Rejoice and Be Glad in Thankfulness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Thanking our God for His abundance upon our lives is a terrific way to begin each and every day. Sometimes we can get so “balled up” when we simply look at the negatives in which we may find ourselves that we can forget to be thankful. However, positive light dispels darkness!

Mark 11:24:
Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Jesus is teaching us to believe that we already have the things we desire even before we actually have them in our possession. To the average person this may sound ridiculous because it is backwards, yet it is the very key to changing our circumstances. “What things soever ye desire” is an open-ended request for exactly whatsoever we need – whatsoever we really want can become ours as we apply positive believing in our prayers and actually make room for things that we pray to receive. If and when we actually believe that we have received our prayers in advance, then the promise is that we shall have them. Changing our attitudes sometimes is the only difference between one who does not receive and one who receives.

Psalms 118:24: This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Recognizing that today is a miracle, that God created the very air we are breathing, that today is the day that God made for us to enjoy our lives, will cause our hearts to bubble over with thankfulness experientially and we “will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalms 118:28–29:
-28: Thou art my God {this is confessing our trust in God}, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
-29: O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

There is a wonderful Psalm of David’s written in I Chronicles, and I would like to share some of it with you from the Amplified Bible, where David is being so thankful because he recognizes that being positive is a great way to enjoy this day and every day.

I Chronicles 16:7–9, 30–36 (The Amplified Bible): *
-7: Then on that day David first entrusted to Asaph and his brethren the singing of thanks to the Lord [as their chief task]:
-8: O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known His doings among the peoples!
-9: Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His wondrous works and devoutly praise them!
– 30: Tremble and reverently fear before Him {highly respect God}, all the earth’s peoples; the world also shall be established, so it cannot be moved.
-31: Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice {let the angels of heaven be glad, and let the people of the earth rejoice}; and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigns!
-32: Let the sea roar, and all the things that fill it; let the fields rejoice, and all that is in them.
-33: Then shall the trees of the wood sing out for joy before the Lord, for He comes to judge and govern the earth.
-34: O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!
-35: And say, Save us, O God of our salvation; gather us together and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy name {in everything your name represents} and glory in Your praise {of us}.
-36: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel {Israel means the beloved of God, as we are in I John 3:1–2}, forever and ever! And all the people said Amen! and praised the Lord.

So today, please Rejoice and be Glad in Thankfulness!

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

Giving in Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I wanted to share a little with you about giving with the heart of love, whether it is to your local Church (where your spiritual needs are being met), or if you are so inspired to give to a religious organization or a worthy cause. Giving for the Christian believer is first and foremost meant to build a special union between you (as an individual) and God (as your sufficiency), and is the beginning of a love-based relationship built on trust with the Creator.

God always looks at your heart (I Samuel 16:17), and He is thrilled when the heart of giving is inspired from an overall understanding of His healing Word and will.

Giving is a spiritual principle that enables the giver to receive. Many non-Christian people have used the universal principle of giving and receiving, and because the power in giving always works when applied — anyone can receive. However, only the Christian believer partners with the creator of the principle. Giving and receiving are part of the natural flow of life, and God as our Father can inspire us in love to further benefit our lives and the lives of those our gifts touch.

Today in God’s grace, each believer is encouraged to give out of having a spiritual mindset and inner heart’s desire to do so, but again I would like to remind you that giving is not a commandment but a free will offering. God will always love you regardless of whether or not you give, because God’s love to you is completely unconditional.

As giving is always between you and God, receiving is always between God and you, for He gives you free access to the throne of His grace to help you in time of need (Hebrews 4:16, Romans 5:1-2).

II Corinthians 8:12:
For if there be first a willing mind {in regards to giving} it is accepted {by God} according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

Over time, the following phrases heard – either spoken out loud or to ourselves, can strip us of the heart’s inner joys in giving with a willing mind, “you have to give” or “you must give” or “you need to give.” We were bought with a price; all debts are completely paid for by the life and blood of Jesus himself (I Corinthians 6:20; 7:23). We now eternally belong to God because of the completed work of our Savior that was initially for us, and now that we are saved the completed work of Christ is eternally in us (Colossians 1:27).

Romans 13:8:
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled {all} the law.

According to the Bible, we owe only one thing and that is love. God’s Word encourages us to love one another. We currently belong to God and have His love in our hearts (Romans 5:5).

Giving God’s love is the greatest way to return our thanks to God in thankfulness for our eternal life, and in thankfulness for all that our Savior did for us. Giving can become a tremendous blessing that enhances our spiritual quality of life, for giving gives to men and women a supernatural inlet and an outlet of tangible proofs that God is truly our sufficiency (II Corinthians 3:5).

Within the framework of love, God Himself can show us how to give of our time, and of our resources and talents, and give out of our abundance, and this indeed will give the greatest effect in places of need.

Giving from the heart of God’s love will always be a blessing, and because free will giving is within the spiritual boundaries of God’s love, the rewards will be freely returned in super abundance, and we will know that we are truly blessed of our Creator.

