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Thanksgiving Day 2020

Thank You Lord, for You!

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 12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever. Ps 30:12 (KJV)

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 15:57

14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 2 Cor 2:14

O Thou Holy One of Israel, Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, Saviour, Lover of my soul, Thou hast breathed into me the breath of life, if Thou should remove from me all of Thy blessings in this life and the next (I know You won’t for You are unchanging) even so, my heart and soul would long to bless You and give You thanks. Amen.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thank You Lord, for the Testified Life!

There have been so many dear people who have testified in my life of their own walk with the Lord.  They took Acts 1:8 to heart and then seeded me with the Gospel.  I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. To name a few of the first ones: Whitey and Jean Whitehead, Boyd Hames, Beryl Boswell, Pastor Hall, Pastor Osbourne; I could go on and on.

 

In this current hour I am learning much about grace from Connie Belford, about leadership and vision from Adam Ponder, about care and commitment from Shane Sullivan, and about hope from my friends in Celebrate Recovery. 

 

My life is so rich and full by way of the testimony and witness of others. Churches I’ve served, family members, church families, life groups and classes, neighbors who walk with the Lord; there is no way I could name them all.   Thank You Lord, thank you, thank you! Amen.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Thank You Lord, for the Purified Life!

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isa 1:18 (KJV)

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor 6:9–11

5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Rev 1:5

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Our cleansing from sin is through Christ alone. Amen

Monday, November 23, 2020

Thank You Lord, for the Unified Life

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. John 17:20–24 (KJV)

Thank you Lord Jesus for putting into the eternal design  a plan for people of different colors, cultures, shapes, and even ideas, so that we might all be one in you.  What a joy that there will come a time when:

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:28

11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Col 3:11

We live in a world of disunity, mistrust, and constant division. But Holy God will bring all that to an end as the heavens are rolled up as a scroll and our mighty Messiah will rule and reign over all. Amen!

Friday, November 20, 2020

Thank You Lord, for the Traumatized Life

2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:2–4 (KJV)

One of the hardest things in the world for a believer to do is to be thankful in times of trauma, grief, uncertainty, temptation or trial. No one ever wants to go through such times. But the text is clear: we are to count it all joy when we fall into temptations and trials.

 

The word “divers” opens the door for any kind of temptation. We think of temptation in terms of anger, lust, lying, etc.   The text also speaks of the trying of our faith.  When faith is tested it is on trial and may be tried in the fire to remove the dross, or to refine it for God’s purposes.

 

Paul and Silas found reason to sing praises to God when they were cast into the inner prison (Acts 16:24-25)!  Jesus calls His followers to rejoice and be exceeding glad in times of undeserved/false persecution (Matt 5:11-12).

 

So, thank you Lord for the life traumatized with storm and trial.  Blessed is the name of the Lord in sunshine and in storms. Amen.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Thank You Lord, for the Personalized Life!

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. John 15:1–10 (KJV)

Can there be anything more personalized than the relationship between the vine and the branch?  Does the relationship of a wife and a husband compare with that of the branch and the vine? Or the parent and the child? Nay, not so.  There is a place in which the branch and the vine are connected that it is impossible to know which is which by the human eye.  How wonderful it is for the child of God to be embraced in the eternal infinite in eternal and infinite ways.  Thank You Lord for the personalized life! Amen.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Thank You Lord, for the Justified Life (2)

20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Rom 3:20–26 (KJV)

Thank you, Father that in your omniscient wisdom you were aware that there was nothing that I would ever be able to say or do, or unsay or undo, that would make me worthy of being justified in your holy eyes.   Thank you that my relationship with you as a member of your Forever Family is not based on any efforts of mine to amend for my sins or prove my worthiness to even sweep the floor of your broom closet.

 

I come solely into your good graces because of your grace demonstrated on the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His empty tomb. To God be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Thank You Lord, for the Justified Life

The text does not say we are justified through our faith. That would imply that our faith justified us and would be a justification by works.  That is impossible.  We are not saved by our faith but by the One who we have placed our faith in.  Jesus is His name.

 

He is our justification.

 

 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Rom 3:23–26 (KJV)

Oh, what joy it is to know that before the One Who is the Creator, Saviour, Sustainer, Redeemer, that we are counted as justified! God does not change!  What we have in Him and through Him is settled forever!

 

 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Thank You Lord, for the Sanctified Life!

30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1 Cor 1:30 (KJV)

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor 6:11

13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 2 Thess 2:13

There are numerous texts in the OT (the Age of the Law-Works) in which God’s people are told to sanctify themselves. But there is no place in the NT (The Age of Grace-Faith) in which we are so instructed. All of salvation is a work that is all of God; ours is to believe and receive.

 

Sanctified believers are set apart by God for His original purpose.  That final purpose is complete glorification, to be like Jesus when we shall see Him as He is.  This very morning as we pick up our crosses and follow Christ, we are yielding to His sanctifying grace and purpose.  Amen.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Thank You Lord, for the Glorified Life!

