For those of you who decide to celebrate Thanksgiving, take time to remember and give thanks to God for providing and protecting and loving you. Remember to pray for those who have yet to experience the awesomeness of God or those who may have rejected them, that they may come back to Christ in time to for the gift of salvation.
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-23 “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Jesus means “Savior”. Pastor Charles has been speaking to us from John 3:16. The Bible says in John 3:
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
In our praise, let us always reverence the Name of Jesus and the meaning and power behind it. He is the Son of God who was sent not to condemn the world, but to save it! And all we have to do is believe and come into the light of that salvation. Selah!
The song says:
“Whatever state I find myself in
I learn how to be secure
Knowing that God
Will supply all my need
And it works out for my good”
The Bible says:
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
No matter your circumstance, remember God is in control and we should praise Him through the good times and the tough times. Because it will all work out for your good! It will get BETTER. Selah!
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This song opens up with a question of what God sees in us. How can God see what goes in our lives and in our minds, and still love us? How can we make mistake after mistake, and He will forgive us? How can we face judgement on a daily basis from the those around us who we do see, but have faith that God sees beyond that?
You are filthy and unworthy of the love of God. You have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, you don’t deserve love. You got yourself in your situation and God is not going to rescue you. You are depressed. You are poor. You are a liar. You have little faith! These are the lies the Devil tells us, but the Bible says:
1 John 3:1 “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”
1 Peter 2:9 “But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”
Ephesians 1:4-5 “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will”
Romans 8:29-30 ”
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”
Matthew 26:28 ” for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
This song reminds us of a powerful truth: “Not one mistake can undo grace. Your love is forever.” No matter what lies the Devil is filling your head with, remember the God you serve is already victorious over death and sin, that salvation is a gift freely given and that God is waiting with open arms! Praise God for all He has done and know that your worst days are behind you, all things will only get better! Selah.
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Everything. This song is an anthem for the true believer.
What is your commitment level to God? He is fully committed to you, with arms wide open He is always there to comfort us. His glory is great and His grace and mercy is sufficient for us. Jesus came to earth and executed the ultimate mission for our salvation. God is continuously operating in His power and purpose.
Our purpose as followers and believers is to worship Him.
The bible says:
Isaiah 43:7:”Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
Revelation 4:11:“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Hebrews 13:15:”Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
Romans 12:1: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
How many of us give God everything? How many of us can truly say that in everything we do, in our praise and worship, in prayer, in our daily lives, that we give EVERYTHING to God? Every Sunday, do you worship God in Spirit and in Truth? Do you pray continuously? Do you reflect on yourself to make sure you are doing these things? Do you have someone you are accountable too?
Today, let us this song inspire you to give more of yourself to Him, and see what God will do. Selah!
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This worship song is a reworking of Psalm 23, which we all know:
“The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord. Forever.”
In times of loneliness, let us remember that the Lord is indeed our shephard and ever present help, our comforter in times of distress. He is with us forever and His Holy Spirit has been sent to dwell with us here on earth always. We can find peace in the knowledge that God is always with us and we have a reason to sing hallelujah to our Father who art in Heaven, but never leaves us alone. He is our comfort, He always holds us close. Hallelujah!
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Let us never forget in our praise that God is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. He is the King of Glory and His majesty reign over everything. Not just the earth, but the heavens and over all of time, from the beginning to the end. This song reminds us not only of God’s great glory but that we are commanded to praise Him always and pray without ceasing. When you think of all the wonders of God, it should be a natural response to worship Him. Sometimes we get to a place where we forget to put God first, but setting aside personal time every day to incorporate worship in your life is a sure way to keep Jesus at the forefront. Psalm 24 says:
“A Psalm of David.
24 The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
2 For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the [a]waters.
3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face. Selah
7 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory. Selah”
David entreats us to remember that it is he who has clean hands and pure heart, who is not worshipping an idol in God’s place, that is the man who shall ascend to the throne with Jesus. Don’t you want to be in that place? Don’t you want to be of Jacob’s generation? Then let us never forget who God is and always put the King of Glory first. Amen.
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We all know David was a serious worshipper. David said:
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!” – I Chronicles 16-31-34
Let us take moments today to remember the greatness of God, and praise Him for all that He is to us. Thank you, God for being our provider, for being with us, for being our shelter, for being our peace. Thank you, Jesus, for being our salvation! Let us take time today and praise Him as the song says, in spirit and in truth. Selah!
This song is short and simple:
“Falling on my knees I bow, bow down…..I can see clearly now, here on my knees.”
The purpose of worship is to align your heart, mind, body, and spirit in the presence of God. Why is this important? Because we don’t know everything. We can’t see the future. At times we think we’ve got everything all figured out just to have life slap us in the face and tell us to think again.
But we are not ordinary people. We are the children of God. We are the salt of the earth. We must worship in that identity and humble ourselves to a spiritual posture of worship that is submissive to the will and understanding of God.
We are not meant to figure everything out on our own. The Bible says:
Proverbs 3:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall [a] direct your paths.
Some things you’re not going to see clearly or understand fully until you give it all to God. Take a few minutes today to worship God and put yourself in a position to receive what He has for you.
This song has a follow up which also works to usher in an atmosphere of worship:
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