Enter My Gates With Thanksgiving
ENTER MY GATES WITH THANKSGIVING AND My courts with praise. A thankful heart is a joyful heart, and this is what I want for you. When you neglect the sacrifices of thanksgiving, your soul suffers.
Many of My children who live in impoverished nations are more joyful than Christians in “rich” countries with material abundance. Even the greatest blessings can fail to bring Joy unless they are received with gratitude.
I am training you to thank Me not only for obvious blessings but also for situations you would never have chosen—a wayward child or spouse; loss of health, home, or employment. This is counterintuitive thankfulness, and it is possible only to the extent that you trust Me at a deep level. It is also a matter of self-discipline: willing yourself to thank Me even when your circumstances are screaming at you to find a way out. Though it is wise to look for ways to improve your situation, you cannot force My hand—or My timing. Just keep coming into My Presence with thanksgiving. Your persistent thankfulness may actually provide the long-awaited key I will use to unlock major difficulties in your life. Giving thanks to Me can open doors in ways that transcend your understanding.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.
“You now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.”
~ Sarah Young ~
SATAN’S BILL OF GOODS
But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting,which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
[EPHESIANS 5:3 – 4]
God’s love and the love of His children is forgiving, unconditional, and self-sacrificing, but you can be sure Satan will pervert that. Worldly love is shallow, selfish, sensual, and sexual, and Satan has sold that definition of love to the world.
In contrast to the world’s love, today’s verse concludes by indicating that we are to give thanks. Paul said, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18). When we are thankful for everything, we step outside ourselves, because thanksgiving is directed toward God.
Instead of taking from people, love them in a way that communicates thankfulness. Remember, God’s love is unselfish and thankful, but the world’s love is selfish and thankless.
~ John MacArthur ~
nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
Oh, take this heart that I would give
Forever to be all Thine own;
I to myself no more would live,—
Come, Lord, be Thou my King alone.
~ G. TERSTEEGEN ~
Herein is the work assigned to the individual soul, to have life in itself, to make our sphere, whatever it is, sufficient for a reign of God within ourselves, for a true and full reign of our Father’s abounding spirit,—thankful, unutterably thankful, if with the place and the companionship assigned to us we are permitted to build an earthly tabernacle of grace and goodness and holy love, a home like a temple; but, should this be denied us, resolved for our own souls that God shall reign there, for ourselves at least that we will not, by sin or disobedience or impious distrust, break with our own wills, our filial connection with our Father,—that whether joyful or sorrowing, struggling with the perplexity and foulness of circumstance, or in an atmosphere of peace, whether in dear fellowship or alone, our desire and prayer shall be that God may have in us a realm where His will is law, and where obedience and submission spring, not from calculating prudence or ungodly fear, but from communion of spirit, ever humble aspiration, and ever loving trust.
~ J. H. THOM ~
“Therefore, let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way.”
Today, as I continue to work out my salvation, let me not forget the oath of Christianity, to seek the welfare of my brother above my own. If I do this, I will live my life as an example and not an obstruction to my brother’s way.
The Hour is Late
…it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
What time is it? I’ll tell you. The hour is late. Our nation is, in the words of one cultural observer, “slouching towards Sodom and Gomorrah.” We can no longer sit back comfortably and say, “There’s always been a crisis in the world. Today is no different. Our society will go on, and our country is basically strong.” Those who do so are only kidding themselves.
A friend of mine said that as a young man he had a twelve o’clock curfew. His father told him, “Jerry, you be in by midnight. If not, your hide is mine.” Jerry said he got out with the guys one night and before he knew it, it was almost two in the morning. He said he flew home, quietly unlocked the front door, took off his shoes (I know none of you have ever done this) and began to climb the stairs to his room. As he took his first few steps, his dad’s voice called out, “Jerry, is that you?” He said “Yes, sir, it’s me.” About that time, the cuckoo clock in the hallway began to chime. “Cuckoo! Cuckoo!” Two o’clock. And Jerry said he froze in the hallway and as clearly as he could, he “cuckoo-ed” ten more times! Ladies and gentlemen, we are at a late hour in our history. We are nearer to the coming of our Lord than we have ever been before. His return is the last great event yet to come before the curtain of time is brought down. In this world of darkness, we are to be a light to those around us. God is not fooled about the hour, and His return is certain and irreversible.
~ Dr. Edwin Young ~