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Nov 14, 2017

As we approach our national holiday of Thanksgiving our thoughts turn more to the word "thanksgiving". Hopefully, we as Christians will see this not as just a calendar event, but as another opportunity to saturate ourselves with praise and thanksgiving. As we habit ourselves in thanksgiving and prayer, we tend to become people who worship God from within.

RESULTS OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING:

1.  Praise Opens the DOOR to Effective Prayer which Results in Deliverance. "Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me" (Psalm 50:14,15).


2.  Blessing, Praising and Seeking the Lord Brings an End to Lack. "I will bless the Lord at all times:  his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord:  the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing" (Psalm 34:1-3,10).


3.  Praise to God Brings Increase - "Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him" (Psalm 67:5-7).


4.  Praise with a Pure Heart Brings God's Salvation - "Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God." In the Hebrew translation, the word "salvation" means:  liberty, deliverance, prosperity, safety (to be safe), to preserve, to get victory.

How can we as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ live a life of thanksgiving which causes us to flow in praise and thankfulness? In the Old Testament verses, the Hebrew translation for praise and thanksgiving is the same. The real meaning given by the Holy Spirit warms our hearts as we are given insight into the thoughts of God.

PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING MEANS TO:

**Declare openly-confess freely 

**An extension of the hand - to revere or worship with extended hands 

**An adoration (a choir of worshippers) 

**Make a confession 

**Give an offering

In the new Testament, Philippians 4:6 states that we are to present our requests (prayers and supplications) to God with thanksgiving and then an amazing thing happens - the power of a thankful heart brings peace and guards our hearts and minds. 

I am reminded of my dad, Rev. J.T. Campbell, who pastored in many churches for over fifty years. When he and my mother came to our home for Thanksgiving dinner, he would always ask one of of the grandchildren to read Psalm 100 just before we enjoyed our meal.

"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 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."

Let me encourage you to be a humble person and to daily express your gratitude to the Lord for his faithfulness. May He bless you!
Nov 11, 2017

Winning Combo - Praying, Saying and Believing

As we need God's help in perplexing or distressing situations, we should follow the pattern of Matthew 7:7, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

* I believe the asking in this verse means that we are to pray.

* Seeking means that we say what we need and what we expect. 

* The last admonition is for us to continue knocking until we have the answer. I am sure that this is the believing part.

 Far too many Christians lose the battle just before the victory, because they look at unchanged circumstances and quit praying, saying, and believing. Or they may keep praying, but stop their faith filled words.

Oct 30, 2017

Winning Combo - Praying, Saying, Believing - When Jesus Christ arose from the dead He gave to every believer a new key ring and a set of keys. He gave you and me the power and authority to bind and loose wth this new set of keys. "I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind - that is, declare to be improper and unlawful - on earth must be already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth - declare lawful - must be what is already loosed in heaven" (Matthew 16:19 Amp Bible).

The Holy spirit wants every believer to understand this passage and to know how to use these keys of the kingdom. If you need more understanding about the powerful truth in this verse, just stop now and ask the Spirit to be your teacher and to lead you into his truth.  

You have power as a believer to bind the devil and to resist the spirits of strife and sin coming against your home. Jesus said in James 4:8 to "submit yourself to God" and then you are strong enough to resist the devil. He says that you are to command Satan to leave your family members, your friends, your finances, your job situation, your home, your church, etc.

You can also use the name of Jesus Christ and loose good things to come into the lives of people. As you pray for others, you can begin to speak words such as "In Jesus' name, I loose peace and healing to my son."

There is also another side to the coin regarding the keys of binding and loosing. Whenever you refuse to forgive someone, then all forgiveness is bound in heaven toward you. You can also bind up blessings from coming your way when you choose not to forgive. But when you choose to forgive and to love, then you open the windows of heaven for God's forgiveness and love to flow freely to you and your family.

 

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