Think & Thanks

When I think about the things that God has done for me and in my life, I can’t help but give thanks to Him. He is the Source of all good things. He is the Creator and Sustainer of Life & I should be so thankful.  The problem comes when I don’t think about Him. I take for granted that He’s there and He’s multi-tasking behind the scenes. I must think about these things because when I think about these things, I begin to be thankful.  Check this out….

1 Thank the Lord because he is good.
       His love continues forever.
 2 That is what those whom the Lord has saved should say.
       He has saved them from the enemy
 3 and has gathered them from other lands,
       from east and west, north and south.
 4 Some people had wandered in the desert lands.
       They found no city in which to live.
 5 They were hungry and thirsty,
       and they were discouraged.
 6 In their misery they cried out to the Lord,
       and he saved them from their troubles.
 7 He led them on a straight road
       to a city where they could live.
 8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his love
       and for the miracles he does for people.
43 Whoever is wise will remember these things
       and will think about the love of the Lord. (Psalm 107:1-8; 43 NCV)

I want to think about the Lord and what He means in my life. When I think about Him, my heart begins to be thankful for Him and His Presence. I need His help to avoid going to Sin City and Death Valley.  I need to run after Him and away from the enticements of the evil one.  I need to think about the times I’ve cried out to God and He heard me and rescued me.  I will be wise to think about Him and then thank Him for all He has done and is doing in my life.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Forget

I think the older I get the more things slip my mind. I have this handy little app called Evernote and I try to put notes in there to remind me of the checklist of things I need to do. I also have a great calendar app to help me remember appointments and special events that I have scheduled. Forgetting stuff is not usually a good thing for me. I sometimes forget how good God is and I need reminded. As I read the scripture of the history of Israel, God’s chosen people, I see them forgetting the amazing things He’s done for them. Check this out….

6 We have sinned just as our ancestors did.
       We have done wrong; we have done evil.
 7 Our ancestors in Egypt
       did not learn from your miracles.
    They did not remember all your kindnesses,
       so they turned against you at the Red Sea.
 8 But the Lord saved them for his own sake,
       to show his great power. (Psalm 106:6-8 NCV)

The Lord saved them at the Red Sea by drying it up and letting them walk through like it was dry land. When Pharaoh and the Egyptians tried to cross the sea to capture Israel, God closed the sea around them destroying Pharaoh’s army.

12 Then the people believed what the Lord said,
       and they sang praises to him.
 13 But they quickly forgot what he had done;
       they did not wait for his advice. (Psalm 106:12-13 NCV)
 19 The people made a gold calf at Mount Sinai
       and worshiped a metal statue.
 20 They exchanged their glorious God
       for a statue of a bull that eats grass.
 21 They forgot the God who saved them,
       who had done great things in Egypt,
 22 who had done miracles in Egypt
       and amazing things by the Red Sea. (Psalm 106:19-22 NCV)

It would be so easy for me to be a bit judgmental on the Israelites at this point, but as I look deeper into my life, I realize that I sometimes life the same way. I allow sin to enter my life and I forget God and the amazing things He’s been doing in me and through me. I forget His Power. I forget His mercy. I forget His grace. I’m not sure how this happens because He’s never once let me down. I need His Spirit to awaken my memory of Who He is and What He’s doing in me!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

New House Has Almost Enough Rooms (Funny)

When the Jones family moved into their new house, a visiting relative asked five-year-old Sammy how he liked the new place.

“It’s terrific,” he said.

“I have my own room, Mike has his own room, and Jamie has her own room.

But poor Mom is still in with Dad.”

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Have a blessed day!

Dwayne

Depend

This word jumps out to me as an attribute of God. It means, to rely upon or be controlled or determined by someone or something.  As I read scripture, I’m reminded that this is fundamental to my journey with the Lord. I must learn to depend more on Him or guidance and provision. He is faithful and consistent and will not let me down. He is the Leader of leaders.  The Psalmist reminded me to depend on Him. Check this out…

 1 Give thanks to the Lord and pray to him.
       Tell the nations what he has done.
 2 Sing to him; sing praises to him.
       Tell about all his miracles.
 3 Be glad that you are his;
       let those who seek the Lord be happy.
 4 Depend on the Lord and his strength;
       always go to him for help.
 5 Remember the miracles he has done;
       remember his wonders and his decisions. (Psalm 105:1-5 NCV)

The word Depend and Deep End are different because of the one letter “e”.  If  I want grow deeper in my faith, I must depend upon God.

Our country celebrates our independence every year on July 4. As a believer, I should celebrate my dependence each and every day of my life – not just once each year.

I can count on God to do what He says He will do. He will not leave me or forsake me. He will not let me down. He is strong. He is consistent. He is faithful. He is creative. He is dependable!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

PTL!

I remember when the PTL club was in it’s “hay day” taking donations from people in the name of the Lord and lavishly spending on themselves. It was a huge embarrassment to the church and put TV preachers is such a bad light. In fact people quit using the acronym, PTL.  I think it’s a shame to let the evil one win at things like this. I want to bring PTL back out in the open.  I want to Praise The Lord (PTL) for Who He is and the work He’s doing in my heart!  The Psalmist would probably agree. Check this out…

1 My whole being, praise the Lord.
       Lord my God, you are very great.
    You are clothed with glory and majesty;
 2 you wear light like a robe.
    You stretch out the skies like a tent.
 3 You build your room above the clouds.
    You make the clouds your chariot,
       and you ride on the wings of the wind.
 31 May the glory of the Lord be forever.
       May the Lord enjoy what he has made.
 32 He just looks at the earth, and it shakes.
       He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
 33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
       I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.
 34 May my thoughts please him;
       I am happy in the Lord. (Psalm 104:1-3; 31-34 NCV)

Today is a good day to praise the Lord! I can see His handiwork in all of creation. I can see His work in my heart and in my life! He is so Powerful, yet so Gentle. He is over everything and yet He cares what is happening with me.  I love the song penned by Martin Smith and the band Delirious….

I could sin of Your love forever!
Over the mountains and the sea
Your river runs with love for me
And I will open up my heart
And let the Healer set me free
I’m happy to be in the truth
And I will daily lift my hands
For I will always sing of
Of when Your love came down
I could sing of Your love forever!
 
Pressing On!
Dwayne 

R & P

I think sometime the sequential order of things is important. I believe that respect for God leads to praising Him for Who He is and what He has done.  I believe that respect is very basic to my understanding of Him. I believe respect is a healthy attribute to my personality and my character.   I love this Psalm because it speaks to both respect and praise.  Check this out….

1. All that I am, praise the Lord;
       everything in me, praise his holy name.
 2 My whole being, praise the Lord
       and do not forget all his kindnesses.
 3 He forgives all my sins
       and heals all my diseases.
 4 He saves my life from the grave
       and loads me with love and mercy.
 5 He satisfies me with good things
       and makes me young again, like the eagle.
 11 As high as the sky is above the earth,
       so great is his love for those who respect him.
 12 He has taken our sins away from us
       as far as the east is from west. (Psalm 103:1-5;11-12 NCV) 

Respect for God leads me to praise Him for Who He is and what He has done in my life. I can’t even imagine my life without Him. He is integral to shaping my view of everything that happens in my journey. He welcomes me in spite of my imperfections and flaws. He had removed my sins from me and had loaded me up with love and mercy.  There are not enough words to adequately say or write all that He has done and keeps doing for me. I respect Him from every fiber of my being and I want to praise Him with every one of those fibers of my being!  I respect God & I praise Him for Who He is and What He has done!

Pressing On!
Dwayne