ARE YOU JESUS’S FAIR WEATHER FRIEND?

Do you love, praise, and thank the Lord when all goes well and we are in good health and are in the chips and the blessings are flowing.

I think sometimes the Lord turns off or down the springs or the flow of God’s blessings to test us, and to see if we will still love Him, and bless Him, and thank Him, and praise Him. The Bible says; “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.”(Psalm 34:1-2). We need to praise Him at all times, good or bad. Please Him by praising Him even if you don’t feel like it. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”(Psalm 34:19). “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.”(Hebrews 12:11-13). “We love Him, because He first loved us.”(1 John 4:19). Jesus said, “ for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5b). “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”(Philippians 4:13). So if you just feel you can’t praise the Lord because of the situation you are going through and it’s just to hard just ask Jesus to help you to praise Him and He will, and just do it by faith, because “without faith it is impossible to please Him.”(Hebrews 11:6). All love comes from God. There are three main types of LOVE in the Greek language, Agape, (God’s Love) Eros, (Love for pleasure), and Philia (Love for self and other pursuits). Lord help us to keep Agape Love First ! “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”( Matthew 22:37-39).

We can’t see Love, it is an invisible force, but we sure can see and feel the results of Love. “whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:”(1 Peter 1:8).

Look at Job he was tested to the brink of death and even lost his family and his wealth and health, even his wife told him to curse God and die. Yet Job said; “Though he slay me yet will I trust Him”(Job 13:15a), and the Lord restored all to him even better. Job was the first Book written in the Bible, even before the Book Genesis. Was God trying to tell us something? “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”(James 1:2-4). “that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” (1Peter 1:7). Jesus help us to be thankful for everything, even the good and the bad. This is easier said than done, but by God’s grace and help we can do it. “Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.”( 1 Thessalonians 5:17-19). Remember Romans 8:28 when your going thru it.“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

” WE HAVE COME THIS FAR BY FAITH LEANING ON THE LORD TRUSTING IN HIS HOLY WORD, HE’S NEVER FAILED US YET !!!

Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

THIS IS THE WAY TO FIGHT YOUR BATTLES

Got any rivers you think are uncross able, got any mountains you can’t tunnel through ? God specializes in things that are impossible, and he can do what no other one can do !

2 Chronicles 20:1-29 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

20 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazon-tamar, which is En-gedi. And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, and said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. 10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; 11 behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. 12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. 13 And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation; 15 and he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. 18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord. 19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.

22  And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. 23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another. 24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. 25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.

26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the Lord: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day. 27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies. 28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the Lord. 29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel.

SAY THIS PRAYER IF YOU WANT TO BE SAVED

Dear Jesus Christ, Please come into my Heart, I now accept you as my Savior, The only begotten Son of God ,I Believe you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead, Please forgive me of all my sins and fill me with the Holy Spirit, to give me the power to be a witness and to preach the Gospel in all the world. AMEN.

To Marry or not to Marry?

You should never marry the person you can live with, but marry the person you can’t live with out.

Marriage will cause some problems, but it most generally will solve more problems than it creates.

A single man is half a man, and a single woman is half a woman.

Ever wish you had 4 hands, 4 arms, and 4 legs? Get married.

Having children or adopting will help consolidate a marriage.

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? (Ecclesiastes 4:9-11)

“And the Lord God said,It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”(Genesis 2:18).

“And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”(Genesis 2:20-25).

The Lord made Eve, Adam’s wife, out of a rib close to his heart.

One day the Lord was walking in the garden of Eden with Adam, and Adam asked the Lord, why he made Eve so beautiful? The Lord told him, so you would love her Adam. Adam thought on that for awhile, then he asked the Lord, but why did you make her so stupid? The Lord answered him and said, so she would love you Adam. (Ha ! Ha !).

It says in Revelations 2:6 that Jesus hates the deeds of the Nicolatines. It is most commonly thought by many Theologians and Scholars that the deeds of the Nicolatines was their refusal to marry and have children.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:(1Timothy 4:1-4).

How can any body lead or teach any body about raising a family with children who have never had any of their own, or even married?

