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ThrowbackThursday: Thank God

 

THANK GOD

 

O, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,

-Ps. 107:1-2a (NKJV)

The redeemed should be the most thankful people on earth. We have more to be thankful for than the unbeliever because we have been rescued from eternal damnation by Christ’s sacrificial death. However, when we express our thanks, let us make sure that the thanks are given to God because all our blessings are from Him. The paycheck which you bring home every week comes from God because He has provided a job for you. The friends and families that you have are also from God because He has placed you among these people.

Salvation is our greatest blessing because without it we would not have a personal relationship with God. Salvation is not just eternal life, but it is abundant life. We may not have the possessions of the unbelievers, but we have so much more. We have peace in the midst of a trial. We have joy in the Lord, no matter what our circumstances may be.

Do you remember prior to your salvation when you hungered for something to make your life just right? You couldn’t find it in clothes, houses, or possessions. Many people try to find it in alcohol, drugs or sex. You were like the Israelites- “hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses.” (Ps. 107:5-6). Do you remember the time when you cried out and He delivered you? If not, cry out to God now, and He will save you and put you on the right path. It doesn’t mean that your life will get easier, but He will never leave you during the storms. He is in control of them.

Christians definitely have so much to thank God for. What a wonderful witness to the world to see a Christian giving their heavenly Father thanks. Make every day a thankful day!

Dear Lord,

Forgive me for the times when I neglect to thank You. I thank You today for Your many blessings. In Your precious name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Psalm 107. It is long, so you may want to split it. As you read, give thanks to God.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, let the world see a thankful attitude as a witness to God.

 

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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WHEN YOUR WORLD CRUMBLES AROUND YOU

WHEN YOUR WORLD CRUMBLES AROUND YOU 

By Carolyn Dale Newell 

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. 

By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. 

Hebrews 11:30-31 NKJV 

The earth shakes. The walls rattle. They begin to crack as you hear the cries of your neighbors. People scamper running for their lives as buildings tumble to the ground. Destruction lays all around, but your home is still intact. 

Rahab the harlot remained in her home with her family. The scarlet thread hung in the window, like the spies had instructed her. Her house sat on the wall, but when Jericho fell, one section stood, the house of the harlot.  Her family was escorted out of the house as promised by the Israelites.  

While studying this passage, I found no commentary on the last two words of our focal verses: “with Peace.” 

When everything falls apart, peace holds us together. Rahab kept her cool. From the moment the spies knocked on her door, treating her with respect, she sensed a serene calm. 

These men were unlike her usual visitors. They acted as the hands and feet of the Lord, and they substantiated everything Rahab had heard about the God of Israel.  

Tranquility filled Rahab’s spirit as she hid the spies on her rooftop. With a gentle confidence, she redirected the king’s men searching for the spies.  

How could Rahab keep her cool when most of us would have panicked? She knew the mercy of God. She knew the friend of sinners forgives. She knew He would rescue her from her wretched life. She knew His love ran so deep He would one day send His Son to pay her sin debt. God’s Son and Rahab’s Great, Great… Great Grand Son. That’s right Rahab the harlot falls in the lineage of Jesus Christ. Jesus isn’t ashamed to tell the world about His great grandma, Rahab, the prostitute who became a proselyte.  

Friends, Rahab had the Cinderella ending. She married a Jew, Salmon, and they had a son, Boaz. One day, he would marry another Gentile lady, Ruth. 

Your world may be scattered in broken pieces. You are never too far gone that God cannot save you. Never too sinful that He cannot forgive. Rahab had the scarlet cord. You have the blood of Jesus. Christ will rescue you from the ruins of your life. 

Lord Jesus, we thank You that Your love is unconditional. That You feel no shame for the lives we walked as children of wrath. Thank You for reminding us that You truly forgive and forget. Amen. 

DIG DEEPER 

Read Judges 2 and Judges 6: 

HIKING THE TRAIL 

Has your world crumbled? Should you pick up the pieces, or move forward like Rahab? 

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.