Jesus Today

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.

[Psalm 100:4–5]

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.

[Psalm 107:21–22]

“You now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.”

[John 16:22]

~ Sarah Young ~


Truth For Today


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 ~

Strength Today

nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

[Luke 17:21]

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.


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 ~

Evening Devotional

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.

[ROMANS 13:11]

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 ~

Live Loved

Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.

[2 Corinthians 1:10-11]

God's Finest Work

Peter and his fellow storm riders knew they were in trouble. “But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary” (Matthew 14:24).

What should have been a sixty-minute cruise became a nightlong battle. The boat lurched and lunged like a kite in a March wind. Sunlight was a distant memory. Rain fell from the night sky in buckets. Lightning sliced the blackness with a silver sword. Winds whipped the sails, leaving the disciples “in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves.” Apt description, perhaps, for your stage in life? Perhaps all we need to do is substitute a couple of nouns…

In the middle of a divorce, tossed about by guilt.

In the middle of debt, tossed about by creditors.

In the middle of a recession, tossed about by stimulus packages and bailouts.

The disciples fought the storm for nine cold, skin-drenching hours. And about 4:00 a.m., the unspeakable happened. They spotted someone coming on the water. “‘A ghost!’ they said, crying out in terror” (Matthew 14:26).

They didn’t expect Jesus to come to them this way.

Neither do we. We expect him to come in the form of peaceful hymns or Easter Sundays or quiet retreats. We expect to find Jesus in morning devotionals, church suppers, and meditation. We never expect to see him in a bear market, pink slip, lawsuit, foreclosure, or war. We never expect to see him in a storm. But it is in storms that he does his finest work, for it is in storms that he has our keenest attention.



We cannot control the storms of life, but we can control where we look in the storm. We choose to look to you. We choose to see you in the middle of our heartbreaks and health crises. When we are tossed about by the trials and temptations of life, remind us not to be overwhelmed by fear and doubt, but to look for your calming presence,


Who would not fear You, O King of the nations? For this is Your rightful due. For among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like You.

[Jeremiah 10:7]

My soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge.

[Psalm 57:1]

Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

[Ephesians 6:10]

~ Max Lucado ~

Strength Today

Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you your sins.”

[Mark 11:25-26]


’Tis not enough to weep my sins,

’Tis but one step to heaven:—

When I am kind to others,—then

I know myself forgiven.

~ F. W. FABER ~

Every relation to mankind, of hate or scorn or neglect, is full of vexation and torment. There is nothing to do with men but to love them; to contemplate their virtues with admiration, their faults with pity and forbearance, and their injuries with forgiveness. Task all the ingenuity of your mind to devise some other thing, but you never can find it. To hate your adversary will not help you; to kill him will not help you; nothing within the compass of the universe can help you, but to love him. But let that love flow out upon all around you, and what could harm you? How many a knot of mystery and misunderstanding would be untied by one word spoken in simple and confiding truth of heart! How many a solitary place would be made glad if love were there; and how many a dark dwelling would be filled with light!


Jesus Today

Let My Unfailing Love Be Your Comfort

LET MY UNFAILING LOVE BE YOUR COMFORT. Something that brings you comfort should be dependable, and My Love will never fail you. My soothing Presence is always with you, but to receive the full benefits of this blessing, you need to trust Me wholeheartedly. Comfort is not only for your blessing but for your empowerment. When you feel secure in My Love, you are strengthened—and able to do the things I've prepared for you to do.

Love and comfort go together ever so naturally. When a small child needs comforting, the best remedy is often soothing words and a gentle kiss. Young children instinctively turn to their parents in such times of need, and you do well to learn from their example. When you are hurting, come to Me for comfort. Rest in Me, My child, and enjoy the gentle kiss of My Presence. Listen to Me as I rejoice over you with singing. To benefit fully from My comforting words, memorize scriptures that will assure you of My Love. Remember: I love you always—with an everlasting Love.

May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.

[Psalm 119:76]

The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

[Zephaniah 3:17]

The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

[Jeremiah 31:3]

~ Sarah Young ~