THANKSGIVING FOOD FOR THOUGHT   Leave a comment

THANKSGIVING EVERYDAY

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

Ps. 63:5 (KJV)

 America, Canada and South Korea are the only countries in the modern world that I know of that set aside one day a year as a day of  “thanksgiving”.  We all know the story of how America’s thanksgiving celebration originated.  My question is “Why only one day, what about the other 364”?

If we stop and think about it, every breath we take to every blink of an eye, is a gift from God.  Nothing in our lives is of our own doing, because we are dependant upon His grace and mercy for life’s every function.

In 1Thessalonians, 5:18, the apostle Paul tells his readers that they are to be thankful in all things. Did he mean just the good stuff that happens to us?  How about only the things that fill us with joy?  No, in all things.  “Well”, you might say, “I have a terrible situation brought on through no fault of my own.  It just happened!  I’m supposed to be thankful for the discomfort, expense, sorrow, etc. that I’m experiencing”?  No, that’s not what he is saying.  What you should be thankful for is that God, in His infinite mercy, knows that you are suffering and gives you His Holy Spirit to act as your Comforter.  Jesus Himself told his followers that when He left, He would send His Comforter (John 16:7).

The world sometimes does not treat us fairly and no one promised us that it would.  And sometimes it’s hard to be thankful.  But if we remember that God is in control and trust in His unconditional love, unmerited favor and undeserved forgiveness, the world doesn’t have to treat us fairly. As Christians we don’t belong to the world, we are children of a loving Father that meets all of our needs according to His riches in glory (Phil. 4:19)!  When we trust in Jesus, we have everything that we need.  That in itself ought to be cause for every day to be thanksgiving day.  May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving Day 2012.

Thank you Father for sending your only Son to die a criminal’s death in order that we might be reconciled to You.  Thank You also for Your Holy Spirit’s victory, guidance, peace, strength and wisdom to help us through each day.

J. Boudreaux

SUGGESTED READING

Ps. 100

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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – A REPOST   Leave a comment

AUTHOR’S NOTE: THIS IS A RE-POST FROM A PREVIOUS DATE.  THIS BEING AN ELECTION YEAR, I THOUGHT IT IMPORTANT TO BRING IT OUT OF THE ARCHIVES.

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

                                                                   Romans 13:1

Let me say from the beginning that I am not going to make this a “political” commentary on any political party as I am not schooled in the subject of, in general terms, political science. Nor will I attempt to persuade the reader to follow any political philosophy.  I say it again, I am not going to make this a “political” commentary.  I will, however, try to briefly show that it is our responsibility as Christian-American citizens to honor the offices of the leaders chosen to guide our country.

GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE

Let me give you a brief example.  Suppose someone is sitting on an airplane waiting for departure and through the door walks their archenemy.  Someone for whom they have absolutely no use.  Not only is he boarding the plane, but they notice on his shoulders four gold stripes.  Their archenemy is the pilot of the plane!  What would you think they should do at this point?  Wish him ill and hope he crashes the plane, or pray for him to pilot the plane safely to its destination?  Remember, he is their eternal nemesis.  If they were smart, and a Christian, they would choose the latter.

I once heard of someone who wished that a newly elected president whom they vehemently disliked would fail in office.  Much like the pilot of the plane, the president of the country bears tremendous responsibility.  Therefore it is our responsibility as citizens to not only accept the decisions made in governmental elections, but to pray for those duly elected.  In Romans 13:1-7, the apostle Paul tells us that we should 1.) obey the government for it is God who has put it there, 2.) obey duly appointed/elected officials and 3.) pay taxes because they are used to run the government appointed by God, and pay the officials in charge of running that government.  In other words, be obedient to God who has established the government.

BE DISOBEDIENT?

Does that mean we are to obey laws and officials even though they are corrupt and sinful and require us as citizens to go against God’s laws.  I don’t think so for that would be a sin and God cannot look upon sin, especially if He has ordained the political structure and those entrusted to run it.

Living in a democracy as we do in this country, it is our job to honor the office of elected officials, not necessarily the man/woman elected to that office.  And, we are fortunate enough to live in a country where, if we desire, we can have corrupt officials removed from office via peaceful means whether it be by voting them out of office, or removal from office via due process.  Wishing them “ill will” is not only childish, but it is unChristian.

