A Season Of Thanks
By Lynette Davis
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. Colossians 3:16 NLT
Thanksgiving became an official Federal holiday in 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.
Thanksgiving was intended to be a holiday that acknowledged the greatness of our God but with the Christmas preparation starting earlier every year our “season of thanks” is quickly crowded out with busyness, baking and buying. We live in a time when the act of thanksgiving has to be done on purpose!
One way to give thanks is through worship. Let’s do the Word and “Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” One of my favorite worship songs from when I first got saved was “Give Thanks”, a worship song released in 1986 by Don Moen. Read and meditate on the words to this song! If you know it, sing it! Pull it up on youtube and listen to it! You can’t help but have a thankful and grateful heart when you realize all He has done! There really is so much to be thankful for!
Give thanks with a grateful heart Give thanks to the Holy One Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son. And now let the weak say, “I am strong” Let the poor say, “I am rich Because of what the Lord has done for us”
Now That Is Something To Be Thankful About!
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|Power In Perilous Times By Pastor Lew Pizzala
“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” 2 Timothy 1:6
In the last days we will face “perilous times.” The word means: “difficult times; or seasons of peril.” However there is a power that God would have us to walk in. This power is conditional and there are certain things we must do to operate in it. First, we have to stir up the gift. Literally, we are to “kindle afresh the fire of God.” If Satan can make you become a lover of self or a lover of money etc. he can blow that flame of passion out. Once the fire is blown out we become timid and lethargic, shrinking back from spiritual service. So, Paul tells Timothy to “kindle afresh the flame of God.” The responsibility is upon you. You are only as hot in God as you choose to be. It will takes a hot flame to persevere in the days that lie ahead. It’s been said that hell trembles when men kindle. Every fire needs repeated stirring. God lit the fire when you got born again; it is up to us to make sure the fire is not quenched. In order to do this you must allow the Holy Spirit to move upon your heart with the fire from heaven.
Prayer: “Show me what it is in my life that may need rearranging in order to increase the heat of passion within my soul. If it is a dull devotional life help me to try a different approach.”
It is a crucial time for America – a time of challenges and, of course, a time of decisions. Of all the things we can do for our country at this historic moment, nothing is more important than prayer! If we truly want God to bless America – to stand beside her and guide her – we must pray! Each person participating in this Pray 31 Event will recieve a U.S. Prayer Atlas which will instruct you what to pray for each day. The unified effect of Christians praying can awaken our nation, renew our church and spiritually transform our lives. This is going to be an important journey. Prayer night at New Life is Wednesday, October 1st. Don’t miss it!
Hearing God’s Voice
By Pastor Lew Pizzala
“My sheep hear my voice…” (John 10:27)
There are two aids that will greatly assist you in hearing God’s voice. The first one is silence. Remember the old proverb: “listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf?” Have you ever heard the bull frog? They tell me that at the same time a bull frog croaks a certain muscle makes a sound which prevents the bullfrog from hearing the croaking sound. Sometimes we talk so much that, not only do we drown out what we are saying, but we also drown out what God is trying to say.
A second hearing aid to the voice of God is intimacy. The greater the distance between you and the other person the harder it is to hear them when they speak. Sin creates distance between you and God. That distance makes the voice of God faint and fading.
It is so important to know the voice of the Shepherd! Practice silence and intimacy and you will be sure to recognize His voice!
Prayer: “Grant me an ear to the rail to always hear what it is the Spirit is saying to my life.”