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The First Thanksgiving
1. The First Thanksgiving Proclamation (June 20, 1676)
2. Understanding Thanksgiving
3. Congressional Record, September 25, 1789
4. A NATIONAL THANKSGIVING
5. Abraham Lincoln (October 3, 1863, passed by an Act of Congress.)
“Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.” (1 Chron. 16:8).
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thess. 5:18).
THE FIRST THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION – JUNE 20, 1676: “The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present War with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgments he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard; reserving many of our Towns from Desolation Threatened, and attempted by the Enemy, and giving us especially of late with many of our Confederates many signal Advantages against them, without such Disadvantage to ourselves as formerly we have been sensible of, if it be the Lord’s mercy that we are not consumed, It certainly bespeaks our positive Thankfulness, when our Enemies are in any measure disappointed or destroyed; and fearing the Lord should take notice under so many Intimations of his returning mercy, we should be found an Insensible people, as not standing before Him with thanksgiving, as well as lading him with our Complaints in the time of pressing Afflictions.”
The First Thanksgiving Proclamation (June 20, 1676)
On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. By unanimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving, our first.
The celebration we now popularly regard as the “First Thanksgiving” was the Pilgrims’ three-day feast celebrated in early November of 1621 (although a day of thanks in America was observed in Virginia at Cape Henry in 1607). The first Thanksgiving to God in the Calvinist tradition in Plymouth Colony was actually celebrated during the summer of 1623, when the colonists declared a Thanksgiving holiday after their crops were saved by much-needed rainfall.
The Pilgrims left Plymouth, England, on September 6, 1620, sailing for a new world that offered the promise of both civil and religious liberty. The Pilgrims had earlier left England in 1608, as the Church of England had curtailed their freedom to worship according to their individual consciences.
The Pilgrims had settled in Holland for twelve years, where they found spiritual liberty in the midst of a disjointed economy (which failed to provide adequate compensation for their labors) and a dissolute, degraded, corrupt culture (which tempted their children to stray from faith). For almost three months, 102 seafarers braved harsh elements to arrive off the coast of what is now Massachusetts, in late November of 1620. On December 11, prior to disembarking at Plymouth Rock, they signed the “Mayflower Compact,” America’s original document of civil government and the first to introduce self-government. While still anchored at Provincetown harbor, their Pastor John Robinson counseled, “You are become a body politic … and are to have only them for your… governors which yourselves shall make choice of.”
The Pilgrims were Separatists, America’s Calvinist Protestants, who rejected the institutional Church of England. They believed that the worship of God must originate in the inner man, and that corporate forms of worship prescribed by man interfered with the establishment of a true relationship with God. The Separatists used the term “church” to refer to the people, the Body of Christ, not to a building or institution. As their Pastor John Robinson said, “[When two or three are] gathered in the name of Christ by a covenant made to walk in all the way of God known unto them as a church .”
Upon landing in America, the Pilgrims conducted a prayer service, then quickly turned to building shelters. Starvation and sickness during the ensuing New England winter killed almost half their population, but through prayer and hard work, with the assistance of their Indian friends, the Pilgrims reaped a rich harvest in the summer of 1621. Most of what we know about the Pilgrim Thanksgiving of 1621 comes from original accounts of the young colony’s leaders, Governor William Bradford and Master Edward Winslow, in their own hand. “They begane now to gather in ye small harvest they had, and to fitte up their houses and dwellings against winter, being well recovered in health & strenght, and had all things in good plenty; for some were thus imployed in affairs abroad, others were excersised in fishing, aboute codd, & bass, & other fish, of which yey tooke good store, of which every family had their portion. All ye somer ther was no wante. And now begane to come in store of foule, as winter aproached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degree). And besids water foule, ther was great store of wild Turkies, of which they took many, besids venison, &c. Besids they had aboute a peck a meale a weeke to a person, or now since harvest, Indean corne to yt proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largly of their plenty hear to their freinds in England, which were not fained, but true reports.” W.B. (William Bradford)
“Our Corne did proue well, & God be praysed, we had a good increase of Indian Corne, and our Barly indifferent good, but our Pease not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sowne, they came vp very well, and blossomed, but the Sunne parched them in the blossome; our harvest being gotten in, our Governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a more speciall manner reioyce together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labors; they foure in one day killed as much fowle, as with a little helpe beside, served the Company almost a weeke, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Armes, many of the Indians coming amongst vs, and among the rest their greatest King Massasoyt, with some nintie men,
whom for three dayes we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed fiue Deere, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed upon our Governour, and upon the Captaine, and others. And although it be not alwayes so plentifull, as it was at this time with vs, yet by the goodneses of God, we are so farre from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.” E.W. (Edward Winslow) Plymouth, in New England, this 11th of December, 1621.
