Many of us are looking and searching for happiness. We want to be happy. We look to other people, things, the newest gadgets, a new house, a new car, etc. Many individuals seek personal coaches, gurus, and other programs to “find” happiness. Some of those people even spend a hefty amount to locate this elusive thing we call “happiness.”
But the answer is simple. Finding happiness isn’t elusive at all. Happiness can be found when we look at things differently. We tell ourselves that we will be happy when we lose x number of pounds, when we finally get married, when we find that special someone, we have been looking for such a long time, when we have a family, when we get rich, etc. We tell ourselves when this particular event happens, then we will be delighted, but is that true? And we have to think about when exactly will that event take place in our lives? Life is too short to put off genuinely being happy and content. Now here is the very simple solution. Be thankful. Wow! Yep, short and sweet. See, being thankful changes your attitude, changes how you see things, and invites new possibilities into your life. Being thankful opens your eyes to see all the beauty around you. Now there has to be something in your life to be thankful for. Today, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, we are celebrating being thankful. Let that thankfulness continue on tomorrow, next week, next month, and throughout the year. If you think that this is too simple to work, then experiment with it. Try being thankful for a week and see what happens. Find that one thing in your life to be thankful for and focus on that. When you start there, you will begin to see other things to be grateful for that you never realized before. See, God’s word tells us in Phil 4:6 to not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Today, decide to be happy by being thankful. I pray that your Thanksgiving a safe, blessed, and most of all, full of happiness. God bless you.
When was the last time you said “thank you” to a Veteran? When was the last time you told them how necessary their sacrifice was? Today, that sacrifice means more than ever. Today, we are watching those freedoms that our Veterans fought so valiantly for being pulled out from under our feet. Those in power seek to take away every freedom bestowed on us by God and defended by our brave servicemen and women. Even though things appear bleak, do not give up and do not stop fighting. If our Veterans can keep fighting no matter how complex their mission is, we can surely keep fighting too. Most of us will never understand how brutal their fights were. Most of us will never be called upon to lay our lives down in service to our countrymen, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a job to complete too. We all have a role to play. The job of defending our freedoms does not solely fall at the feet of our brave armed forces. We, too, have a job to do. We need to keep our voices raised when we see our freedoms being stripped away. God, give us the same bravery, endurance, and strength that you have gifted our servicemen and women with. Father, let us focus on others and not on ourselves. God, let us dedicate our fight to those who laid down their lives for us. God, help us fight to save America. Father, most of all, let us not grow weary as we continue to fight those who seek to destroy America, our freedoms, our Godly values, our heritage, and all that America stands for. In Jesus’ name, we agree and pray. Amen. To our Veterans, I say God bless you and thank you. Thank you for caring for your country and each of us more than you do for yourself. Thank you for defending our freedoms so bravely. The price you pay is one most of us will never understand and one we can never repay. We say thank you for the sacrifice you have given to each of us and our beloved America.
We wonder why our schools, grocery stores, and malls have become shooting ranges.
Americans are angry and frustrated. Does this excuse this type of horrendous activity? No, not at all.
At this very minute, our economy is failing, and our streets are unsafe.
And now it is okay, according to some, to take that anger and doll it out on the innocent.
When did we lose control of our civility? Where was it that we took a wrong turn?
Was it the removal of God and prayer from our schools? Perhaps, it was the introduction of social media to our society and our youth.
Maybe, it was the increase in the murder of innocent babies at our local abortion clinics.
Could it be when other people decided that more skin, sex, violence, and cursing were okay for younger and younger audiences to view on television or in movies? Was this the catalyst that started the demise of our civility?
Perhaps, even the introduction of more and more broken homes with absent fathers leaving mothers to take up the slack.
Was it when others decided it was best for both parents to have to work? Was the need for a two-income family that pushed our society to the beginning of our demise?
Maybe, just maybe, it was the culmination of several of these things.
We may never know the one single event that caused the beginning of the fall of our society, but there is one thing we must realize and understand that is true.
Our enemy wants and desires the destruction of the family unit.
