A Morning is a wonderful blessing, either cloudy or sunny. It stands for hope and thanksgiving. Yes! sunshine dancing on my shoulder, grasses are so green today no dusts on my feet. Some white petals on the ground so lovely and wonderful.
Thank you for the clouds in the sky, and the rainbows I can see. Thank you for the green grass and the flowers and the trees. Thank you, God, for this world and all that you have made for me. I thank you Good Lord for keeping me through the night and waking me with the morning light. You know, Lord, sometimes when I’m sad I do things that I shouldn’t. Please forgive me when I do something I know is not right. Father God, bless this voice that let me sing songs of praise to you. Thank you for helping me to remember to use my voice to say nice things to my family and to all my friends. Bless the people who take care of me, love me and to those who persecute me. Thank you for watching over all of us today and through the night. Help me, Lord, to love you more than I have ever loved you before. In my life and in my play be with me throughout my day, Thank you, God, for everything you do for me. I love you, Heavenly Father! Amen.
I have often been asked which book of the Bible is my favorite. Ok in all
seriousness, my favorite book in the Bible is the book of Psalms. Why the book of Psalms? Because I believe there’s probably not a single issue that our hearts struggle with that is not addressed, in some way, in the Psalms. In my adulthood life I have read through the entire bible multiple times for many years, for my personal Bible reading. I would simply begin in Genesis and read straight through. And when I finished at the book of Revelation, I’d just start all over again. But time and time again, when I would be going through a particularly difficult season in my life, the Holy Spirit would prompt me to delve into the book of Psalms. And without fail, I would be comforted and strengthened. So, firstly, if you have never read this book, do yourself a favour and read it. Secondly, if you have read this book, I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
How about you, What is your favorite book in the Bible and why?
The apostle Paul teaches us how to pray with thanksgiving in every circumstance. The Bible often commands us to avoid anxiety and fear. God tells us that He will supply for our every need. Even though we may not see the fruits of our faith immediately, we should always thank God, knowing He will bring them when the time is right. Jesus promised that ”He will supply all your needs in accordance with His riches” Philippians 4:19. Stop for a moment and imagine what the riches of God must look like☻. God has promised us the abundance of His riches! There is no need to fear that these boundless blessings will ever run out. Offer your life to Him with thanksgiving! If we cannot offer our current prayer requests from the foundation of a life that is currently filled with thanksgiving, we will not get a favorable response. Don’t look down at the ground in discouragement, look up to heaven and praise Him for the great gifts He has promised you in the midst of your crisis. Stand on those everlasting promises. Then get up and go, believing and expecting that God will supply all your needs. The Word of the Lord does not instruct us to pray with complaining; it says to pray with thanksgiving. Philippians is very clear on this point, prayer and petition must be accompanied by thanksgiving.
Forgiveness for me is letting go of the need for revenge and releasing negative thoughts of bitterness and grudges. To forgive is really to remember that each of us says things we wish we had never said; that we can all forget that love is more important than being right. To forgive is to set yourself free, to acknowledge that it does no good to hate. Hate really destroys both the other person and yourself. That realization is what I think taught me about forgiveness, and so I try my best to live by it. I think forgiveness is an aspect of our humanity. I suggest you to pray and read passages that offer biblical guidance on forgiveness and how important it is to forgive others as we have been forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ. When I’m upset and hurt by others, the passages below helps me a lot to easily forgive them.
Colossians 3:13 Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].
Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
Psalm 32: 1 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered.
Psalm 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told]–then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Proverbs 19:11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense
Romans 12:20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
I love what the Bible says on forgiveness. Add your own favorite in the comment box. Let’s forgive and love one another. May God bless us all! And remember, ”Always be the first to forgive; and forgive yourself first always.”
”Jesus nothing compares to this grace that rescues me, Savior now and forever your face is all I seek. ”
Where are you in your journey right now? Are you in the middle of a trial? Maybe you’ve been obedient to walk the difficult paths the Lord presented you. Maybe you’ve even laid down your life for those God sent your way. Maybe those very paths and the people you’ve loved are the source of your pain. You wonder why your obedience seems to have been rewarded with pain. Like these men of God, Paul and Silas exercised the power of joy in the midst of very difficult circumstances. Their clothes were torn off, they were beaten with rods and thrown into jail, and yet they did nothing wrong. They expressed a supernatural joy evidenced by their praying and singing.
The act of thanksgiving and praise opens impossible doors and shakes loose all chains. Sometimes we find ourselves constrained by our circumstances. Don’t be afraid when that happens. Perhaps the reason is so that you can be a blessing to those around you. In acts 16, we sometimes forget that Paul and Silas were not the only ones freed from prison. All the prisoners’ chains were shaken loose. The keeper of the prison himself gave his life to Jesus Christ. The one who was responsible for holding all of these men in bondage repented and came to Christ because Paul and Silas did not ever fail to give thanks. That is the power of gratitude and thanksgiving to God our Heavenly Father. As a result of seeing firsthand and supernatural joy of Paul and Silas, the jailer was saved. see Acts 16:27-34. Keep giving thanks.
He is big enough to deliver you from your circumstances and to do a great work through you. I believe more people in the world will receive salvation that waits for them when we truly begin to express the joy of their salvation.We all go through things in this life and sometimes trials are unbearable. We have the promises of God always being there for each one of us. The Bible is full of God’s promises, and those are His words. We can use His Words to get out of sticky situation. We need to have open hearts. God’s Word and our hearts will affirm truth to us when we hear truth. Our minds may be closed, but our hearts must be open to God to allow Him to do new things in our lives.
Upon reading Acts 16, I realized that meeting God in the middle of the pain is exactly what made me who I am in Him today. I am better off having experienced God in the darkness than if I never had the tears. That is what gives me hope during the valleys of pain that come my way. May all of us who are presently in a dark place hold steady to God’s goodness. In every situation we are in, we need to give thanks to the Lord. Let our hearts be filled with worship and our minds set on praising the Lord. If you are sick and you know of a friend who is sick also, pray for them.
You will find so much joy in seeing your prayer answered, as you believe when you pray and see your friend regaining strength and health to his body. If you see someone struggling to make ends meet, maybe that extra loaf of bread in your freezer is the key they need to see that the Lord is still looking out and providing for them. Dear fellows, go to your prayer room where it is just you and God. Pray and stay in prayer until you have found the Lord. Seek His face while there is still time. Darkness is upon the earth and the enemy is looking and hunting down the weak vessels. Seek the Lord while He can still be found! Do not wait until it is too late. Before the Lord can come for all He has appointed and chosen, repentance must come.