The feast included foods suitable for a head table of honored guests, such as the chief men of the colony and Native leaders Massasoit (“Great Leader” also known as Ousamequin “Yellow Feather”), the sachem (chief) of Pokanoket (Pokanoket is the area at the head of Narragansett Bay). Venison, wild fowl, turkeys and Indian corn were the staples of the meal, which likely also included other food items known to have been aboard the Mayflower or available in Plymouth, such as spices, Dutch cheese, wild grapes, lobster, cod, native melons, pumpkin (pompion) and rabbit.
By the mid-17th century, the custom of autumnal Thanksgivings was established throughout New England. Observance of Thanksgiving Festivals began to spread southward during the American Revolution, as the newly established Congress officially recognized the need to celebrate this holy day.
The first Thanksgiving Proclamation was issued by the revolutionary
Continental Congress on November 1, 1777. Authored by Samuel Adams, it was one sentence of 360 words, which read in part: “Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received…together with penitent confession of their sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor; and their humble and earnest supplications that it may please God through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance…it is therefore recommended…to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feeling of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their Divine Benefactor…acknowledging with gratitude their obligations to Him for benefits received….To prosper the means of religion, for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth ‘in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost’.”
It was one-hundred and eighty years after the first day of thanksgiving in America, that our Founding Fathers officially recognized the day by proclamation of the Constitutional government. Soon after adopting the Bill of Rights, a motion in Congress to initiate the proclamation of a national day of thanksgiving was approved.
Congressional Record, September 25, 1789
“Mr. [Elias] Boudinot (who was the President of Congress during the American Revolution) said he could not think of letting the congressional session pass over without offering an opportunity to all the citizens of the United States of joining with one voice in returning to Almighty God their sincere thanks for the many blessings He had poured down upon them. With this view, therefore, he would move the following resolution: Resolved, That a joint committee of both Houses be directed to wait upon the President of the United States to request that he would 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 signal favors of Almighty God….
“Mr. [Roger] Sherman (a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution) justified the practice of thanksgiving on any signal event not only as a laudable one in itself, but as warranted by a number of precedents in Holy Writ….This example he thought worthy of a Christian imitation on the present occasion; and he would agree with the gentleman who moved the resolution….The question was put on the resolution and it was carried in the affirmative.”
This resolution was delivered to President George Washington, who readily agreed with its suggestion and put forth the following proclamation by his signature:
A NATIONAL THANKSGIVING
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 favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, 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 supplication to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; 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 3d day of October, AD 1789 George Washington
After 1815, prophetically, there were no further annual proclamations of Thanksgiving until the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln declared November 26, 1863, the last Thursday in November, a Day of Thanksgiving. In early July of 1863, there were some 50,000 American casualties at the Battle of Gettysburg, and President Lincoln traveled to the field of battle some four months afterward to deliver the “Gettysburg Address.” Deeply moved by the sacrifice of these soldiers, Lincoln first committed his life to Christ while walking among the graves there. He later explained: “When I left Springfield [to become President] I asked the people to pray for me. I was not a Christian when I buried my son, the severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ.”
During this time of internal strife in the United States, and at this turning point in his own spiritual life, President Lincoln issued the following proclamation.
PROCLAMATION OF THANKSGIVING BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful years and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the Source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence….
In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than theretofore.
Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Abraham Lincoln (October 3, 1863, passed by an Act of Congress.)
That proclamation was repeated for the following 75 years by every subsequent president. The humble, grateful spirit attendant to those celebrations was expressed in such statements as this by Theodore Roosevelt: “No people on earth have more cause to be thankful than ours, and this is said reverently, in no spirit of boastfulness in our own strength, but with the gratitude to the Giver of good who has blessed us.”
However, in 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving Day up one week earlier than had been tradition, to appease merchants who wanted more time to feed the growing pre-Christmas consumer frenzy. Folding to congressional pressure two years later, Roosevelt signed a resolution returning Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday of November, as Congress in 1941 permanently set the fourth Thursday of each November as our national day of Thanksgiving.