29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Rom 8:26–31 (KJV)

 

He did foreknow, he did predestinate, he called, justified, and GLORIFIED!!! All of this according to the infallible inerrant word of God is already accomplished. It was all set into history and eternity by the sovereign will and omnipotent power of the God of the eternal infinite who is unchanging.

 

If we are saved people, we are glorified right now in the scheme of the eternal purposes of God.  We have not seen Him, and we are not like He is yet; but according the Word of God it is already accomplished.  Positionally we are Holy right now because He is holy. Experientially that fact is only as far away as the sound of the trumpet or the absolute truth of the Word of God Who cannot lie.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Thank You Lord for the Sacrificed Life!

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Rom 12:1–2 (KJV)

 

To be crucified with Christ is to live a life sacrificed into His personality, presence, and purposes.  It is not a gloomy crucifixion of death and sorrow.  It is an immersion into the Holy Eternal. 

 

If you would like a life of great joy, and wonderful purpose you cannot find it in health, wealth, and fame.  It is not found in power, or knowledge. Seek and you find that it is in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

 

A life surrendered to God through the Son, in the unction of the Holy Spirit is more than enough.  But if there was no joy and wonder to be had (which there is) it is enough to present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable God because it is our reasonable service. After all it is, He that made us, we are the sheep of His pasture

Wednesday, November 11, 2020’

Thank You Lord, for the Crucified Life! (3)

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Rom 12:1–2 (KJV)

 

This text is a revelation of crucified living. Here is what it looks like to live a crucified life. We are crucified with Christ, nevertheless we live, yet not us, but Christ lives in us!

 

Does this sound like a hard life? Is it a fearful thing to lay our lives on the altar of God’s will?  Of course not!  It is not hard or dangerous as it is impossible for us to do it. No Christian has ever made himself/herself a living sacrifice. It cannot be done by human willpower.  It is done “by the mercies of God.”  Without Christ we can do nothing. With Him all things are possible.

 

There is no fear in the embrace of our Father’s arms.  There is our comfort, our peace that passes understand, and there is the joy of the Lord that is our strength. Thank You Lord, for the altar of your will. Amen!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Thank You Lord for the Crucified Life (3)

6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Rom 6:6–14 (KJV)

 

Our old man is crucified with Christ.  He died for our sins and we must die to our sins. No Christian is going to live a pure and slnlessly perfect life. But all Christians long for that state when we shall see Him and be as He is.  Those who love their sin have much reason to wonder if they are saved.  The true believer will hate all that is counter to Christ and long for it to be completely eradicated forever.

 

Spurgeon says that the crucifixion of Christ was real, painful, and violent. Those who have been really crucified with Him know pain from their sin. It may bring pleasure for a season, but the end result is terrible. It is a violent crucified life that hammers the nail to the left foot and the right, to the left hand and the right. It is a violent act that nails the mind to the Cross that we might think whatsoever is good and bring the mind into the subjection of Christ alone. It is so violent that we find ourselves unable to hold the hammer and must pray in desperation for Christ to do it for us. Even as we try our best the old man who is dead in his old nature along with his trespasses and sin will try to jump up and twist away from the light and seek to run into the dark.  It is Christ alone who gives grace so that sin shall not have dominion over us. Thank You Lord for the crucified life! Amen!!!

 

 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Thank You Lord for the Crucified Life (2)

6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Rom 6:6–14 (KJV)

 

The old man who is crucified with Christ is dead to sin.  We reckon ourselves crucified with Christ and dead to sin.  Our baptism speaks of our being buried in the likeness of His death and being raised in the likeness of His resurrection.

 

What is this hard saying?  I have been saved for many years, but I’m sitting here typing and not dead at all? Oh! But according to Rom 6:6 I am dead!  My old man/nature is a dead thing, it never was alive, it was dead in its trespasses and sin. On the day I came to Christ in saving faith I began a crucified life.  The old man who is crucified with Christ is dead to sin.  My life now is crucified but it is lived in newness of life!

 

Positionally I am dead, crucified with Christ to all that is/was sin and law.  Experientially I must pick up my cross and die daily to all that is unholy as I follow His Holiness, the Lord Jesus all through the day. Thank You Lord, for the crucified life! Amen!!!

Friday, November 6, 2020

Thank You Lord for the Crucified Life

24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Gal 5:22–26 (KJV)

 

Crucified flesh has nothing to with self-flagellation (extreme criticism of oneself, or the act of hitting yourself with a whip as a way to punish yourself).  Sometimes we may feel like doing that, but the Bible does not teach it.  There is no salvation in repeated acts of hurting oneself. The Gospel provides a better way for the lost and for the saved:

 

For the lost:

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

For the saved:

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

 

So what does the Bible teach about us being crucified in the flesh:

 

6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Rom 6:6–14

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