Daily Archives: December 13, 2013

Making Room For JESUS In My Life

Luke 2:1-2:7

“What rooms do you keep Jesus out of in your life?” What kind of room do you make for Jesus? Do you make room – or push Him aside? Listen, the truth is Jesus shouldn’t have a room in your life – Jesus IS the room for your life.

It’s EASY to be Christian Sunday/Saturday morning at church around church people and church workers. It’s easy to be a Christian around other men and women of God. But are you a Christian every where else?…all day…everyday…every place. Are you Christlike? Are you a model of Christ. Do you possess the characteristics that exemplify JESUS? Do people even know you’re a Christian? Are you – bold in your faith?

Romans says: I am not ashamed of the Gospel – it is the power of God that brings Salvation. It’s not enough to just believe. James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God – good – even the demons believe and tremble.

My prayer for all of us is that we make room for Jesus in our lives. Not just a little room – we give Him our entire life. Every piece of it. Not part of it; every part of it.

Stop pushing Jesus out. Stop keeping Jesus out or certain rooms or in certain rooms. Make room for Jesus in our lives. Make room for Jesus in your faith, make room for Jesus in your family and friends, in your finances – make room for Jesus in your entire life.

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing

December 13, 2013

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Reasons for Giving Thanks

Text: Genesis 8:20-22

Giving thanks is more than bowing our heads and praying a little prayer over our daily food. It is also more than just a once-a-year event celebrated with friends, relatives, turkey and giving gifts. It is an attitude of heart and life, that leaves us in humble gratitude before God and men.

Our actions are governed by our attitudes. In other words, what we are determines what we do. We must be right on the inside before we can behave correctly on the outside. For thanksgiving, then, to work its way into our daily living, it must begin in our hearts.

Jesus taught this same principle during His earthly ministry.

“A GOOD MAN OUT OF THE GOOD TREASURE OF HIS HEART BRINGETH FORTH THAT WHICH IS GOOD; AND AN EVIL MAN OUT OF THE EVIL TREASURE OF HIS HEART BRINGETH FORTH THAT WHICH IS EVIL: FOR OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKETH.” (LUKE 6:45)

What’s on the inside is what is going to come out! To be thankful, then, involves self- discipline. We must heed the admonition of Solomon.

“KEEP THY HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE; FOR OUT OF IT ARE THE ISSUES OF LIFE.” (PROV 4:23)

There is nothing easy about cultivating an appreciative attitude. It is something that we have to work on constantly in our inward man.

But, as we humble ourselves and cooperate with His Spirit, the “sweet aroma” of a grateful spirit will begin to issue out of our lives.

Thanksgiving should have first place in our actions.

If we are thankful in our hearts, we will be thankful in our daily living. “Thanksgiving is thanks-living!” That is, a thankful spirit is translated into our actions.

First, our daily lives should display our gratitude to God.

“EVERY GOOD GIFT AND EVERY PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE, AND COMETH DOWN FROM THE FATHER OF LIGHTS, WITH WHOM IS NO VARIABLENESS, NEITHER SHADOW OF TURNING.” (JAMES 1:17)

We should be determined then, by the grace of God, to always show our appreciation for His blessings.

Our daily lives should demonstrate our appreciation to those around us.

When we are sincerely thankful to God for His blessings we cannot help but be grateful for the kind deeds of others.

Let’s not forget to express a “thank you,” to others.

Thanksgiving should have first place in our approach to God.

When we think of approaching God, we usually think of prayer. But, the Bible instructs us to come before God, not only with “prayer and supplication,” but also “with thanksgiving” (Phil. 4:6).

Thanksgiving is simply giving something for something given. It is giving something back for something received. It is giving honor to the One who has honored us! It is blessing Him who has blessed us! It is a reciprocal offering!

Thanksgiving is one of the few things that is said to please God.

He is pleased with the preaching of the Gospel. 1Co. 1:21

He is pleased with Jesus Christ. Col. 1:19

He is pleased with faith. Heb. 11:5-6

But when we offer up “the sacrifice of praise…God is well pleased” Heb. 13:15-16

The Lord delights in, takes pleasure in our offerings of thanksgiving.

Have we been pleasing the Lord?

Is He well-pleased with us?

He is if we are thankful!

If our thanksgivings are to be acceptable to God, we must be clean within and without.

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing
December 12, 2013
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