Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Are You The One?

By: Angela Lee Price
Have you ever heard people say "thank you" insincerely, only because it was the politically correct thing to say, or simply as a way to end a conversation as if to say, "that's all, goodbye!," "you may go," or "you're dismissed"? There is a difference between worldly thanks and Godly thanks. With worldly thanks, what is said is not what is meant. With worldly thanks, there is no sincere "holler up" to God as the provider of all things, and neither is there "follow up" with actions commensurate with the sincerity of our hearts. Jesus healed ten lepers, but only the one, a foreigner, a Samaritan, returned to say thank you. Jesus asked the whereabouts of the other nine, and then told the one, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well" (Luke 17: 11-18). Don't miss the blessing of giving thanks. When praises go up, blessings come down! All ten lepers were cleansed, but only the one was cleansed and made well. As believers, we should be thankful to God not just at Thanksgiving, but at all times. The Bible says, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:18 NIV). The Bible declares, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from the hand of the enemy" (Psalms 107:1-2). And Hebrews, 12:28 states, "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our 'God is a consuming fire.'" Are you the one offering Godly thanks, "follow up" to your "holler up"? God is good! Jesus saves!


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