He wants men to be weak, frail, afraid, and timid.
Why does he want this? Well, the father is the head of the family. He is the leader of the family. He is the one who leads his family to success.
He is the strength. He shows his sons how to become successful, strong, and productive men that will lead their future families down the same path.
The father is the one who shows their daughters what a strong, faithful, honest, and unwavering man looks like.
He sets the stage for his daughters to seek out future husbands with the same qualities.
The father shows his daughters that they are worthy of respect and dignity.
Yes, the father is the substantial leader that every family needs.
As I write about the importance of the father, I am in no way undermining the value of the mother in the family unit.
Also, I am not saying that the father is more important than the mother either.
Each is equally important. The mother and the father play vital roles in the family unit. They are equal partners in every family unit.
So here we are, where we see others trying to silence men.
The father’s removal from the family picture leads to the reduction of strength, dignity, respect of the family.
You have to understand that the family unit is powerful. They support each other, they love each other, and most importantly, they pray together.
God’s word says that were two or more gather in agreement, He is among them (Matt18:19-20).
The family praying in unison and agreement is a powerful thing. The enemy knows that.
This family praying and agreeing can cause significant shifts in their lives, in the lives of their immediate family members, changes in their extended families, shifts in their schools, their communities, their cities, and their states.
Their persistent, fervent, and effectual prayer will shake and cause mountains to move.
The family unit prayer together in agreement has pure power.
That is why there is such a fight going on to destroy the family and the father.
Right now, we must start coming back together as family units and pray in agreement.
Right this very moment, we are in contention with that demonic activity.
Please make no mistake about what we are facing.
This “new world order” is nothing more than demonic activity.
We are fighting to preserve our freedom, voices, opinions, and way of life we love. We are fighting against the demonic activity of those who think they can defeat almighty God.
We must combat this demonic activity with God, praying, fasting, and planting seeds in good soil.
Please remember that no demon or devil can stand up to God and to the most potent name of them all, which is the name of Jesus.
The blood of Jesus will never lose its power!
We cannot lose focus or our hope. We cannot give up because that is what the enemy wants.
God is not finished! We must keep praying and seeking God’s help to stop those determined to let the enemy take over.
Stay focused, stay determined, stay active, and keep your eyes on God.
To all those who are laughing at America, know this, America is not done.
America has an unbreakable resilience.
Our brave American’s don’t know what the word quit means.
We will make a way when everyone has counted us out.
Once again, evil has woken up an American sleeping giant.
We have one thing in our corner that no one is thinking about. That is God and our faith.
See, America was founded on a God that never stops fighting for us.
Right now, at this very moment, brave American’s are planning for a victory so big that only God can bring it to pass.
Right now, we don’t know how it will happen, but we know it will happen.
Right now, our brave American veterans who have so courageously fought for us before are packing their bags, and with their faith that knows no bounds, they will be victorious!
In the name that is about all names, Jesus, our Savior, we call forth our victory.
In the name of Jesus, our Savior, we call on Godly protection for every brave veteran making the journey to save our stranded American citizens and our allies.
In the name of Jesus, we call on every angel to stand in the divine protection of each brave veteran and enlisted service person.
God, You will make this impossible situation victorious for us. In the name of Jesus, we call forth this victory.
God, let Your name and the name of our Savior fill the mouths of our veterans and enlisted soldiers.
God, listen and move when they call on Your name.
God, we will see and hear with our own eyes and ears about Your miraculous move to save America.
Forever, Your name will go down in history as the God whose hand moved in a powerful way to save America as Her citizens called out to You for divine assistance.
Father, make a way for every person responsible for this utter and disastrous failure to bring our citizens and troops homes safely, face justice. God, let the truth come out. God, bring forth whistleblowers so the validity of their disastrous decisions can be made known.
God, Your word says that secret things come to light (Luke 8:17).
God, let those responsible for this mess and their evil lies and deeds be known to all humanity!
God, we decree and declare this to be so in the mighty name of Jesus, our Savior.
