Just before a recent sermon, I realized that I was not right with the Lord. I had let this situation pierce my heart and I was not giving my situation to the Lord. Once I became aware of my need to confess, I quietly knelt before the Lord; confessed my sin; and I asked for His forgiveness. Also, I prayed to be filled with the Holy Spirit. In a split second, the Presence of the Lord engulfed me; and I knew I was right with God.
The most important relationship that we have is our relationship with the Lord. Sometimes that relationship gets off-track because of sin in our life or just plain ignorance about the ways of the Lord. The essence of Christianity is not religion but our relationship with God. Keeping our relationship vital and strong is crucial to our life of faith.
We begin our relationship with the Lord by inviting Jesus into our life. In John 1:12 (ESV), the Apostle John says it this way: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” All humans are sons of Adam or daughters of Eve; but when we receive Jesus, we become a child of God. A simple way to receive the Lord into your life is the ABC approach: A – Acknowledge Jesus as the Lord. B – Believe that his death on the cross will atone for your sins. C – Confess your sins to the Lord asking for His forgiveness and for His Presence in your life.
If we have a personal relationship with the Lord, it is important to nurture our relationship to deepen and grow it. Spending time with the Lord is one of the best ways we can nurture our relationship with Him. Prayer, Bible reading and study, and worship are helpful ways to spend time with Him. I often find that silence is an important part of nurturing my relationship with the Lord – that is, being still and quiet and listening to what He might have to say to me. Oftentimes, the Lord will make me aware of some sin in my life or some person with whom He wants me to connect.
In the busy, noisy, techno, demanding world in which we live, it is easy to allow the busyness of life to push our relationship with the Lord to the background of our lives. I find I must make a constant effort to keep moment by moment fellowship with Him. This fellowship is where our relationship with Him can be most meaningful and powerful. Involving Him in all the decisions, discussions, and duties of the day brings God’s wisdom, counsel, and Presence into my everyday life. Get right with the Lord and stay right with Him. Psalm 46:10 (ESV)– “Be still, and know that I am God. . .”
We Can Only Hope that We Do Not Take God’s Blessings for Grated and Fail to “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name”
MESSAGE SUMMARY: Introduction from “Living the Bible”:
Rev. William Tyndall, in the 1500s, translated the entire Bible, by hand, from Latin into English so that the ordinary people could have the Word from the Lord. Tyndall was burned at the stake, in 1537, by the Church for his gift to the human race. In 1611, Tyndall’s translation was used to develop the King James version of the English Bible translation. People have died in the translation, printing, and distribution of the Bible so that we can have the Bible to read and understand. If we would just take ten minutes a day to read the Bible, our Spiritual lives would be greater than we could imagine. By the way, it is OK to mark in the Bible – you can underline key points or make notes to increase your knowledge and understanding of the Lord’s Word. We need to systematically read the Bible so that we can learn and understand God’s Word through study and memorization. Also, we need to meditate on God’s Word from the Bible: “but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night." (Psalms 1:2). The five fingers for getting a grasp of the Bible’s scriptures are: 1) hear; 2) read; 3) mark; 4) learn; and 5) inwardly digest the scriptures. Remember, “The Bible is the inspired Word of God, and it contains all that is needed for our Salvation.”.
Today’s Message – “Giving Thanks to the Lord”:
In Isaiah 12:4, we are instructed: “And you will say in that day: ‘Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.’”. If we compare all our lives’ conveniences and facilitators today with the life situation of a twenty-five-year-old person in 1900, we will realize how truly blessed and privileged, in terms of things that make our lives easier, we are to live today. Also, we are blessed to live where we live today. When is the last time we gave thanks to God for living in this time period and living in America? “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name.”
We have so many things, including our health, job, home facilities, and family, for which we should “give thanks to the Lord”. However, we get focused on ourselves; and we forget how blessed our lives are. Therefore, we forget to “give thanks to the Lord”.
In Luke 17:11-19, Luke tells us the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers: “On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.’ When he saw them he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, ‘Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ And he said to him, ‘Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.’". Of the ten lepers that Jesus healed, only one leper, the “foreigner”, gave “thanks to the LORD, call upon his name”. It seems that Jesus is disappointed that not one of His fellow Jews gave thanks for being healed. We can only hope that we don’t take God’s blessings for grated and fail to “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name.”. As Jesus Followers, we should not need our country’s upcoming legally designated Thanksgiving Day to, during every day of our lives: “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name.”.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, Sabbath rest is truly an unbelievable gift! Thank you that there is nothing I can do to earn your love; it comes without any strings attached. As I close my eyes for these few minutes before you, all I can say is, thank you! In Jesus’ name, amen. Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 133). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM FORGIVEN. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9).
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Luke 17:11-19; Proverbs 13:1-25; Psalms 1:1-2; Joshua 1:8; Romans 15:4; Isaiah 12:4.
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