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Heart of Gratitude

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” – Psalm 100:4.

What a wonderful privilege we have to enter boldly to His throne of grace. I’m so glad we serve a personal God who desires a relationship with you and me. I’m so glad we have access to Him 24 hours a day, seven days a week! But notice, today’s verse tells that we shouldn’t just come any old way to God. We shouldn’t come empty-handed to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. What do we have that’s worthy of Almighty God? Our praise. Our thanksgiving. Our worship. We are to enter His gates with an offering from our hearts of adoration because He is so worthy! God doesn’t expect an offering of our money and any worldly things because all we have is provided by Him, what he needs is a heart of gratitude.

We have to understand, praise isn’t just about singing songs on a certain day. Praise is the expression of gratefulness to Father God for Who He is and all that He has done. Praise gets God’s attention. Praise is a powerful tool in the life of the believer because God inhabits our praises! When we enter His presence the right way, He enters our circumstances; and when God shows up, the enemy must flee! Today, enter into His gates with thanksgiving and open the door for Him to move on your behalf!

Find Rest

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” – Matthew 11:29

Sometimes the day-to-day pressures of life can cause unnecessary stress. In fact, many people lose sleep worrying about things or people in their lives. But God doesn’t want us to live stressed out and overwhelmed. He wants us to live a life of rest and peace.

When Jesus walked on this earth, He took time for Himself. He got away from the crowds. He spent time with the Father. That’s how He found rest. He was gentle and humble in heart. Do you ever notice that when you are stressed out or worrying about something, you’re less tolerant of others? You’re more likely to say something you don’t really mean. Today, God wants you to cast your cares on Him and live with a gentle and humble attitude. When you release your burdens and follow the example of Jesus, you will find rest for your soul. You will be rejuvenated and refreshed! You will find peace in your heart, and you will move forward in the abundant life God has for you!

Whatever He Says

“…Whatever He says to you, do it” – John 2:5

When Jesus performed His first miracle, He was at a wedding celebration. His mother knew that in order to see His power at work, there was one key: “Whatever He says, do it.” It’s the same way with us today, our obedience opens the door to see His power manifest in our lives. The Scripture says, “If we are willing and obedient, we will eat the good of the land.” In other words, we’ll experience God’s abundant blessing when we follow His commands.

Oftentimes, we may be so focused on the thing we believe for that we overlook simple obedience in other areas. For example, you may need a financial miracle. Maybe you’re tithing and sowing seed like you should, but are you holding unforgiveness toward someone? Is there something else you know you should do?

Today, ask the Lord to search your mind and heart. Don’t let anything block His power. Whatever He says, do it and watch that obedience open the door to His blessing in every area of your life!

A Servant Heart

“Before Jesus went to the cross, He gave His disciples an unforgettable lesson in love’s humility. The Lord of glory, Maker of worlds, the Firstborn over all creation, bent low before ordinary men, knowing full well that within hours they would desert Him, deny Him or betray Him outright. Without fanfare He washed their feet. It was only when He had finished and had resumed His seat that He made a point of what He had done: ‘Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you'” (John 13:14-15, NIV).

When the hatred of others bound Jesus’ loving hands so that He could no longer touch the pain of the few, He stretched His bleeding form upon redemption’s tree and died a ransom for the many: ‘Just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many’ (Matthew 20:28, NIV). In that act of love’s supreme service He called us all to a life of costly caring, ‘just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God'” (Ephesians 5:2, NIV) (Paul A. Rader).

“What is the great overwhelming evidence that we have passed from death unto life? It is love! So often we want everyone to be the sameā€”to think and speak and believe as we do. Many Scripture passages could be called to witness that love is the real key to Christian unity. In the spirit of true humility, we are to approach our problems, our work, and even our differences.”