A Time to Reflect…
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November 1, 2017
When we stop and think about everything that we are blessed with we can only be THANKFUL. I love what the apostle Paul had to say about that. Philippians 4, “11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” There it is—HE gives us the strength.
Thanksgiving is a time of the year that should bring us to the place where we realize that everything that we have comes from one source—God! When we confess Him with our mouths and believe Him with our hearts we come to the proper attitude that we need to have in order to worship Him.
In Ecclesiastes 3:1 we read, there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: It is time for the church to worship God the way He alone deserves to be worshipped. Lord, open my eyes to see and my ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
In the spirit of this book and chapter let me suggest that this is a TIME TO REFLECT. Psalm 100:3, “Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” The word “Know” in verse 3 means to ascertain by seeing. You aren’t just called to know about God, but you are told that you can see for yourself that the LORD is God. In 1 Kings 18, as Elijah fought against the prophets of Baal he told the people that the God who answers by fire, He is God. The people of Israel ascertained by seeing to the power of God as the sacrifice, the wood, the water and the dirt beneath it were consumed by fire. You see we are called not just to know about Him but also to experience Him. It is he who made us, and we are his. In Acts 17:24-28, “24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”
Everything that we are, everything that we do, everything that we have has been ordained by a loving God. He is the creator. We are His creation. We are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Please take the TIME to REFLECT upon God’s goodness to us and be THANKFUL. We are wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving and a very meaningful Christmas.