If you have had a few bad experiences don’t give up, pray and put your request in to Jesus. Sometimes you have to get thrown a few times before you can learn to ride.

You need a partner to help you through this life.

Me & my wife both said we would never bring children into this world. Well we ended up with 16. If you want to make God & Jesus Christ his Son, and the Holy Spirit laugh just tell them your plans.

Behind every great man is a great woman. The man is the head of the household, and the woman is the neck that turns the head.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be subject to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”(Ephesians 5:22-33). Make sure you are both in agreement with these scripture verses or keep on looking, save yourself a lot of grief, but don’t wait to long for the perfect person because that will never happen. You better look deeper than the outward appearance.

Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen

Do you HOPE or Are you EXPECTING ?

Hope is an interesting Word. It is used in the King James English Bible. A popular verse of scripture is found in (1Corinthians 13:13) “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” The question that comes to me is, is Hope really certain? Does it sound like your sure about it, or are you just Hoping it is? In Hebrew the word Hope means you know that God will do something because he has done it before, and he can do it again. In Greek the word Hope means to Expect something to happen. What ever it is that you want to happen. Like Jesus said in (Mark 9:23) “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” Perhaps a better translation for the King James’s 70 scholars, which took them ten years to translate the King James Bible into English from Hebrew and Greek, would have been to use the word Expect or Expecting instead of Hope which sounds more poetical and grammatically appealing. Remember Jesus also said in (Mark 11:23) “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” To me this sounds more solid and knowing and expecting and believing than Hoping. This expecting kind of faith is what pleases God more than just hoping what you pray for will happen. Like what it says in (Hebrews 11:6) “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” So may the Lord help us to not be wishy washy in our Prayers, but to be expecting and knowing that what we pray for is already done by faith not just hoping it is. (James 1:6-8) says “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” So have faith beloved when you pray and expect, and believe, and know for sure that it is done, and it is done. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)

Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believed you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen

THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” ( Philippians 3:13-14). We need to ask the Lord, “Am I doing The High Calling of God In Christ Jesus?” Jesus tried to tell us about this when he said; “For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.” ( Matthew 26:11). There are many good things you can do, and helping the poor is surely one of them. “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.” (Psalm 41:1). But is this the most important, most needed job, the highest calling of God for you? The highest calling of God is to obey the Great Commission, which is to; “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15). What are you doing to obey this High Calling? Why should anyone hear the Gospel twice when some have never heard it once? Let me spell it out for you. Don’t get caught in the quicksand of the devils side tracks. Get focused! There are many good causes that you can get caught up in. Get behind a true move of God that is truly teaching the Word of God (like www.answersintheword.com) and do all you can to help promote getting the Gospel out to the unreached World while you can !! “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30). Don’t settle for a little good when you can do better. You are writing your own paycheck with God.

 

 

 

Inspiring Jewels of Truth ! ! !

 ( Please read each one slowly and meditate on each one.)

 

Real Men Love Jesus!

 “I have not yet begun to fight!”- John Paul Jones.

 Our purpose is to love God and enjoy his Creation forever, and to help others do the same.

 Only one life, twill soon be past, Only what is done for Christ shall last!

 Live every day to its fullest. There is no guarantee of tomorrow ! Today is the tomorrow that you dreamed of yesterday.

 Men of force are men of faults.

 Meekness is no weakness it is strength under control.

 GRACE is a Gift Received at Christ’s Expense.

 There is nothing more important and valuable  than your Relationship with Jesus !

 You brought nothing into this world and it is certain that you can take nothing out of it, except the souls you have won or helped to win to Jesus !

 The way to spell JOY is Jesus, Others, and then You.

 “Most of the things I worried about never came to pass anyway.” Mark Twain”

 Prayer and communion with God is something that you can always be doing, no matter what else you are doing.

 You can’t know the love of Jesus until you give him your Heart.

 You can’t out give God . He will top your sacrifice every time. “The Lord loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Before counting others faults take time to count ten. Ten of your own.

 Those who cannot forgive break down the bridge over which they themselves must pass.

 More of Jesus, less of me. Oh Lord please let it be.