Ecclesiastes – Revealing Our Duty

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Ecclesiastes is really written to men and women who think with their hearts, who have had the deepest desire to understand and walk with God. David’s tenth son, Solomon, the second child born to Bath-sheba wrote Ecclesiastes.  He was the richest man in the Bible.  Solomon was also someone whom God greatly loved.

In I Chronicles chapter 1, God asked Solomon what he wanted, and God would give it to him. Solomon only asked for wisdom and knowledge, and because he didn’t ask for riches God gave to him both riches in extraordinary amounts of abundance, and wisdom with the knowledge to apply the wisdom of God.

There were many times that Solomon disobeyed God’s Word and did what he felt like doing, yet towards the end of his days he again began searching and finding his God because he found his Savior Christ in the Scriptures.

In Ecclesiastes, as Solomon looks back upon his life and reflects on all that he knew, all that he did, and all that he had, he finally came to the conclusion that without Christ and God in his life ─ life itself was just not exciting.

In Ecclesiastes he writes of the heart of the matter, finding reason and purpose to life itself, and today we will see the conclusion of all that Solomon’s wisdom had discovered:

Ecclesiastes 12:13 – Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

“Fear God” is a term that some people use to imply that without being genuinely fearful of God, His wrath and vengeance, then they say that God cannot and will not bless the believer’s life. Yet this is totally untrue, God always loves us.  The word “fear” means to have respect, to give reverence with honor to God. Never does God want His children to be afraid of Him for any reason whatsoever!

When we look to Jesus Christ as the way to the Father, he can teach us how to genuinely love God without fear. He said in John 14:31, “But that the world may know that I love the Father.” Jesus wanted us to know by his example that he also loved, and he knows how to not only love, but also he knows how to teach us how to love and respect our heavenly Father.

Then verse 13 says, “and keep his commandments.” Again as we look to Jesus we see that in Matthew 22:37-38, Jesus combines all the Laws and commandments into two and the two are to love God and our neighbor as ourselves, and without knowing Christ we would become totally burnt out trying to keep all of God’s commandments. However, when we walk in love toward God and our fellow man, then we can only be pleasing to God.

Thirdly the verse says “for this is the whole duty of man,” this is not some of the duty, not the best part of our duty, but our only duty is to love and respect God, and walk in love.

There was a time in Solomon’s life that he refused God’s instruction, and misinterpreted the Word of God, and as a result of that he lost his duty to God.  Solomon spent years contemplating the essence of life without God, yet when he again began looking to Christ, he found his way and finally recognized his duty and began enjoying life again.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He {God} hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world {the ages} in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning {of the ages} to the end {of the ages}.

God gave man the heart to quest and realize that there is a spiritual force and power behind life (Romans 1:20), yet that force (Who is God) is just out of man’s reach until he comes to know his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. John 1:17 teaches us that “the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he {the Son} hath declared him.

Jesus Christ’s mission has always been to make known God (to know Him Who was in the beginning of the ages) and he assures us that (in the end of the ages), our final resting place will be eternally with our heavenly Father.

Romans 11:33-36 teaches us that man of his own abilities cannot discover God’s judgments, nor His true ways, nor can he fully know God’s thoughts or be His counsellor. But when Jesus Christ comes into our hearts and lives, we can put on in our minds the thoughts of Christ who in turn reveals the Father. I Corinthians 2:16 reads, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? {The answer is no one can.} But we have the mind of Christ.”

When we put on the mind of Christ by putting on God’s Word, then we will receive the “mind of Christ,” and his mind gives understanding to us so that we may discover our true duty before God.

To honor, respect, and love Him and to love our fellow man. This is the only heartfelt conclusion to life that we have in Jesus Christ and this is what will satisfy the believer’s inner quest for true spirituality.

The Purpose for Receiving the Grace of God

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ– I Corinthians 1:4. Each time Paul thought of his fellow believers throughout the day – he thanked God for the free and open access to God that they had (and we have) made available to all of us by the grace of God through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Grace means, God’s divine favor given to us with the abundance of His spiritual blessings, and these blessings are truly unmerited, undeserved, and unlimited. This grace is from God Himself and is given to men and women by (or on account of) Jesus Christ, by his own sacrifice on our behalf. I Corinthians 1:5 continues, That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge. The purpose for receiving the grace of God is to enrich our lives, therefore, I thank my God!” ~LMJ~

The Energy of Love (Loves to Believe to Receive to Enjoy, with Enthusiastic Energy)

“In Galatians 5:6 we read, faith worketh by love; faith makes available the things that God has given to us in His Word. The word faith means believing, and the word worketh means to energize. In other words; believing is energized and works properly by one thing and one thing only, and that is love – the love of God. God’s love in manifestation energizes our believing, and believing appropriates the promises of God, bringing them into focus, so that we may love to believe to receive to enjoy, with enthusiastic energy. When you are first a lover, God’s love will effortlessly energize your believing, and your believing will open to you the abundance in God’s healing Word.”  ~LMJ~