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.

Rejoice and Be Glad in Salvation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In Habakkuk 3, we see the subject is on struggling through days of trouble and hardship, not unlike today when at times things may not seem perfect. Yet even when times are rough, our God can give to us rejoicing and gladness in knowing that we also have salvation, just as He did for the Old Testament believers.

God is always with us; we only need to trust in Him. Did you know that when you become saved by confessing Romans 10:9–10 that you are saved even today? It is true, even today, we are already on the journey of eternity, and we may enjoy living with the knowledge that we will live throughout eternity.

Habakkuk 3:18–19a:
-18: Yet {through difficult times} I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. {Whenever life seems too difficult, a wonderful key is to look to our God through Christ rather than focusing even more negative attention upon a currently awful situation.}
-19a: The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make {cause} me to walk upon mine high places . . .

A hind is a mother deer that first checks the rocky cliffs with her front feet to insure that her back feet will land safely on solid ground. This is the promise to believers: our God can watch our steps like the hind, so that even through a difficult time we do not fall. Thus, the lesson here is to still rejoice in the LORD through a difficult time and we will be brought to our high places, to the place where the desire of our hearts will take us. And now, God in Christ in us is like that hind, checking our steps before we ever walk into danger and placing our steps on firm ground, up on high.

Psalms 37:4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Galatians 6:9: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

We can dispel darkness by focusing of the light of God’s Word, rather than on a current dark event. In Philippians 4:12–13, Paul taught that whether he had to endure lean times or times of abundance in his life he always looked to God and the strength that his Savior Jesus Christ gave him, just as Christ strengthens us today and we are blessed.

 Matthew 5:11–12:
-11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
-12: Rejoice and be exceeding glad {and this is why}: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Well, we certainly are in good company! And God gives us great expectation of receiving a great reward in heaven, for looking to Him and confessing His healing Word.

Psalms 40:16–17:
-16: Let all those that seek thee {God} rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually: The LORD be magnified.
-17: But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me {Can you imagine, you are upon His mind and in His thinking, see: Jeremiah 29:11.}: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying {come to my aid speedily}, O my God.

As the Psalmist prayed for God’s speedy deliverance, so can we, and we can be assured that God hears our requests (Philippians 4:6–8). Our God truly loves us; we are forever in His thoughts. He has given to us salvation, today, in the here and now to comfort our souls through life’s difficult times. He is with us, so:  Rejoice and be glad in His salvation.

Knowing the Praise of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 4:5:
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of {from} God.

This verse reveals one of the most amazing truths that I have ever known. When Christ returns for us “then shall every man have praise of God.” The word “of” is the Greek proposition apo meaning from. I once used to be afraid of the end, when judgments and condemnations were supposed to take place because I thought that the pit of hell was my destination. However, when I read this verse some years ago I was totally blown away. For in that great and glorious day when Christ returns, we Christians will have actual praise from God! Some Christians today (not understanding the Scriptures) are still fearful of the wrath of God and His judgments. However, and thankfully according to the Bible, we have been delivered from the wrath to come.

I Thessalonians 1:10:
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Praise God! We can become so thankful for Christ, and all that he has done for us, and for the wonderful hope of our future to be able to stand with Christ Jesus at the right hand of the Lord our God receiving His actual praise. He is our righteous Father, and He is Spirit, and He is Light, and He is Love. We can walk with the Lord our God in a loving relationship that indeed dispels all our fears, as we continue walking in the spirit, in the light, and in the love of His own glory.

Ephesians 1:13-14:
-13: In whom {Christ} ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
-14: Which {holy spirit of promise} is the earnest of our inheritance {it is a token and guarantee of so much more to come} until the redemption of the purchased possession {that’s you}, unto the praise of his glory.

Not only will we receive the praise of God, but also the praise of God’s own glory is upon our very lives today! The reason why is because we believed the Gospel of our salvation (period)! In our families, we have many rights and privileges handed down to us by our fathers; it is the same with our heavenly Father. He has graciously allowed us to walk in the praise of His own glory for us.

Philippians 1:11:
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness {another privilege}, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

Righteousness means to be able to stand before our heavenly Father without fear or condemnation, and when we live fearlessly in righteousness, we will be delivering up to God glory and praise. Understanding God and His Word is certainly a wonderful thing. I pray that you have a magnificent day living and enjoying all the fruits of your righteousness that the completed work of your Savior, Jesus Christ made available to you.

