1 Chronicles 29:13 "And now we thank You, our God, and praise Your glorious name." ESV
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Thursday, November 27, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
"The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God." ESV
How can thanking God be a sacrifice? We cannot give anything to God that isn't already His, except our genuine, heart felt, pure thankfulness for who He is. That's going beyond anything we own, any money we give, any works, and any consideration of ourselves.
Lord, forgive us for speaking words of gratitude to You because we are expected to or because we want others to see how spiritual we are. Do not hold it against us when we feel our gratitude is satisfied by our efforts, time, and money we give. It is because of who You are that we give thanks. Amen.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
1 Thessalonians 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." ESV
Would this scripture mean that we are not to complain or grumble in a frustrating situation?
Lord, help us become acutely aware of our attitudes in all circumstances, even the awful ones, and give us a thankful heart because You are working all things out for our good. In Your name we pray, Amen.
Monday, November 24, 2014
"Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." ESV
The Apostle Paul is telling us to be thankful all the time and for every thing. How can we do that when so many stressful and tragic things happen to us? Because, when we receive good things and positive times, our Lord has graciously poured out His blessings on us with no effort on our part. However, when we encounter bad things and negative times, our Lord graciously pours out His blessings and grace on us because we praise Him even in the storm.
Lord, teach us to be thankful all the time and for all things. Our thankfulness helps us remember how faithful and gracious You are to us. In Your great name we pray, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
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Friday, November 21, 2014
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works." ESV
To consider something is to take time to focus on it and take time to really think about it. We are encouraged to consider our brothers and sisters in Christ and how we might get them motivated to be like Him.
Lord, forgive us for our lack of motivation and neglecting our responsibility to motivate others to do Your will. Help us to consider how to keep our faith kindled and to motivate others to do the same. In Your name we pray, Amen.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
1 Peter 4:16
"Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name." ESV
Suffering is a human reality that no one escapes in this life. Most of the time we suffer because we've done something we shouldn't have done or we get caught in the crossfire of natural consequences. But how often has any of us suffered because we are Christians? If we suffer for that, we can rejoice and praise Him. He will honor us and bless us when we suffer for Him.
Lord, forgive us when we complain for suffering when it is our own doing or we are experiencing being a part of this world. When we suffer for being Your children, help us to rejoice and give You praise. In Your name we pray, Amen.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
"Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear." ESV
Some people believe that their lives are so far into sin that they can never be saved. There is no sin that the blood of Jesus Christ cannot cleanse. Some people believe the Lord does not listen to their prayers or does not care. Every prayer that is spoken from the heart to the Lord Jesus Christ is answered. His answer may not be what we had expected, but it will be answered. His blood cleanses, His ears hear and move Him to answer.
Lord, we give You praise for Your precious and powerful blood that covers all sin. We thank You for hearing all our prayers and for answering them in Your time and in Your way. In Your gracious name we pray, Amen.