Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Pastor Karen Robinson, Chaplain
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The Power of Gratitude
We have so much to be grateful for each day. But reality is that sometimes constant life’s demands, struggles, and worries give more room to defeat than to a heart of gratitude. We forget, during our daily woes and valleys, to pause and give God thanks, thanks for all that He has done, thanks for the good, bad and indifferences. Thanks for the highs and the lows, but most importantly thanks for life, health, strength and everything He continues to do for us.
Sometimes it becomes a sacrifice to offer praise because we don’t feel victorious. We may even feel as if God has abandoned us in the midst of our process. That He doesn’t care about the blows life throws us.
I have great news, there is a way to change your perspective, it’s called choice. We have a choice to give God praise and offer thanks to Him. With a heart of gratitude, no matter what we are facing, choose to include God in the process. Know that God doesn’t work to change our situations; he helps us through them so that we may grow, spiritually, mentally and in our relationship with Him.
2 Corinthians 12: 8-10 says 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. (The infirmity, the pain, the distractions, the struggles etc.) 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
What are you saying Pastor K? What I am saying is, even though we may sometimes feel defeated, weak and overwhelmed, know that God will and is standing strong for you! Know that God’s strength is perfect in your weakness and He will carry you through in the midst of it all. All you have to do is give thanks. When you’re weary… Give thanks! When the burden of losing a loved one is heavy on your heart… Give thanks! When the dr. gives you a dissatisfying report…Give thanks! For it is with a thankful heart there is God’s Strength and Grace! Because at those moments we know and understand that God is in control!
This Thanksgiving as you gather with your friends and loved ones to offer up a heart of gratitude, remember 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”
Remember where you were and where God has brought you from. Take a look around and thank Him for what is surrounding you and the journey of life ahead of you.
We thank you for all things, for we know that it is within your good and perfect will. We thank you for a day set aside as a nation to acknowledge you and just to say thank you. Thank you for our all you’ve done and all you are going to do. Thank you for your amazing power and work that you are doing in our lives, thank you for your goodness and your blessing, your grace and your mercy that you extend daily. Thank you for strengthening us for your purpose and that you are always with us and will never leave us. We give you praise for everything that we have and the abundant joy that floods our souls in times we need you the most for it is at that time that we understand that we have a heart of gratitude and we are not alone, but you are right there with us!
In Jesus’ Name we pray
Pastor K., Chaplain, PFPMA
I’d like to take a moment to share a though with you; I read an article in a magazine about a 14-year veteran of the Navy SEALs describing the color code system they use to indicate levels of combat readiness, as I was reading I soon discovered that each stage has a parallel in spiritual warfare.
Condition white: the soldier is relaxed and daydreaming, unaware of his surroundings. A Christian in this condition is easy prey for satan.
Condition yellow: the soldier is relaxed physically but alert mentally. A believer at this level may sense trouble coming, but he’s not ready to confront it.
Condition orange: The soldier is physically prepared, mentally alert, and ready to fight. A believer at this stage has on the full armor of God.
Condition red: As in condition orange, the soldier is ready to fight, but the difference is experience.
You see, a battled-seasoned Christian knows quickly what to do because of their experience and familiarity with the word of God, AND, they are fully equipped according to Ephesians 6:14-18, Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, we are reminded to be alert and stay on constant prayer for all. For if we stay alert and armed, we can fend off satan’s most powerful attacks!
Stay alert Soldiers for the weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
Elder Karen Robinson, Chaplain, PFPMA