Roosevelt’s inclination to subsume Thanksgiving for commercial interests foretold much of the secular inversion of “thanksgiving” to come. In autumns we now exist amid the oppression of crass materialism in advance of that December day when we give thanks for the birth of Christ, oppression vastly different but somehow remarkably similar to that experienced by our Pilgrim forefathers in England. And, at all times we move amid the seduction of cultural decadence in our everyday lives, again remarkably similar to that tempting our Pilgrim forebears and their families in Holland. Nevertheless, for all the decay and dissolution assailing us, we are still at our core, a nation deeply blessed by God. In our age of great, widespread physical and material comfort, and sensory satiety and satiation, our deepest deficits are spiritual ones — most especially, a lack of accurate perception of the depth and breadth of the bounties that God alone has bestowed upon us. Too often, we look to government as the provider and guarantor of the many blessings we enjoy, rather than to our Heavenly Father. And, also too often, we forget to gratefully cherish the best of our national blessings, that liberty for which our Pilgrim forebears were willing to risk all comfort and security. As Abraham Lincoln noted so many years ago, “…[It is] announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord….It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.”
On this Day of Thanksgiving, may God rest your heart and mind, may He bless and keep you and your family, and may He continue to extend His blessings upon our great nation, guiding us one and all by His Word. May He grant us patience and perseverance in the unexpected turns and tests of our age. May He impress upon us the spirit of our forefathers, their soul-deep craving for freedom, expressed with courage and wisdom, as we meet the particular challenges of our days.
And let us always approach our Heavenly Father with true thankfulness — not just today, but every day — not only in our triumphs, but also in our trials — by acknowledging our utter dependence on Him to supply our wants and needs, for in Him we live and move and have our being. Even self-reliance is, at its root, reliance on Him:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:6-7
I'm not going to pretend that life isn't hard, depressing, or messy at times. I have had my share of each, and each day brings its own challenges and struggles. Often in these hard times the Devil tries to whisper small nothings in your ears that travels to your mind and infiltrate the way of thought. Once the negativity gets to the Brain we often start to really believe those things. We question whether God truly hears our prayers. Praying for the same things and more each and everyday. But for some reason God didn't answer yet. Our faith becomes weak, we feel beat down, and succumb to the hardship in life. But can I just tell you something? I have learn this as it is stated in 2 Peter 3 Verse 8 " A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day." Isn't that verse powerful and amazing? Just think about it, that one thing or various things you've been praying for God probably is going to grant your tomorrow if you would just trust him. Put your faith in him and not have unwavering faith every time something bad happens.
If God suffered for our sins, and suffered here on earth as a result of humans, do you truly think that you won't face hard times? I thank God for the hard-times that shaped me into a better follower of our Lord God. So what is my point in writing this? I want to encourage each of you who may read this that God is always on time. Keep on pushing, never give up. God will never give you more than you can handle. Our Lord God is a teaching God, everything that is going to happen in your life is already planned. Matthew 6 Verse 25 " That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life- whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear." God carried you this far, so why would he all of a sudden just leave you hanging. Keep holding on, keep living for God, keep praying, keep praising God. God knows your thoughts years before you even thought about a particular thing. God is a great and almighty God and he will always carry you through the shadow of death and through the fire. God loves his children, but you have to show God that you are serious by having unwavering faith. Thank you God for all you've done for each of us. We thank you for both the good and bad, the past and the future to come if it is your will. God bless each of you, and hold on. Please be encouraged by this beautiful song. God bless you =)
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"Refuse all refugees" ... "We must nuke ISIS!!!"
What does this mean?
When the Lord decided that despite the fact that our righteousness is but filthy rags, when He noticed our wickedness, He chose to suffer and die for us instead of destroying us in His wrath. Jesus told us that we must pick up our cross and follow Him. He told us that we must die to ourselves and the things of this Earth. Are we truly followers of Christ if we are not willing to love these people even though they might cause us harm.
What if Jesus didn't die for us because He knew that we were going to spit on Him, reject Him, mock Him, torture Him? What if He changed His mind walking to Golgotha? What then?
Jesus told us that we must love our enemies. How is refusing the refugees loving them?
And nuking them ends any chance for them to meet Jesus. That would be doing exactly what the devil wants, sending these people who Jesus died for straight to Hell instead of praying for them. Do you love God if you do not love whom He loves? He loved us while we were still sinners. He loves them!