 There is no greater power in the Universe than the Love of God, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, and the preaching of the Cross !!!

 When you work, work with all your heart. When you play, Play with all your heart, and don’t mix the two !

 Three men were walking on a wall feeling, faith, and fact. Feeling had an awful fall, and faith was taken back. Only fact remained, and fact pulled up faith, and faith pulled up feeling, and they walked on the wall again.!   Want more faith ? Get more Word !

 Your friends don’t need an explanation, and your enemies wouldn’t believe it anyway.

 “If you judge people ,then you have no time to love them.” Mother Teresa.

 “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rodgers.

 “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.

 “My concern is not whether God is on our side. My greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” Abraham Lincoln.

 Nothing short of right is right.

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. One lie can never stand alone. It always needs more and more to prop it up. 

 Funny thing about common sense, it’s not that common.

 Following Jesus is the greatest, most important , most rewarding, most exciting, and funniest job of all !

A single man is only half of a man ! Don’t marry the person you can live, with marry the one you can’t live without !

A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion  still ! Some peoples minds are made up and they don’t want to be confused with the facts !

Anger is only one letter away from danger !

WHO OR WHAT DO YOU PUT YOUR TRUST IN?

The middle of the Bible says…” better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man”. Palms 118:8  This is the heart and center of the Bible.

This is really the main lesson in the Bible that the Lord wants us to learn. To love him and trust in him ever since Adam & Eve sinned by disobeying God in the Garden of Eden. They learned to know God in a different way by his love and grace and mercy.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish form the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Palms 2:12

“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee”. Palms 9:10

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” Palms 28:7

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Palms 34:8

“The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.” Palms 34:22

Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I  believed you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD

Someone once asked me “Where in the Bible did Jesus say that he is the Son Of God?

“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17

And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.” Matthew 17:1-8.

 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:4

 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1John 4:10

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

“Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: but when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Galatians 4:3-5

 (which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)  concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: Romans 1:2-4

“and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22

I am glad I know the scripture, Jesus said; ” I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.” John 10:30-38

 “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  John 3:17

  “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36

Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I  believed you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

 

THANKSGIVING DAY PRAYER

Following a resolution of Congress, President George Washington proclaimed Thursday the 26th of November 1789 a day of “public thanksgiving and  prayer” devoted to “the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” Reflecting American religious practice, Presidents and Congresses from the beginning of the republic have from time to time designated days of fasting and thanksgiving (the Thanksgiving holiday we continue to celebrate on the third Thursday of November was established by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War). In setting aside a day for Thanksgiving, Washington established a non-sectarian tone for these devotions and stressed political, moral, and intellectual blessings that make self-government possible, in addition to personal and national repentance. Although the First Amendment prevents Congress from establishing a religion or prohibiting its free exercise, Presidents, as well as Congress, have always recognized the American regard for sacred practices and beliefs. Thus, throughout American history, Presidents have offered non-sectarian prayers for the victory of the military and in the wake of catastrophes. Transcending passionate quarrels over the proper role of religion in politics, the Thanksgiving Proclamation reminds us how natural their relationship has been. While church and state are separate, religion and politics, in their American refinement, prop each other up.

Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:” Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

G. Washington

Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believed you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen

DON’T WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW

Take one day at a time. God gives you faith for the day. Faith for the hour.If you start thinking too far in the future it can get very trying to say the least. There is a certain peace that comes when we don’t worry about tomorrow. In fact Jesus said, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”( Matthew 6:34). There is enough to have to deal with today, instead of borrowing tomorrows care. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”(1 Corinthians 10:13). Just love the Lord right now and trust him for tomorrow. After all God lives in the eternal now where time does not exist, and so can we when we yield to His Spirit. Jesus gives us grace, and strength for the day, and the hour, and the minute, and the second, one second at a time. That’s why he commanded us to take no thought or worry about tomorrow. It’s not just a suggestion or a good idea. It’s a commandment from the Lord himself. “Put your hand in the hand of the man who walked on the water, and calmed the troubled sea. “See that ye be not troubled.” “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10a). Lord help us to learn to rest in you. So let us try it, we might like it.

Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believed you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.