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Don’t Be Like Your Dog

Don’t Be Like Your Dog

“A little lad of six was invited out to lunch in a neighbor’s home. As soon as all were seated at the table the food was served. The little boy was puzzled, and, with a child’s frankness, asked, “Don’t you say a prayer before you eat?” The host was uncomfortable, and mumbled, “No, we don’t take time for that.” The lad thought silently for a while, and said, “You’re just like my dog! You start right in.””

Don’t be like your dog on Thanksgiving.  Remember to give thanks to the Lord.

One of my favorite things to do each holiday season is to watch Charlie Brown and his talented dog, Snoopy.  One of the best yearly reminders of God’s blessing to early America can be seen in Charles Schultz’ rendition of the Pilgrims coming over on the Mayflower, meeting Chief Massasoit and Squanto and sitting down to dinner and giving thanks to God for surviving the brutal and deadly winters they were unprepared for.  With little food, a majority of the settlers buried, and with great uncertainty facing the future, they stopped everything to praise and thank the Lord.

It has been said that being truly “thankful” involves “giving.”  After all, the word Thanksgiving is a compound word; and both “Thanks” and Giving” are words rich with meaning.  Grateful people are happy people.  Have you ever seen a complaining, grumbling person?  Sure.  Are they happy?  No.  We are most happy when we have thankful attitudes, grateful words, and gracious actions.  If you are consistently giving praise and thanks to the Lord, you will be less likely to be critical, self absorbed, and feeling negative about life.

We need to be like the Apostle Paul who said in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  The early Christians living in the city of Thessalonica were challenged and encouraged to give thanks in everything in life.  Every life stage.  Every circumstance.  Every weather event.  Every electoral cycle.  Every season of life.  Every start to the week.  In.  Everything.  Give.  Thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Thank-you for reading these devotionals.  I am grateful for each reader and pray that these postings will be a help to you.

 

 

 

 

 

(Snoopy rendition by Charles Schulz, from internet search)

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How to Know You Are Not Thankful

How to Know You Are Not Thankful

Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.  Psalm 106:1

For this posting, you may want to open your Bible to Psalm 106 to follow along in the text.

“A man writing at a post-office desk was approached by an elderly fellow who asked, “Sir, could I get you to address this postcard for me?”

The man did so gladly, and then agreed to another request, which was to write a message on the card, and to sign it. He then asked, “Is there anything else I can do for you?”

The old fellow thought a moment, then said, “Yes. Add this at the end: ‘P.S. Please excuse the handwriting.”

All of us should be challenged with the idea of thankfulness. You can Become a thankful person today.  Early Israel is our example to learn from in Psalm 106.

Eight marks of thanklessness to the Lord include:

  • Forgetting the Mercy of God. 1-7
  • Lusting for More Stuff. 8-15
  • Envying Others’ Power. 16-23
  • Murmuring Behind Closed Doors. 25-26.
  • Making Idle Inventions. 28-29, 39

Please note that Inventions = deeds.  We can be very creative at evil action.  Our imagination can be dangerous. Imagination = “Framing of the Mind.” When we think of it – then our actions will follow:  See how these verses inform this truth:  Genesis 6:5, And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And in Psalm 81:12, So I gave them up unto their own hearts (“Imagination”) lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

Too Much Time on Our Hands could be the result of blessing or even the result of hard work.  When we abuse the time with evil, it is the product of an un-thankful heart.

“Idle Hands are the devils workshop.”  It is a true idea rooted in Bible truth. Voids of good activity are always filled with evil activity.  Fill your day with good actions.  Fill your heart with Bible Intention. Stage the platform of your life so that free time is used for good, not evil.

  1. It could be that being with other people prevents sin.
  2. It may be that reading the Bible prevents sin.
  3. It is possible that having routines and expectations could prevent sin.
  4. It is true that being thankful, daily, could prevent sin. “An Attitude of Gratitude” goes a long way.
  5. Idle inactivity often leads to idol activity!
  • Provoking Anger in Others. 29, 40, 32-33
  • Mixing Up Relationships. 34-36
  • Disregarding Human Life. 37-39

Check your life against this list of eight marks of thanklessness.  How did you do? You could get this right with God right now and have a fresh perspective on life.

 

WHAT should I DO about Un-thankfulness?  Good question.  Here are 3 helps:

  1. Stand for Right. 30-31
    1. Think Right. Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind (Imagination” in Hebrew) is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
    2. Do Right.  Phinehas was thinking right and therefore he did right.  As a result we know him even today as being a righteous man.  He was thankful to God so he was willing to stand for God and right.
  2. Seek Mercy. 44-46.  May the Lord not give us what we really deserve.  Remind yourself of His mercies each morning to help with your days perspectives.
  3. Say “Thank You.” 47-48.  In prayer – be purposefully thankful to God.

May the Lord help us to be a thankful people.  Not only in November – but in each day that He gives to us.  Be encouraged and challenged to live thankfully each day.

You can Become a thankful person today.

Going, Going, Going…

Going, Going, Going…

“He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there shalt thou die,    and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord’s house.”  Isaiah 22:18

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The quarterback spins around a tackle.  The opposition is closing in fast.  He turns to his left, steps back and with great strength, throws the leather football sailing through the air.  The commentators are talking quickly as the ball takes flight.  The ball is going, going, going… into the next county? How about the next country?  Of course for a man to throw the length of a football field would be incredible, but God tells us of something amazing in this passage in Isaiah.

Football, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer; Which sport do you really like?  Is there a ball being thrown or tossed in the sport that you enjoy most?  Hitting, kicking, or catching a ball can be terrific fun.  Competition can bring out the best, or the worst in a person!  How far can you throw a ball?  Can you toss a ball all the way into another country?  That would be quite a throw!

In Isaiah 22, we find the only verse in all of the Bible with the word “ball.”  In this passage the Lord described how He will judge Jerusalem for their rebellion against Him.  The Lord fulfilled this promise in 701 BC when Jerusalem was overthrown by Sennacharib, King of the ancient superpower, Assyria.

There was a government leader in Jerusalem named Shebna who the Lord promises He will toss into another country like a ball is tossed or thrown through the air.  Shebna was a man who was friends with the Egyptian monarchy.  He was looking to Pharaoh to help Judah escape the controlling power of foreign empires.  Shebna was in charge of King Hezekiah’s Palace in Jerusalem.  He helped oversee some of the large fortification projects Hezekiah was involved in.  He was a man who even had a tomb built for himself in a similar way Kings and Pharaohs had fancy tombs built.

Shebna was one of the people God was also going to judge.  Pride, rebellion to the Lord, and lust for power are all sins.  This is how Shebna lived.  Instead of trusting the Lord, Shebna trusted in man, personal intellect, top of the line chariots, and government treaties.  May the Lord help us trust Him for every issue in our lives.  Not long after this pronouncement, from Isaiah, Shebna was carried away by the Assyrian army.  He died a captive in a foreign land.  The Lord tosses Shebna into a whole other country because of his sin.

Are there areas in your life in which you are rebelling against the Lord?  Have you identified sin that you need to get right with God?  God does judge our sin.  We find examples of this in the Bible time and time again.  Because of His love He will do what it takes to get our attention.  Because of His holiness, He wants us to live holy too.  Don’t be like Shebna.  Seek forgiveness and ask God to help you to live in a way that honors Him each day.  We can “win” in the game of life over wrong and do right each day.

Going to a ball game this season?  Every time you see a ball thrown, be reminded of Shebna and how the Lord fulfilled His promise of judgment.  We can always take God at His Word.