GO AHEAD, SPEAK YOUR MIND

So the next time you feel that the government should be openly criticized, go ahead and do it.  Our constitution gives you that right.  Someone once said “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”*  I believe that this statement fully expresses the spirit of United States constitution.  However, as Christians, we are called upon to support our elected officials regardless of their party affiliation and I believe that includes praying for them to succeed in the execution of their official duties.  After all, if they fail, the government fails and we as citizens are the losers.

So the next time you go to the polls to vote and your candidate does not win, no matter how popular or able you believe them to be, it is your responsibility to support the winning candidate.  That means praying for them to succeed once sworn in.  In this way you will not only be honoring the political office, but more importantly you will be honoring God who has established that office.

Matt. 22: 20-22

Rom. 13:1-7

1 Tim. 2:1-4

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*Author’s Note: There is some question about who originally made this comment.  Some say the French philosopher Voltaire, others say the English author Evelyn Beatrice Hall writing under the pseudonym S. G. Tallentyre.  SOURCE: www.wikipedia.com

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INVESTMENT ADVICE   Leave a comment

INVESTMENT ADVICE

You men who are fathers—if your boy asks for bread, do you give him a stone?  If he asks for a fish, do you give him a snake?  If he asks for an egg, do you give him a scorpion?

Luke 11:11-121

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Pick up any literature on financial investments and somewhere in the text, probably in the small print on the back page, it will state “Past performance is not an indication of future returns”.  The investment companies put that in there as a “disclaimer”.  A disclaimer is a safety device used by many companies to protect their interests. In the financial world, it’s a must.  Today’s hot stock or mutual fund can be tomorrow’s big loser.  It doesn’t take much for a stock or a fund to go belly up over night and if disclaimers weren’t added to a prospectus, financial institutions could be liable for the losses of their investors.

That’s in the “world” of financial investing.  Let’s, however, look at it from a Christian point of view.  We as believers know that if we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Master, and we put our trust in him, “Past performance is an indication of future returns”.  Notice that the word “not” has been omitted?  That’s because the bible says that “God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow”.  So if yesterday we relied on God’s mercy, grace and providence for something today, then if we trust in Him today, He will meet our needs tomorrow!

Why?  Because, if we invite Jesus into our lives and live according to His will, He will provide for us.  He’s promised us in Matthew, chapter 7, that if we ask, it shall be given, if we seek, we shall find.  If we’ve trusted Him in the past, and He has met our need, then if we trust Him today, He’ll do it again tomorrow.  Does that mean that we will get everything that we ask for when we want it?  Probably not.  But we can be assured that if what we ask for is in His will, He’ll provide for us according to His timetable.  We may not get what we want when we want, but when God gives us an answer, we can rest assured that it will be a perfect answer!  And, at just the right time! 

How do we know if we are living in His will?  Invest time in His Word.  In the book of James, the very first chapter, we are told that if we want to know what God wants us to do, just ask Him and He’ll tell us.  Where God is concerned, there are no “disclaimers” just promises and you can take that to the bank!

J. Boudreaux

Luke 11: 1-12

1 The living Bible, 1971, p. 817

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BOLDLY GO   Leave a comment

So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive his mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need

Heb. 4:16

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We don’t have too many monarchs around these days that reside in throne rooms.  Mostly we have Prime Ministers, presidents or political dictators.  However, regardless of what they call themselves, not too many people have direct access to them.  To have an audience, whether it is for social purposes or to make a request, one must contact the proper assistant or officer, have the schedule checked, make an appointment and perhaps wait years to see the individual.  If one is important enough, they may only have to wait months.

Not so with Christians and their King.  The Word of God commands us to “. . . come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive his mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need”.1

If you read verses 14-15 of chapter 4 of Hebrews, nowhere does it say that:

  1. You must contact anyone

  2. Check any schedules

  3. Make any appointments

  4. Wait any length of time

That’s because our God is an accessible God, He’s available twenty-four seven!

Besides that, scripture tells us that Jesus understands our frailties since He was subject to them when He walked this earth.  Who more would be willing to help us than someone who has been in our shoes, knows what we are going through and can help us through our trials?  Think about it.  If you’ve ever been in a situation that was trying, and you were able make it through that situation, wouldn’t you be willing to help someone else who’s experiencing it also?

