Heavenly Father, my refuge, our refuge, always. Bless all who gather in Your presence, in Your name, whether in their secret places alone, as a husband and wife, or as a group in fellowship – all those who turn to You in distress, not only in our personal needs but also the distress of the countries and people of the world. Help us, Your children, with faith as small as a mustard seed, give us strength to go on working, for Your glory, even when life is bitterly hard. Thank you for giving us your undeserved grace, for never forsaking us, so that we can find joy in all circumstances and praise you, Lord. May Your name be praised by us here on earth right through to the heavens above. May your name be praised by all the people of the world, and may we all acknowledge You and receive all that we need from You. Lord, You are our dwelling place now and always, our everlasting faithful God. In Jesus Name, Amen.
A short post today as most times a picture says a thousand words – The Holy Trinity!
The Holy Trinity is God the Lion
The Holy Trinity is the Lamb of God
The Holy Trinity is a white dove
Powerful pictures of the Holy Trinity
Living a life with a thankful heart, a life filled with gratitude is the way of life that Christ commands of his followers. Christ defeated sin and continues to preserve good through us.
Philippians 2:12-15 NIV
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
Psalm 28:7 NIV
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
Being Thankful Defeats Sin
Our relationship with God before sin entered the world resembled a position of upright assurance. We stood without shame before God. All our affections were aimed directly at the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), and we were perfectly fulfilled. When we chose to sin and gave into the belief that God and his commands “are not enough,” that desires of the flesh such as immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing and other such things (Galatians 5:19-21) are more important than God, we no longer aim in attitude toward God, but we bend toward the world to find confirmation and acceptance. Paul speaks of those who are without Christ; “they are crooked and twisted” (Philippians 2:12-15).
The right medicine
What is the remedy to this sinfulness? Philippians 2 tells us how to become blameless, pure and without blemish even amidst our sinful desires and fallen world. Paul tells us to “do everything without grumbling or arguing.” In other words, be thankful. Paul tells us that being thankful will cause us to “shine like stars in the sky.”
Our world is trapped up in entitlement, greed, pride, power struggles, envy and lust and therefore we are always unhappy and dissatisfied with our lives. We are just like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We think we deserve more, to be gods ourselves. Therefore, we are on an endless pursuit to control our own lives, and the reason we are never satisfied, and view all those that stand in the way of our satisfaction as enemies, is because we will not allow ourselves to be happy until we have it all. As a result, we are bound in unhappiness. Wallowing in our own pride and self-pity, constantly chasing after shadows.
Being thankful must be your lifestyle. If you’re struggling with sin in any way today, it’s a worship (thankfulness) problem, you’re worshiping yourself, someone, or something over and above God. The only way to defeat sin is to transfer your worship to God. It takes your focus off your deceiving need and places your gaze upon the King.
We need to remember the words of the Psalmist when he says that the Lord is your strength and your shield; put your trust in Him and He will help you. Your heart will leap for joy, and you will worship Him in song.
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