Thursday, March 9, 2017

"Father, I Thank You that You Have Heard Me."

Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” John 11: 41b-42

Regardless of all the misery in this world, and of all the disappointments in our lives, and of all the fear the enemy may stir in us, and of all the negative vibes put out by the doubters who surround us, God hears us. He remains Faithful!

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5: 14

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,

for his compassions never fail.

23 They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

And for that we need to be thankful. Just like Jesus did in this section of the passage, our gratitude needs to be heartfelt and evident. Thanking God should not be reserved only for one-on-one moments between God and me. I need to be intentional about giving evidence of my Thanksgiving for those who surround me to see that God’s goodness is worthy of praise regardless of the circumstances.

Jesus wants us to break free from the shackles that bind us to this world and believe! He demonstrates to those who listen, that He is the God with Us, sent by the Father to save us, to guide us, to lead us, to give us life, and life in abundance!

He is the Only One who can rise us above the things of these world and transform us…from the inside out.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12: 2

But this transformation, this total makeover of our souls and minds won’t come until we take a conscious step to make Him our All

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6: 33

This is the key of our existence, to seek Him first! To keep our eyes on Him. To know Him. To follow Him. To cease our striving and concentrate on the Light of His Presence. To trust, so we can have peace and live a life of hope.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15: 13

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