Proverbs 24: 3-4 ” By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”

When two people say “I do” the House is established…the family is started. And if they allow the Lord’s wisdom and understanding to flow within those walls…His purpose and plan for them will be accomplished, as they seek Him first.

I Thessalonians 3:9 ” How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?”

I truly do thank the Lord for each and every one of you that read this Daily Devotional. Because of you, I have the opportunity to not only spend quality time with the Lord, but then share what He’s given me to you. When you spend a few minutes reading God’s Word each day, it will color your entire day with His love, wisdom and compassion…and my joy will be complete. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you have blessed me beyond belief! God Bless!

Philippians 4:6 “…But in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Genuine gratitude…not because you have to…not because it’s expected of you…not because you feel you need to. Being grateful starts with what’s within your heart and spills out onto others…it’s not showy or pretentious…rather, it’s humble and pure, expressing thankfulness to your Lord and others.

I Corinthians 10:16 ” Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?”

Holy Communion is the ultimate expression of thankfulness for any Believer. Thank you Lord for dying in my place on that cross…Thank you for saving a wretched sinner such as I…Thank you for Your guidance and protection everyday…Thank you Lord for Your love.

Psalm 96:2 ” Let us come before Him with thanksgiving…”

Thankfulness…something you might not see a whole lot of…either from yourself, from others around you. In this hurried and self-absorbed world we have to consciously make a habit of being thankful…to our Creator and others. Try an experiment this week…practice thankfulness in every realm of your life and see if it doesn’t change your outlook on everything.

Having a child-like faith

Years ago the Doctor found a tennis-ball size mass in my lower abdomen during a routine physical. He wanted to do an ultrasound immediately, but I wanted to get prayed over first, so I scheduled it for the next week. The High school group at our church prayed for people every Sunday night, and I wanted those young kids and their unshakable faith to pray over me. That Sunday night I explained what the Doctor had found…and they were like, “No problem, our God is able!” Long story, short…the Ultrasound Tech could find nothing, and later that day the Doctor called me, scratching his head as to how that mass had disappeared…I knew!

Psalm 142:7 ” Set me free from my prison, that I may praise Your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of Your goodness to me.”

John 8:36 quotes Jesus saying, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” We have been set free from the chains of sin that once bound us. We have been brought out of our dark, dank cell into the brilliant sunlight of freedom…and in that wonderful brightness we will rejoice and praise Him forever.

II Corinthians 1:21-22 ” Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

You are marked and set apart by God. His signet ring seal is on you…forever chosen as a place for the Holy Spirit to reside…the Holy Spirit being His down payment for your eternal joy to come.

Deuteronomy 1:21 ” See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

We pray and beech the Lord for something, but when it finally happens, we’re fearful and won’t move when the Lord says, “Go!” Suddenly, we’re second guessing God, and getting cold feet, when we should be shouting a victory cry and taking possession of our inheritance.

James 1:13 ” When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone…”

When we are enticed by evil, it’s always focused at our weaknesses…those things that have entangled us in the past. Our own foolishness will certainly our ruin… thinking we can’t be seduced by something that controlled us in the past. But nor can we blame God for our predicament…He is not only incapable of being tempted Himself, but He will never test us with evil.

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