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Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Remember to praise God. For some this comes almost naturally, like breathing - and others struggle with this. During blessing, great favor, or answered prayers we strive to do more for God, work harder, be better – and we only glance at the reality that God has done it all in our lives! Spend more than a moment rejoicing. We are to pray continually in all circumstances because it can and will drive our gratitude and help us remember to praise Him! No matter the situation or circumstance, anchor yourself in Christ.
All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change.
In the light, shadows are always shifting. Throughout any day, the direction you find your shadow in changes, it also changes depending on the direction that the light is coming from. God is not the shadow, He is the light. God’s position does not change, He has always been good, always been love, and is ever faithful. All good and perfect gifts are from Him. They come from God. We have nothing that is not a gift from Him, because we cannot produce good fruit apart from the true vine that is Jesus Christ. Recognize your source of life – our loving Father in Heaven through Jesus!
From one man he made every nation of the human race to inhabit the entire earth, determining their set times and the fixed limits of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope around for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move about and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’
Take an extra moment today and let this sink into your heart. Noah was the man that all nations were made from, a man who found favor in the eyes of God. This verse indicates that God has setup history as a divine outworking of a plan filled with mercy, grace, and opportunity for us to seek Him as our loving Father. My heart leaps each time my children reach for me, something I cannot express in words. God set everything up so that we would have every opportunity to reach for him, just like a little child would reach for a parent. Reach and cry out “Abba!” Daddy!
The God who made the world and everything in it, who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives life and breath and everything to everyone.
In the Old Testament, God chose to reveal His presence through the tabernacle, and eventually through temples that were built to house the “Ark of the Covenant.” That ark was to symbolize God’s covenant with Abraham, and to remind Israel that they had a God who was with them. God did not need a place to stay on this earth, it’s not like He was homeless and just wanted a tent. God provided Holy purpose to His people through these efforts. God gave them life and purpose, direction and hope, a strong tower and salvation from Egypt…from sin…from being separate from Him.
The Lord owns the earth and all it contains, the world and all who live in it. For he set its foundation upon the seas, and established it upon the ocean currents.
Genesis 1:2 echoes this truth, as that was when God existed over the waters when the earth was formless and empty. Everything was created through our awesome God. This is one of those “amazing” truths when we should be hit with awestruck wonder. Today, consider the unbelievable power and creativity that was needed to establish the earth. Before there was anything, God IS. That God is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who was hovering over the waters in Genesis. Lord, you are capable of anything. Today, help us to trust you anew with everything!