What I Am Thankful For

What I’m Thankful For.

Paul was in jail for preaching the gospel and his words to us ring in my ears everyday.

“Rejoice, again, I say rejoice. Let your moderation — your calm — your confidence be made known to all men.”

And from my place of comfort, there is an itch that causes me to write and to teach to disciple and to proclaim simultaneously two things — 1. “Be of good cheer. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the glorious good news of the gospel, and 2. “Be anxious for nothing, but in all things by prayer and supplication make your requests known unto God with thanksgiving — and then wait for the peace that will pass all understanding — which will surely be shed abroad in your heart.”

And there is one other thing, now that I think of it. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of the air.” We are in a battle. Make no mistake.

On the eve of Thanksgiving — let me tell you what I am most thankful for.

I am thankful that my thoughts and my inner life is dominated by the voice of scripture. “He, Jesus, is the word made flesh.” And through His word, I aspire to the place called peace. The Kingdom of God is not a destination, it is, indeed, a disposition. His words permeate my every conflict and confrontation.
Greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world.
No weapon formed against me shall prosper.
My God shall supply All of your need is met according to His riches in glory
We dwell in the secret place of the Almighty … no evil or tragedy shall befall us.
As long as the earth remains, seed time and harvest shall remain.
Cast not away your confidence for in it is great recompense of reward
Sow the corruptible and reap incorruptible
Seek, Ask and Knock and it shall be given unto you.
Call things that be not as though they were, and stagger not at the promises.
God is not a man that He can lie.
Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights …
Perfect Love casts out all fear and God is love …
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life …
No man comes to the Father, but by Him….

Lay aside every weight and every burden that would hinder you from pursuing God.

You see out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, and as a man thinks in his heart so is he. Every man will speak of his own goodness, but a faithful man who can find?
So, be anxious for nothing. What so ever things are lovely, pure, virtuous or have a good report think on those things.

Don’t let the cares of this world choke out the seed that has been placed into you — even in the reading of this short piece. His word — which I have quoted aplenty is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path … but more than that His word is spirit and it is LIFE itself. Read it … say it … think about it and watch the peace permeate all that you see and all that you are and soon that will be in all those that you love.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Dan Stratton

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