God, restore America and Her greatness.
God, bless America once again. Father, I know you aren’t done with Her. I know She will shine brightly once again like never before.
God, finally, we lift all those 13 American servicemen and women who passed away this past week.
God, be with their families, take every ounce of pain and grief away from them, and replace their sorrow with joy. God, let them know that their sacrifice is not and will never be in vain.
I know many say that God isn’t real because you can’t see Him. You may not be able to see Him, but you can always feel His presence.
His presence is real. How does it feel in the presence of God?
It is peaceful there. In God’s presence, there is His love. A love that we don’t know as a human. It is a love that penetrates every fiber of your being. His love is consuming, powerful, engulfing, and strong. His love is never-ending. In His presence, His love has no boundaries.
It is a love that you will never feel from another human. It is a love that is indescribable. The love of God is something you can only experience while in His presence.
How do you reach His presence? We can come into God’s presence via prayer and primarily through our worship.
Our worship has power! Our worship, spoken decrees and declarations of God’s words and His promises, and prayer are the most potent weapons we have as Christians.
These things are the weapons we use to defeat all the fear, doubt, loneliness, emptiness, addictions, etc., we are facing or will ever face in our lives.
Right now, more than ever before, we are facing so much doubt and fear. Now, right now, is the time to seek God. If you don’t know Him, now is the time to make Him the center of your life.
Those in power are seeking to control every aspect of our lives.
How do we combat that power? With the promises of God.
What are the promises of God? His promises are written in His word, which is the Holy Bible.
Make no mistakes about it. There is only one true living God. There is only one Savior, His son Jesus, and there is only one true living spirit of God. That is the Holy Spirit. These three are the Holy Trinity.
Today is the perfect day to seek God, to accept Jesus as your personal Savior.
I am not talking about a cookie-cutter relationship with God. I am not talking about saying repeat prayers to seek God’s forgiveness and love.
That is man’s idea of how God works. With our God, there is no middle man.
No person, saint, or the Virgin Mary, can forgive your sins. Please, no mistake, I am in no way bashing the mother of Jesus. I thank God for her and her bravery to become the mother of our living Savior, Jesus.
Only God, through our Savior Jesus, can forgive all our sins.
God isn’t complicated. It is us as humans that complicate Him with our silly rules and our ideas.
How do you accept Jesus as your personal Savior? That is simple too. If you genuinely believe that Jesus is the one true son of God, that He rose from the dead after taking your place on the cross, then repeat this prayer:
Would you please pray with me? “Dear Father, please forgive me for my sins. God, please cleanse me with the precious blood of Jesus. I know Christ died on the cross for me. I know He was crucified, buried, and then arose on the third day. I know He ascended and now sits on the right hand of God. I receive Jesus as my Savior. Amen.
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If you prayed that prayer of Salvation above to receive Jesus as your Savior, you might be asking what is next. Well, if you can, find a good church that believes in the Holy Trinity, Jesus is our Savior, and God is the one true living God. Also, they must believe in the resurrection. And, they must believe that God’s word is the Holy Bible.
If you are unable to find a church like that, keep trying and praying for it. You also need to delve into God’s word. Read it daily and as often as possible.
Also, pray, seek God, and worship God. He is worthy to receive all our worship.