God Is Light

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 I John 1:5:
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

What a divine message this is to declare to the children of God, that “God is light,” and in Him there is no darkness at all! Growing up I thought that God brought harm to His children when they made mistakes. Nevertheless, if this were true, then there certainly would be darkness in Him; however, and thankfully our “God is light,” and He is the essence of life, energy, and creation.

Ephesians 5:8:
For ye were sometimes {in} darkness {before salvation}, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

In our last study, we saw that “God is Spirit,” and we were encouraged in the Scriptures to walk in the spirit, and now we see that “God is light” and we are encouraged to walk as children of light. When we walk in the light of God’s Word, we indeed walk in God Who is light!

I Thessalonians 5:5a:
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: . . .

Indeed, we are “the children of light, and the children of the day.” “Children of the day” is a description of us today, for every day we are now and always will be God’s precious children. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God” declares the message in I John 3:2, because it is so. Even though sometimes you might think – “I’m more like a child of the night,” remember that there is nothing that you could do so wrong that you were no longer your earthly mother and father’s son or daughter – the same is true of us as God’s precious family.

James 1:17-18:
-17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above {from God}, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. {Because God emanates light from every direction leaving no shadow, thus, “in Him is no darkness at all.”}
-18: Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures {creation}.

Isn’t the Word of God so inspiring? We were “begat” (or begotten), meaning that we are born into God’s light, and into His very own household (Ephesians 2:19), and we verify this throughout “the word of truth.” The more we discover the “Father of lights,” the more light is introduced into our lives allowing us to see the treasure we are and illuminating the treasures we truly have in Christ.

When walking in the light one can discover the warmth of the Father’s eternal embrace, for as God is light, so are you in this world!

Treasures of the Heart

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

As we have been reviewing, I and II Corinthians are clearly a treasure chest of knowledge and wisdom of God’s loving heart. It is ironic to me that the Epistles of Corinthians have received such a bad rap through the years to the point that these two Epistles are the most rejected and scorned of all the Epistles in the Word of God. Corinthians contain so much wondrous truth, and believe me when I say that we (including anyone who has researched the Scriptures) have just begun to scratch the surface in our quest for the treasures of God’s wonderful Word. I sincerely pray that the Bible bytes regarding Corinthians have helped your understanding God to a much greater degree.

You may notice when you are reading from the Epistles that many of the verses appear to be somewhat difficult to understand, and you may also wonder why this is; after all, the King James Version is not really too far off from our modern day English. It is not because something is wrong with your comprehension and understanding; rather it is because God reveals His Word in precious increments (or like a Bible Byte), only to the meek and tenderhearted. In a lifetime one could not fully grasp all of God’s Word; however, God opens a genuine understanding from His pure heart day by day as we continue looking into the Scriptures willing to receive heavenly nurturing.

II Corinthians 4:7 – But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We have received a heavenly treasure deep within our souls, in mortal earthen vessels, a treasure that reveals the words of God to our minds and understanding proportionately to our acknowledgment that God has given us the power to receive from Him, and He alone reveals His precious treasures (I Corinthians 3:6; Colossians 1:27). In II Corinthians 4:7, God wants us to understand that the ability and power to receive from Him is at His own discretion rather than ours, but which He freely gives according to our believing. As we continue receiving an understanding of the Word of God, the treasures therein will become manifested out into our lives simply by our believing as His Word instructs.

II Corinthians 4:6 – For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The light that God commanded to shine out of darkness is spiritual light shining out of our hearts and is the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. The “face of Jesus Christ” means the countenance, the radiance, and the power of Christ that is laden within our earthen vessels is released just in the same way it was when Christ himself physically walked on this earth (John 14:12).

The treasures of the heart that God has given to us are phenomenal and as we continue walking with God, the true spiritual life of His Word will continue growing in the tender and fertile ground of our earthen vessels. So today as we continue living with this heavenly treasure in our lives, let us continue to allow God’s Word to water and stimulate the implanted and treasured healing Word in our hearts with the eternal blessings of the divine graces of our heavenly Father.