Archive for August, 2010

Never Get Lax in Giving Thanks!

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.  Psa 100:1-5

You can’t just run down to the post office and mail a package.   You have to stand in line, get it weighed, make certain that it meets the specifications, perhaps insure it but clearly you have to  stipulate where you want it sent but also how you want it sent.  Then you have to pay for it.  Well, getting God’s ear or simply spending time with Him does not involve all of that.   But He makes a solid request regarding our approach to Him;

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his [a] ;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100

Now…let’s get an understanding.  We don’t go to God to get something.  He is our heavenly Father…so we approach Him like a Father knowing that He dotes on us with a father’s love and that He’ll correct us with that same love.   He is the creator of the universe and He is not on our level.  For a fact, He is higher than we are and praise and thanksgiving are ways to honor Him.  We should be only too happy to do this.

I woke up this morning with Thanksgiving on my lips.  My heart was reaching out to God…it did not stop for two hours.  It would be almost six hours later before I would pray.   This was the best day ever!

When I first put up the Thanksgiving site, I expected so much traffic.  It didn’t happen yet…but I cannot help but to speak about the irony.    Out of eight sites some may get some fifteen  hundred to two thousand people a day but  there is a great likelihood that  if you are reading this article you are the only visitor for today.  (swmiles)   God is paying attention.

When people pray because there are so many steps…they often skip giving thanks.  By doing so; they miss out on ushering in the presence of God.   Have I missed it?   Yes…I have and God has been merciful enough to show me.

Here are some scrip1 Chronicles 16:8
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:35
Cry out, “Save us, O God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, that we may glory in your praise.”

1 Chronicles 29:13
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

Daniel 2:23
“I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.”

I just want to encourage you to seek God out; His way…it will Bless you!    He’s watching.  He’s waiting!  For a fact!


“WITH THE LOVE OF GOD, WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD” “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 16:25)

COMMENT: In 1 Kings 11 & 12, because King Solomon turned away from God, we find the kingdom was divided between his son Rehoboam and Jeroboam. God promised Jeroboam that he would do for him as He had done for King David if he would walk in His ways. However, Jeroboam had his own ideas. He figured that if he allowed his people to go up to Jerusalem to worship, they might defect to his rival, King Rehoboam. So he made 2 calves of gold and told his subjects to stay in his kingdom and worship them. He proclaimed new feast days and chose priests who were not Levites. These are just some of the many evils he initiated in order to keep his kingdom.

Because he disobeyed God, his kingdom was snatched away from him. Sometimes we come to a fork in the road and it seems to make much more sense to follow our human reasoning rather than what we know according to God’s Word. If we trust His Word and walk in His ways, we will ALWAYS be victorious in the end.   SCRIPTURE STUDY: Psalm 32:10 & 37:3,4 and Proverbs 3:5,6   WISE SAYING: LET GOD’S WORD HAVE FINAL AUTHORITY IN YOUR LIFE!

Sincerely Yours, Gene McGuire