America is the home of the free because of the brave, courageous men and women of our military who choose to defend every citizen’s right to freedom. The cost for this freedom isn’t free. There is a steep cost for those who choose to stand and defend it. Our rights are given to each citizen by God, and they are defended and protected by men and women who boldly stand up and say, “yes, I will protect the land I love.” Now at this very time, some in Congress are seeking to take our rights and freedoms away. They seek to eliminate our right to bear arms and defend what is precious to us. Many of us have worked very hard to make strides to improve the lives of our families. Yet, our ability to defend these most precious things is being chipped away by those who swore or affirmed to protect those very rights. Many of us, including myself, have been silenced by these officials with the help of those in big tech. With the help of those in big tech, our voices are being silenced. Our right to freely speak is also being chipped away. These elected officials stood in front of all of us and placed their hand on God’s word as they promised to uphold, defend and honor our Constitution. They swore or affirmed to God that they would fight to protect every American citizen and all of our rights. Yet, here they are going against that promise they made to God. Any promise made to God is not one to enter into lightly. When we lay our hand on His word and speak, the words I affirm to uphold and protect, this is serious business. This promise is called a covenant made with God Almighty Himself. God cannot break His promises, and any promise we make to Him is one we must hold up to. We cannot easily break our promise to God. There are dire consequences when we go against promises we made to God. Yet, these officials think nothing of breaking their solemn promises that they spoke to God to defend His nation and His people. It seems that they have not paid those consequences, but that will not always be the case. The goodness of God has allowed them time to repent and seek His forgiveness before His swift hand moves. His mighty hand will move swiftly and quickly. His move is coming. Have no doubts about it. Those that have doubled down on opposing Him will pay a very steep price. America, God has heard us crying out for His justice. Don’t stop now. Please do not give up now. Even though it appears that evil is about to win and overtake us, God will prevail. Keep crying out to God to move and restore justice to us. His move is coming, and it will take all our breath away. His justice will sweep through America and the world, carrying with it all those who laughed and mocked Him. This independence day will take on a new meaning. It will always be remembered as the day God set us free from those who seek to destroy and keep us in the bondage of their greed and lust for evil. Keep praying, keep fasting, keep seeking His might presence. God bless each of you, and God bless America! Happy Independence Day!
Can you imagine what Jesus felt this morning? I imagine He felt alone, abandoned, petrified, unsure, and wanted to back out of the events that would occur. Remember, Jesus was human for a reason. He became a man to experience every emotion and feeling we as humans feel. God wanted firsthand knowledge of what it was to walk through a human life. God also needed a man of flesh who was also God to walk through His life as the perfect unblemished, sinless God. Jesus had to become the perfect sacrifice. A sacrifice for all humankind. A gift so perfect that no other person could or would have to walk His path again. Jesus was and will always be the perfect, sinless, Lamb of God. The blood shed at the cross is so powerful that NOTHING can defeat it. By the blood of Jesus, we are set free. By the strips He bore on His back, we are healed. Praise the holy Lamb of God! No other person could have taken Jesus’ place. No other sacrifice could have the effect that Jesus’ sacrifice did. God knows everything thing you face today. Nothing is too big for Him. He knows everything you feel because He experienced it via His Son Jesus. Today is the perfect day to place God first in your life. If you would like to accept Jesus as your personal Savior, pray this prayer with me. Perhaps you are backslidden. Today is also the perfect day to renew your walk with God. Pray with me: God, I am a sinner. Forgive me for my sins. I believe Jesus died on the cross for me. I believe Jesus is your only begotten Son. I believe He died on the cross, and on the third day, He ascended to heaven and is forever seated at Your right hand. I accept Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. God, come into my life and use me for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Today we celebrate our glorious Savior, Jesus. We celebrate the life He gave for every one of us.
He gave His life willingly for each one of us as He took our place on that retched cross.
He was sinless, yet He bore each one of our sins on that cross.
He defeated death, sickness, sin, and every burden at that cross. In doing so, we don’t have to carry the burdens our of sins.
He suffered through beatings, mockery, hate, thrones driven into His skull, and the agonizingly slow death of affixation.
I can never tell Him thank You enough! I am forever grateful.
He gave us freedom from the overwhelming price of our sins which is a price we can never pay. JESUS PAID IT ALL!
Today, if you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, please repeat these words with me:
Jesus, I am a sinner, forgive me! Father, cleanse me with the precious blood of our Savior, Jesus. God, let me seek, know, and understand You like no one else does.
God throw each one of my sins in the sea of forgetfulness never to be remembered by You again.
I receive Jesus, as my personal Savior. Today, I am free from sin, death, and every burden.
God, bless me with a knowledge of who You are.
Thank You for loving me the way that you do, never giving up on me, and for pursuing me relentlessly.
In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.