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." (James 1:27)
If you claim to love Jesus, You must obey Him, as He said, “If you love me, keep my commands." (John 14:15)
Here is what the Lord says:
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
To me, the current attitude of a lot of Christians regarding Muslims shows a sincere lack of faith in God. Do you believe God has everything under control? Do you truly trust your life to Him? Are you truly surrendered to Him, or do you love your life and have not given it to Him fully?
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Dearest Loved Ones,
Have you counted your blessings lately? Like that chinese food that came in freshly cooked and not burnt! You Should! I've read many requests of those troubled with problems and out of sorts. Many times it's simply a test. Need a way out of no way? One way to please God and do his will is to give thanks.
1 Thessalonians 5:18King James Version (KJV) In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. There are just a number of things we can be thankful for. The forgiveness of your sins, the amazing grace of God, the promises he makes and fulfills, his power, his love, his protection...there is no end to his blessings! hallelujah! Yet..wait..there are so many who are ungrateful, who never give God credit for anything like keeping them safe from all harm and danger in life. Perhaps you know a few! lol
Even Folks in church..those who have never gone out of there way to help you..but have taken your "christian kindness" for weakness and left you hurt and dissapointed..know what i'm saying?
Today, no matter how you've been "used and abused", no matter how bleak things may be in your home, or how empty your money bag, Psalm 92:1 reminds us to: Give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing Praises to his name." If you want the enemy to tremble when you pray. wanting God to move on your behalf, needing your circumstances to change..agreeing in prayer and thanksgiving can make it all happen! 1Thessalonians 5:17. GLORY! "PRAISE THE LORD..HE IS GOOD AND HIS MERCY ENDURETH FOREVER." PSALM 106:1. It's all about being thankful ya'll!..this thanksgiving is more than football and huge dinners..turkey and stuffing, sweet potato pie, and pumpkin pie..it's being grateful for a roof over your head! living this long! How many don't look like what u been through? i know i don't. If he's kept u in ur right mind, Oh bro's and sisters, who wouldn't serve a God like this?
My prayer and the more who agree with thanksgiving the more God will move. Because he's not just moved by our circumstance he's moved by our faith according to his will!
LOrd, in Jesus Name, in total agreement we enter ur courts with Praise and give you thanks for renewing prayer request. Grant us your grace, peace and angelic holy ghost fire protection always and everywhere. Grant us the breakthroughs and deliverances we seek in our lives with blessings, keep us healthy and prosper us. In Yahushua's Name..You are awesome God, u reign from heaven above!
The first day I will TRULY NOT allow satan to have a place in me, I know it'll be a struggle but I ask any readers to pray for me to get through it
Today I barely feel like doing anything other then listening to gospel music/praying and so on. Video games and so on just seem so boring to me today, actually anything not relating to god does, its odd to feel as if I have no attachment to video games, after playing them all the time for roughly 8 years (since I was roughly 7).
Some temptation to do sins is attacking me today, but not that bad yet at least.. its only 10:00 AM so far, but I will push on!
GBU all and shalom!
Isa.55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
There is no need to pass through years of penance, of hard labor, and of trial; the gospel is as free as the air you breathe. You do not pay for breathing; you do not pay for seeing the sunlight, nor for the water that flows in the river as you stoop to drink when you thirst. So the gospel is free; nothing is to be done in order to get it. No merits need be brought in order to obtain it. There is free pardon for the chief of sinners through Jesus Christ's blood. But I said it was a full pardon. When Christ does anything he never does it half way. He is willing to blot out every sin and cleanse every iniquity of every soul who is now prepared by God's grace to seek his mercy. Sinners if God has put it in your heart to seek Him, the pardon which He has prepared to give you, is a full one; not a pardon for part of your sins, but for all of them.
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Here and now is pardon for your drunkenness, pardon for your broken promises, pardon for your lust, pardon for your rebellion against God; for the sins of your youth and the sins of your old age. Here is pardon for all sin, for "the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." But again, the pardon we preach is a present pardon. If you are feeling the need for your Savior, if you are now enabled to believe in Christ and call on Him, you shall be pardoned now. Those who have ordinary hopes say they hope to be pardoned and saved when they come to die. But, beloved, that is not the salvation we preach. If you now confess your sin, now seek the Lord, you shall be pardoned now. It is possible for a man to have come here with all his sins hanging about his neck like a millstone, enough to sink him lower than the lowest hell, and yet to go out with every sin blotted out. If now he is enabled to believe on Jesus and call on His name, he may at this time receive perfect pardon from the hand of God. The pardon of a sinner is not a thing done when he is dying, it is done when he is living-done now.
