THANKSGIVING PRAISE REPORT – PART 1
A Note From Our Founder :
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – First Thessalonians 5:15-18
‘Rejoice Always,’ it is the will of God and it is a tall order to maintain 24/7. It seems to be more convenient to ‘complain always’, or ‘find the issues in others always’, or just ‘ignore always.’ (Happy U.S. Election Day!)
So many spiritual storms have been brewing all over the world this year. It can be overwhelming. I have no doubt that you have also faced storms and trials this year. I want to encourage you to refocus and reset your heart and mind on the peace and hope from Christ Jesus.
Before we can really experience that peace and hope, I find it necessary to remove the blockers of the heart that are suffocating our thanksgiving and our worship.
I was going through a spiritual battle in my mind this week. My mind was constantly repeating 15 different thoughts that made me feel guilt, failure, limited, insecurity and just plain terrible. I grabbed a notebook and wrote “all the things eating me alive,” and I listed each one. It felt great and embarrassing to write them all down, but mostly I felt relief.
Sometimes you need to share it with someone, even if it just you and God. God already knows your heart and what is on your mind, but it is up to you to admit it. It is up to us to ask for forgiveness and to invite God into our mess and let him do what He does best; heal, forgive and bring peace!
I got a new sheet of paper and wrote; “I am becoming,” I wrote the opposite of each thought from the previous sheet of paper. I wrote down who I am becoming. I gave this to God, and gave thanks! I want to focus on who I am becoming through the power of Jesus, not my failure. The enemy wants me to focus on my failure and stay paralyzed. God wants me to move forward in His will and His purposes. He wants the same for you, because you are ENOUGH. You BELONG in His mercy. You are QUALIFIED to build His kingdom, because it is God who qualifies you!
“Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.” Psalm 127
God must be the focus, the middle, the whole point of what you do. It starts with giving Him thanks and praise for who He is and what He has done for you.
Thanksgiving and praise is a powerful tool we carry that can disarm hell. Nothing on earth, no issue or problem is greater then the solution we carry! We have Jesus.
Thanksgiving agrees with Heaven by acknowledging the truth that our lives are a gift from God, and that He is sovereign over all. God is extravagantly generous.
Do you have thoughts, sins, limiting beliefs or fears that are eating you alive? You don’t have to carry this alone. Get our some paper and let it out! You can remove the blockers of your heart, experience forgiveness and fix your focus! Let’s declare who we are becoming in Christ Jesus!