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.

A Prayer

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ– I Corinthians 15:57. This wonderful verse of Scripture is an actual prayer, with a beginning in thankfulness, the middle with the acknowledgment of what God has given to us – the victory, and this victory is our eternal life. Then the prayer ends by thanking God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, just as Jesus instructed us to do in our personal prayer life (John 14:13-14).” ~LMJ~

Shout for Joy!

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart– Psalms 32:11. When we are glad in the LORD for His love upon our lives, then genuine rejoicing in the LORD will manifest itself, whelping up into thankfulness that we know God. Even David lived his life as one forgiven and who was enabled to shout for joy. We may rejoice because God has made us righteous, as completely righteous as God is (II Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9), because of His Son, Jesus Christ. So shout for joy! We who continue to come to our God in prayer with thankfulness and with believing that He does indeed answers us, will (without a doubt) also absolutely recognize that God sees us as His upright in heart. The life that Christians can enjoy in knowing God’s healing will reveal to us life more abundantly. God sees you in Christ, as His upright in heart.” ~LMJ~

When We Believe

When we believe, This is the day which the Lord hath made- Psalms 118:24, we will be living a lifestyle in daily thankfulness and we will rejoice and be glad in HIM, not just for one day in the year but for always. If we have food to eat and a place to sleep, we will have every good reason to be thankful today for the blessings bestowed upon us, and our God will give us great expectations for all our tomorrows.” ~LMJ~