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The Cup of Thanksgiving

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How can I repay the Lord for all the good He has done for me? I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of Yahweh. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people.

Psalm 116:12-14

It is infinitely better to spend our time, either when alone or when gathered with others, praising the excellencies and faithfulness of God rather than harping on man’s greatness. How can I repay the Lord for all the good He has done for me? The Lord has caused countless mercies to come to us that we should always look and see what can be done to manifest our gratitude. We often praise God for what can be seen, but what about searching with divine inspiration to pursue various ways we can render fresh praises to God. Each of us should have our own exceptional way of expressing gratitude. The Lord gives each one of us a particular benefit, so we should each be asking, “How can I repay?” What sort of service would be most becoming in me?

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The Psalmist answer to the question is, “I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of Yahweh.” He will express blessings, thanksgivings, and prayers, and then drink the cup the Lord had filled with his saving grace. It is ours by faith to take and make our own and then with joyful hearts, to magnify the gracious One who has filled it. Drink and be refreshed. We can do this figuratively every time we partake of communion, and we can do it spiritually every time we grasp the promises of the covenant and receive those divine promises into our soul.

Take a long pause Believer and receive with thanksgiving, the great and precious promises given you by God through Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Allow the promises to refresh and revive you and share your thankfulness towards God when you gather with others.

In His grace,

Amanda

The Strength of Hope

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Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God. I am deeply depressed; therefore I remember You…

Psalm 42:5,6

Sorrow here is put to the question. “Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me?” The words imply that God’s people have the habit of pressing down their own souls. That by our own sin, turmoil roars within us and tosses us around. This pressing down of our soul and the resulting turmoil creates more trouble for ourselves than the devil tempts us to.

We should always be quick to consider how much of God’s providence is in our affliction. Why are we downcast if we know that the Father is aware of our difficulty and would have stopped its course had it not been best for us? Like David, we shall not murmur as if God has treated us wrongly. The wisdom of His providence is always acting on our behalf. Oh Lord that we may be strengthened and comforted to bear with you and not be guilty of casting down our soul and allowing turmoil to reign within us as if we had no hope.

Resolve for the anchor of your soul to search for the present fruit in your trouble, however small you imagine the fruit to be, so that you may praise Him even in your painful experiences. When we allow our soul to become despondent, we make it disquieted, and thus, we are unable to praise. When the anchor of our soul is hope in God, this hope will unbridle us from the heavy yoke of anxiety and worry. Hope in the Lord is an expectation founded on faith in God and leads the soul to wait for him. The expectant soul does not cast itself down but hopes for the goodness of the Lord to be revealed!

Is He not called the Mighty Physician? Does He not identify and evacuate the diseases of our soul and yet at the same time, offer His comfort and strength? If we were to ask ourselves, “Why, poor heart, are you so depressed and disquieted?” Would we not respond with, “My distress and sadness springs from my unbelief?” Come Mighty Physician and remove what does not belong in my heart! I know my human condition is inclined to be impatient and haunted with a discontented soul when affliction remains upon me. Lord, I desire to not disquiet my soul from trusting in you, but instead, I am determined to silence my inner turmoil. I need Your help. Thank you for Your Holy Spirit that guides me into all truth and teaches me how to put to death my carnal inclinations that do not align with You.

In His grace,

Amanda

We Know…

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We know that all things work together for good to those who love God.

Romans 8:28

Perhaps from the habit of familiarity, we frequently emphasize the second portion of this verse, “all things work together for good for those who love God” without reflecting upon the equally important first two words, “we know.” I have become accustomed to hearing the verse quoted with the first two words left off, but it is essential that we not only say them but that we believe that we know! Can you agree with confidence that you “know” all things work together for good to those who love God? If you emphasize the “you know,” when you speak the sentence, it will be a faith builder to yourself and to those who hear.

If you can confidently say that you know all things work together for the good of those who love God, then you would agree that God ordains the circumstances of a believer’s life. We may or may not understand the events when they surface, but we must not attempt to control or wish them away because we know that by God’s providence, he has brought them to us for his divine purposes. And, we know the Spirit is aware of our circumstances, and He brings comfort to us because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:27). “The Spirit Himself intercedes for us” (Romans 8:26), and without His assistance, we might be too weak to endure, but the Spirit helps and strengthens our weakness by inspiring our prayers. What a blessing!

“Though He slays me, yet will I trust in Him.”

Job 13:15

When Satan is defeated, then shall the battle cease (Spurgeon). Believer, when we allow ourselves to accept the providence of God in our lives as well as other’s lives, we will submit to his providence, not desiring to become our own or someone else’s providence. When you have submitted your circumstances to God and have aligned your will and prayers to His government, Satan is defeated, and the battle within you will cease. I trust you, Lord! Teach me through all of my troublesome and painful circumstances, for I know the overarching aim in all of your providence is love.

In His grace,

Amanda

Transformed

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There is nothing like the absolute radiant beauty of Jesus Christ. When Jesus transformed on the mountain in front of Peter, James, and John, his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. We also become transformed in front of those around us, as a result of completely different thinking, when we come into agreement with the renewing Word of God. Also, as a result of the covenant, all believers have unveiled glory (regeneration, justification, and sanctification) and in the future will receive a heavenly glorification. The bottom line of these verses? Transformation brings noticeable change. Your transformation is expected to be noticed by those around you. Desire to always be transformed more and more into His image and less and less of your own. Ask Him for it. Allow Him to be on display in your life. Make Him known to those around you. Be radiantly transformed.

He was transformed in front of them, and His face shone like the sun. Even His clothes became as white as the light.

Matthew 17:2

After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up on a high mountain by themselves to be alone. He was transformed in front of them, and His clothes became dazzling — extremely white as no launderer on earth could whiten them.

Mark 9:2

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2

We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 2:18

The Spirit of the Lord will control you, you will prophesy with them, and you will be transformed into a different person.

1 Samuel 10:6

Food may come from the earth, but below the surface the earth is transformed as by fire.

Job 28:5

Job was describing the mining processes in this verse. In some of the mining processes, fire was used whereby material was detached from the earth and made to yield their treasures of beautiful stones. In our own lives, fiery trials will be the tool that reveals God’s most precious treasures He has implanted in us. When we realize the stunning, all-surpassing pearl within us and its power to transform us through our most difficult and painful experiences, we become transfigured and those with eyes to see behold the brilliance of God. Thank you, Lord for your transforming Word and the gift of Your Spirit.

In his grace,

Amanda