October 31, 2015
All throughout Scripture (and human history) we have been reminded by God to give thanks. This is not a selfish request from our God. God knows us and He knows that creeping ingratitude is the sure slide to spiritual suicide.
Before the Israelites entered the Promised Land, God reminded them to give thanks and told them why. Now, in a time of deep spiritual decline and corresponding judgment for God’s people, He sends Hosea the prophet and reminds them again. Exactly what God forewarned them about has happened.
Look at the progression for them (and for us) and let it remind us about why continual thanksgiving for everything in your life is so critical. It is the one antidote for this progression to forgetfulness.
""Yet I have been the Lord your God since the land of Egypt; and you were not to know any god except Me, for there is no savior besides Me."" (Hosea 13:4)
""I cared for you in the wilderness, in the land of drought."" (vs. 5)
""As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, and being satisfied, their heart became proud"" (vs. 6)
""Therefore they forgot Me."" (vs. 6)
When we forget that God has produced and provided everything in our lives, become proud and forget God, guess what happens? We “do not honor Him and give thanks” and we “worship and serve the creature instead of the Creator.” (Romans 1:21-25)
Our line of sight becomes distorted and misplaced. “A proud man is always looking down on things and people,” C.S. Lewis said, “and, of course, as long as you’re looking down you cannot see something that’s above you.”
Unceasing gratitude is the antidote to forgetfulness and spiritual drift. Meet a man who is not genuinely, continually grateful and you can know He has forgotten God and is on a deadly spiritual slide.
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June 08, 2019
June 07, 2019
… with most of us modern Christians is that we are stoppable. A little discomfort, a turn from our desired daily routine, or a little resistance from those to whom we’re witnessing throws us off. We have not settled the issue that our greatest joy and highest purpose comes from our witness, and so we are unwilling to push through in sharing Christ with others every day, even in the mildest environments. Even when persecution is not present.
June 03, 2019
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14)
Prayer is the foundation for all of life. Imagine the emotions and sense of fear and expectancy when Christ had been resurrected, appeared to His disciples, and then ascended. They were instructed to merely wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would endue them with power to be witnesses to Christ all across the world (Acts 1:8).
So, what did they do?