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Words to help give thanks to God

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Every day is Thanksgiving as we remember to give God thanks. Sometimes we do not realize that just waking up in the morning is a gift from God. So let us take the time to say, “Thank you” as often as possible.

1. 1 Chronicles 16:34
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

2. Romans 14:6
He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

3. I Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

4. I Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

5. 1 Chronicles 16:35
And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.

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12 Faith declarations on the war on lust

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1) And I will know the truth, and the truth will make me free. (John 8:31-32)

2) No weapon formed against me shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)

3) Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in me will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

4) I will not lust in my heart after someone’s beauty or let them captivate me with their eyes. (Proverbs 6:25)

5) I will not let the lusts of things enter in, choke the word, and make it unfruitful. (Mark 4:19)

6) I will not let sin therefore reign in my mortal body. (Romans 6:12)

7) I will not make provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. (Romans 13:14)

8) I will walk in the Spirit, and not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)

9) I will not fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge many into ruin and destruction. (1 Timothy 6:9)

10) I will flee youthful lusts and follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)

11) I will not be tempted and dragged away by desire and enticed. (James 1:14)

12) I will abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. (1 Peter 2:11)

Prayer of Faith
In the name of Jesus, I declare that my old self was crucified with Jesus in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that I would no longer be enslaved to sin. I will not let sin therefore reign in my mortal body, to make me obey its passions. I do not present my members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but I present my members to God as instruments for righteousness. (Romans 6:6-14)

Guard Your Gift

Focus Text: Ephesians 2:8-10
We have to guard the gift that God has given us. Someone who guards has to be on alert and on watch. We have to be on watch for the enemy who seeks to destroy the people of God. We must be sober and watchful. Beware of the tricks of the devil. (see I Peter 5:8) Many times, the enemy wants to discourage you, talk to your mind and lead you away from God. When you become discouraged and distracted, start thinking about where God brought you from evaluate what God saved you from. Anything could have happened to you, but God! Because of God’s goodness, the enemy couldn’t destroy you.
Paul knew the enemy was trying to turn the people at Ephesus, so he reminded them where God brought them from and how God had mercy on them. When we look back on where God brought us from, we will develop a greater appreciation for Him. It was of the Lord’s mercy that we were not consumed. Great is His faithfulness! (see Lamentations 3:23)
You don’t want to lose what God has done for you. The enemy will do everything to keep you from walking with God, but hold on to what God gave you! Don’t just go through the motions; develop an authentic relationship with God. Guard your gift of salvation. Don’t move off of your post and stand.
While you are on guard for your own soul, don’t forget to watch for others too. Continue in the faith and and stay rooted and grounded. (see Ephesian 3:17) Don’t let the enemy cause you to lose your place in The Lord. Thank God that, against all odds, He came into your situation, saved you, took your broken pieces and made you whole! (see Colossians 2:13) It is your responsibility to protect your walk with God and to protect your soul! Don’t be moved from the hope of the Gospel. Save yourself. Make up your mind to stay with God! (See Psalms 1:3)

Do You Believe?

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God can work miracles whether you believe it or not, but God wants you to believe that He is able. God is working right now on things you’ve been concerned about. Don’t allow pride or fear to keep you from asking for help and from receiving your answer from The Lord. God wants you to trust Him. This is a faith walk, so use your faith (Matthew 9:27-31; Mark 9:23-24).

God required even Abraham to use extreme faith to believe God would bless Him with a child in His old age. (Romans 4:20-21) God works outside of the norm.  (more…)

You must continue in the faith!

We have to guard our faith to make sure we don’t lose faith in God. The enemy wants us to lose our hope and faith in God. Paul encouraged the church in Colossians to continue in the faith. He received word that the church was doing well in the Lord. Paul begin to pray for them when he heard they were doing well in their walk with God. We still need prayer when things are going well! Paul wanted them to know even more about God.

We want God to continue with God, especially when so many today are leaving God and gravitating toward the world. The flesh will always continue to reach for things that will weaken your faith in God. Whatever you do, don’t give up the faith. Walking with God requires faith. (see Hebrews 11:6).  (more…)

Keys to Getting your Prayer Through

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If you feel like you are having trouble getting your prayer through to God, He has provided a few prayer-troubleshooting steps to enhance your connection to Him and to solidify your faith as you wait for Him to move.

1. Call in reinforcements. In developing our relationship with God, we do need to be able to seek God for ourselves, but sometimes we need prayer partners as reinforcements. It is good to have a prayer partner who you can relate to and who has your best interest in mind. Pray with someone with whom you are comfortable and have confidence in. When you come together with a prayer partner, you must come together with one mind and agree on the prayer request. The prayer request should be scriptural and ethical. Do not pray for something that needs to be confessed. Know that everyone is not equipped to take your confession. If you need to and want to be delivered, you must follow God’s method for doing so. You must be sincere and have the right motives. If you ask God for something and it’s not genuine, then you ask amiss and God will not answer (see James 4:3).

Whatever your problem is, neither you nor your prayer partner should feel responsible for handling it. Prayer is for taking problems to God. The problem might be too great for you to handle, but it is never too great for God! Matthew 18:19-20 lets us know that if two touch and agree for something on earth, God will answer their request. He also promises to be in the midst where two or three are gathered in His name. Make sure the Lord is involved!

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A Rich and Powerful Inheritance

Now that the presidential election is over, a number of people applied for and are hoping to be selected for a presidential appointment. But when it comes to God, we don’t have to apply for a place in His kingdom. If you are a child of God, God has elected you! No application necessary, only an already available dispensation of His grace. Christ chose you before you were born and accepted you. We are not acceptable to God in ourselves, but He makes us acceptable in Christ. Even when we do things that are totally against God, He is waiting for us to repent and to receive us back home. God is rich in mercy and will give us another chance. God loves us, sacrificed for us and adopted us. As His children, we have a wealth of blessings (see Ephesians 1:1-17).

In choosing His followers, God doesn’t follow the norm (see 1 Corinthians 1:27-29). He goes beyond our thinking. He does things the way He wants them done because He is sovereign. There are no laws or rules that can control what He does. In using the unexpected, God gets the glory! (more…)