2 Cor. 6:2 For He says, I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured you: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
There are some here I trust, who can already rejoice now in the fact that they are pardoned. Isn't it a wonderful thing for a man to be able to walk upon God's great earth with this for a song in his heart, "I am forgiven, I am forgiven; I am pardoned" Praise be to God I'm saved. I think it is one of the sweetest songs we can sing in all the world and before the throne of God.
Some excerpts from C.H. Spurgeon and others from our Lord.
CLICK ON THIS BEAUTIFUL SONG, "FORGIVEN AGAIN"
In my devotional time this week God dealt with me about fear. When we do not accept and abide in the fullness of God’s perfect love it will bring the spirit of fear. God's perfect love cast out all fear. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
God I ask in Jesus’ name that I will come to acknowledge, accept, and abide in the fullness of Your perfect love for me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 366 days a year (leap year included). Make me perfect in Your perfect love. Help me to understand that Your perfect love for me is an everlasting unconditional undying love. I did not earn it; You blessed me with it, because I am Your child. Bless me to come to the revelation knowledge that Your perfect love is more than enough, there is no lack in Your perfect love, and whatever I stand in need of, or will stand in need of, the provision has already been made. God help me to realize in Your perfect love I have a future. I have hope, joy, peace, protection, security, and so much more. In Your perfect love I have power and a sound mind.
God Your perfect love cast out all fear. So help me to look back over my life with a heart of thanksgiving and reminisce about all that You have done for me and brought me through. Bless me to count my blessing and write them down. So that Your perfect love will expose the lies of Satan when he tries to bring fear, doubt, disbelief, and or torment to my heart and mind that You will not come through for me. Let this be my confession, “You always have and You always will come through for me because You love me.”
God help me to daily be aware of and appreciate Your perfect love that You have for me in any situation or circumstance. Bless me to daily soak and bask in Your love. Let me allow Your perfect love to saturate and infiltrate my heart, mind, body, and soul. Bless me to stand in awe of You and in boldness because of Your love for me as I go about my day. Cause me to walk in the understanding that I am not afar off from you, but I have been brought near to You by the blood of Christ Jesus. You are right here with me through Your Holy Spirit abiding within me. You will never leave me nor forsake me. Your perfect love abides with me forever. Thank You Lord Jesus. God all that I have asked of You in this prayer please do the same for all those I love, care about, and the writer of this prayer. Bless each of us to acknowledge, accept, appreciate, and abide in the fullness of Your perfect love. Amen, so be it, and it is so.
Encourager Linda Flagg, M.A., CS, LM
Certified Life Coach & Youth Minister
Pray and ask God to bring to your remembrance all that God has done for you and brought you through. Write it down. It will help expose Satan's lies and help you abide in the fullness of God's perfect love.
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"A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God" Ecc. 2:24
Whereas I don't quote Ecclesiastes often, there is a certain truth in the verse above which is echoed in the New Testament, "Work as unto the Lord not Man," and, "in whatever your hand finds to do do it with all your heart." But if one is tithing, there is a sense of fulfillment in advancing the Kingdom (providing you find a church with the interests of God in mind, not man).
Tithing extends the Kingdom and rebukes the devourer (Malachi). Prayer asks God's blessings on the workplace so one can enjoy a small microcosm of the kingdom even in the world, with favor and open doors to share when you are successful. This in turn continues the efforts of contribution in witness, prayer and giving.
The American and world economy is going to crash. All you have to do is see the perfect storm brewing since we were removed off the gold standard for anti-Christ to step on to stage with answers. We know God will provide but it requires more faith and planning in the seven years of famine than the seven years of plenty. I saw the Economy falling in a dream in 2008, and numerous people can see where everything is headed, all under God's blessings and judgements -- we have brought much evil on the country by abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, immorality, and removing the Lord's Prayer and Bible reading from public education in 1962, 1963, respectively. It has been quickly sliding downhill since 1962.
With that said, if you don't have a savings, well, you might pray about starting one. We should do all we can to prepare for the seven years of famine I think are about 5 years out, maybe sooner, maybe later. Also, you may want to have some investment in minerals and precious metals. I know lithium for battery back up will be needed for years to come.
Also, if someone asks prayer for his or her work, or for wisdom for investing, it is just as holy as praying for the sick. It may even allow the person to fund a missionary or evangelist that does exceedingly abundantly beyond anything we can ask or image.
"A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God" Ecc 2:24
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