a daily basis make an effort to thank God for being in control, and share a spiritual reason why you appreciate another person. Maybe the person is always encouraging when you are feeling down, or the person always provides that smile and conversation or just knows when to be quiet but yet supportive.

You can be a blessing to someone without realizing it. The Christian discipleship process is a journey and by following Jesus’ humble demeanor, we bless others by being supportive. The same way God supports you, you can support others. Reading the Bible, and I understand many people may not know where to begin, some may find it hard to begin from Genesis. I like Psalms, and Proverbs. I think one chapter a day is a good start. Also, if you hear or know of a Bible story that you heard and you like, you can start from there. Maybe you will find yourself wanting to read more.

Being a Blessing

Make an effort to include God in your life, and He will lead the way. However you talk to God, just talk to Him and let Him minister to your heart. Let God speak to your heart and He will tell you what His will is for you while you are serving Him, thanking Him, and singing songs of praise. God hears our thanksgiving prayers and Songs of Praise. His word gives reveals how we should engage in prayer and worship.

As Disciples of Jesus Christ, we follow the Great Commission Jesus gave us to GO and make Disciples in Matthew 28. We must ensure we are doing it with love and God will be with us to protect us. We can practice Christian discipleship anywhere, at gathering, going to work, shopping, or encounters with others. Let us seek ways to take advantage of the situation, disciple each other, and continue fulfilling that Great Commission.

As disciples of Jesus, let us challenge each other to GO, make more disciples. During this family and friends gathering, let us keep the conversations to reflect peace, humility, and an awareness of the expectations of our Heavenly Father. I believe we should start now. Get in the mindset to start rebuking ALL negative thoughts pertaining to anyone or anything. Rebuke it with your favorite biblical verse. It could be the verse reminding you that you can do anything in Christ who strengthens you, reminds you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, or cast your cares on the Lord, and allow Him to lead the way. Let our Lord lead our lives! As He manifests, and if you invite Him in He will attend, He will give you an inner peace and spiritual meal no man can provide. So start getting in that frame of mind on a daily basis.

Songs of Praise

Psalm 95 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;     let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;     let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 3 For the Lord is a great God,     and a great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;     the heights of the mountains are his also. 5 The sea is his, for he made it,     and his hands formed the dry land. 6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;     let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! 7 For he is our God,     and we are the people of his pasture,     and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, 8     do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,     as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 9 when your fathers put me to the test     and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 10 For forty years I loathed that generation     and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,  and they have not known my ways.” 11 Therefore I swore in my wrath,  “They shall not enter my rest.”

Giving thanks and singing Songs of Praises to God becomes easier every day. Thank Him for everything you see, everything you do, all the experiences you were blessed with during the day. Being stewards of God’s grace does come with a price. Christ sacrificed Himself to cleanse us from our sins. We must remove our carnal, fleshly, sinful desires and clothe ourselves with the Armor of God and pursue His will. We must use our Christ like mind within us and capture negative devilish thoughts and conform them to positive Christ-like intentions. 2 Corinthians 10:5 state “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (NIV).

God’s Grace

If we do not continue engaging in the negative behaviors of the world, others will abuse you, talk about you and disrespect you. We were all sinners. In the past we may have conducted ourselves in ungodly ways. Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior requires us to behave differently. Some people may not understand that, keep reminding you where you came from, and chastise you for following God! The book of 2 Corinthians 5:17 state, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Being a new creature in Christ, you peel off that dead layer of earthly skin and proudly wear your kingdom garment to glorify our Heavenly Father.

We should keep pursuing the will of God, as one day He will be the judge of our actions on earth. Romans 14:11-12 reminds us that “for it is written, “as I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then each of us will give an account of himself to God” (ESV). We must respect each other and regardless of what others say about you, ignore you, overlook, or criticize you. People will judge you, past or present, and do not live allowing the Holy Spirit to influence their lives allowing God to lead the way. As long as your eyes remain focused on God, the victory is yours.

We do not know the date or the time or the hour when our Lord will return, but the word of God specifies how we must behave in a loving, self-controlled, sober mind, and acknowledge that we cover each other through unconditional love. The Scripture reveals that love covers a multitude of sins and also shares that we should show hospitality to one another without grumbling (1 Peter 4). So every day, as we gather with family, friends, loved ones, or choose to enjoy a quiet evening, let us take accountability of our actions in a Christ-like manner, love each other (or try to) like the way God loves us. He forsake His only Son for us remember? Let us enjoy the hospitality and fellowship without grumbling, arguing, gossiping, and know that we are all blessed under His glorious grace and we simply cannot help it. God loves you! Thank Him and love Him back, not only with words….but with actions!

As stewards of God’s grace, use your God-given gifts and talents to glorify Him. As we speak, let our conversation reflect our Lord’s glorious grace. If we are serving or being served let us acknowledge the strength, power, and grace of God that allows us to be there and be blessed.


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