Thanksgiving is ALL I Have

Psalm 100:4

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

What can I give to the Lord that is truly mine to give?

He is King of heaven and earth and therefore owns it all. He gives us stewardship responsibility for everything at our disposal. How we buy and sell anything is simply the means of exchange – He still owns it all. Yet the one thing I can give Him from my most inner being is the absolute appreciation for everything He has done, is doing, and yet to do in our world called life.

The Bible speaks about the sacrifice of thanksgiving which is our attitude and manner of expressing the gratitude to the one who owns it all.

When we initially focus our attention toward Him, we approach His presence through the doorway of thanksgiving. For thanksgiving:

  • Acknowledges Him for Who He IS.
  • Expresses our attitude of repentance.
  • Shows our gratefulness.
  • Reveals our inner heart.
  • Reflects on His story.
  • Reminds us He is our Lord and we are His servant.
  • Empties the self by replacing the self with Him.
  • Restores the mindfulness of His daily presence.
  • Helps us to focus on the important values of life.
  • Rejoices over His salvation for humanity.
  • Rejuvenates the soul.
  • Gives glory to HIM Who deserves ALL glory and honor and praise.
  • Everything else is His. But my response of thankfulness is all I have to truly give Him.

How do you express your thankfulness to Him?

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Are We Worshiping God or Self?

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”  Romans 12:1 NIV.

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Do we really know how to worship?

Last Sunday while praising God through song, I stopped for a moment to analyze the words coming from my mouth. Suddenly I stopped singing and began to question my heart. Did I truly believe what I was saying?

The song we were singing was more about praising us than him. The name of the song really doesn’t matter, for I am sure the person who wrote it was truly expressing what was in their heart. But for me, it was like thanking God ONLY because of what was in it for me.

As a disciple of His, we crucified the self years ago. Yes, it arises occasionally to cause mischief, but most of the time it is dead. As a dead man walking in Christ, it is no longer about me, but HIM.

The words of the song though was about 80% me and 20% God. Is that worship? Or is that simply praising Him for what he has done for us?

Do we worship God because what is in it for me or do we worship God because of who He IS?

When the three men during Daniel’s time chose the furnace rather than bow to an image, they chose to worship God whether or not they survived the ordeal.

When the apostle Paul chose to go to Jerusalem even though the prophet told him his life would be in extreme danger and hardship, Paul chose to face death rather than the easy way out.

On the other hand, when Lucifer saw how beautiful he was made, he chose to worship himself rather than God. He allowed pride to gain access into his being and now lives under the condemned name of Satan.

Sorry, worship is not about you or me. In fact, worship is not even what God has done for you. Instead, worship is simply acknowledging Him for solely Who He IS while we function in life as His living sacrifice.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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