Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Thankful Heart by John Belt

      In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season I sometimes forget to be thankful.  Sometimes I even grumble about all the things I have to do, do you?  This is a great reminder from John Belt that thanksgiving is what pleases God.  Didn't he say, "In everything give thanks?"

John BeltWe can never underestimate the power of simple "thanksgiving". Did you know that the more thanks that you give to God the closer you come to His heart?
The truth is that if we don't live a life of thankfulness then it is almost guaranteed we will revert to a life of grumbling and complaining. When we give thanks we are welcoming the Presence of His Spirit in our lives which, in turn,opens our eyes to see more of His goodness! This makes us want to give Him thanks even more.
No gravityGiving thanks to God takes us higher in His Presence.
We really do enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. It is all true that you can't really praise God unless you are thankful.
Take some time to think of things to be thankful for today. If you know Him that is enough to be overwhelmingly thankful for!
7 "P"s for Your Life
Here are 7 powerful words that begin with "P" that I've connected with some Scriptures for you to chew on. Just meditating on the Word has a powerful effect on our lives
(Psalm 1).
• Promises
2 Peter 1:4 "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."
• Power
2 Corinthians 13:4 "For though He was crucified through weakness, yet He liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you."
• Prayer
Philippians 4:6 "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
• Patience
James 1:4 "But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
• Purity
Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."
• Praise
Psalm 34:1 "I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth."
• Peace
Isaiah 66:12 "For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream."
John & Brandi Belt
Overflow Global Ministries


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