Don’t worry about phoning ahead to make an appointment.  Forget going through any red tape.  You don’t need to contact any assistant.  There are no forms to complete.  All of that was done for you on Calvary.  Just get down on your knees where you are at any moment and lift your praises on high or place your burdens at His feet.  It’s just that simple because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

J. Boudreaux

Ps. 61

1The Living Bible, p. 976

Posted August 11, 2012 by J. Boudreaux in CHRISTIAN, Christianity, Inspiration, Living, Religion

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GOD’S MAGNIFICENCE   Leave a comment

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Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse . . .

                                                                     Romans 1: 19-20

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AT the beginning of this year our church started the program of reading the bible through in a year.  There is a structured reading plan designed to alternately read varying chapters of the books of the bible in a non-sequential pattern.  But due to a logistical problem with distribution of the plan in written form, not everyone received a copy of the plan on January 1st

So as not to get behind in my reading, I started in Genesis and continued on sequentially.  Now at the time of this writing, the beginning of July, I am at the end of the book of Psalms.  It has been a real enjoyable journey.  I had previously read a good portion of the old testament, so I was familiar with the various books.

I know without a doubt that the bible is the written Word of God and contains undisputed evidence of His Glory, Grace, Mercy, Anger, Forgiveness, and Love.  But as I finished reading the book of Psalms, I was overwhelmed by two chapters in particular; 147 and 148.

Actually chapters 138 through 150 were particularly profound to me, but I thought that 147 and 148 warranted mention here.  The reason; they describe the Magnificence, Power and Might of our Creator, God, in heaven.  No one can deny that the powers and abilities ascribed to the Lord in these two chapters are specific to Him and no one else. In the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul sums it up succinctly in chapter one, verses 19 – 23 when he writes that,  and I am paraphrasing, “God instilled in His creation, man, the knowledge of Himself through the natural world in which he lives.”

When we look at  chapters 147 and 148 in Psalms, we are told by the Psalmist exactly what Paul was talking about, but in much more detail.

God is without a doubt Magnificent beyond all human understanding.  But all we have to do is look around us and realize that as of this date, no man has created a tree from nothing.  No birds or insects have been synthesized in a lab from nothing.  Water still has to fall from the sky or be pumped from the depths of the earth . . . no one has devised a method for creating it from nothing.

Thank you Lord for your creation and everything in it.  Thank you for the magnificence that you exhibit at the beginning each and every day and the beauty at the end of each evening and everything in between. These things we pray, we pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

J. Boudreaux 2012

Suggested Reading:

Psalms 147, 148

Psalms 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 149, 150

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ENEMIES AND VICTORY   Leave a comment

He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. (NIV)

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                                                                 Ps. 91:2

Enemies.  We all have had them, or have them today, in one way or another in our lives.  The mere sound of the word strikes fear in the hearts of many.  An enemy can be either real as in a playground bully or imagined as in an unfounded fear that someone wishes us harm.  Not many of us have real enemies as did king David.  He was hounded and pursued by king Saul because Saul was jealous of David’s abilities and personality.  Saul was afraid that David was after his throne.

Today many of us are hounded by other types of enemies, such as alcoholism, drug abuse, sexual disorders, depression, eating disorders, etc.  These are not new to mankind, just more publicized and talked about openly in society. As  a matter of fact, the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that ” we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.    (KJV).”  In other words Satan is our enemy and he uses a myriad of ailments, conditions, destructive habits and substances to destroy us.  The sad part about it is that we are defenseless against these enemies unless we depend on the Savior, Jesus Christ. He is OMNIPOTENT.  He has the power to defeat all methods used by Satan to bring us down.  But we have to trust Him.  And to do that all we need is faith. A belief that God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).  That’s it!  Believe in Jesus Christ.  Believe that He loves us so much that He would do anything to keep us from eternal damnation.  To keep us from failure, self-destruction, disease; you name it.

Who are your enemies today? Want victory over them? Use God’s armor as described in Ephesians 6:10 – 17; armor that is more powerful than any nuclear weapon devised by man.  But more importantly believe it because it was forged by the hand of God and that victory will be yours.

J. Boudreaux 2012

SUGGESTED VERSES:

Ps. 35

Ps. 44:4-7

Ps. 91

Isa. 43:2

John 14:11

2 Thes. 3:3

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THANK YOU FOR WHAT I HAVE   Leave a comment

Thank you for what I have

But seek ye first the kingdom of God and all of his righteousness: and all these things

shall be added unto you.

 MATTHEW 6:33

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Thank you Lord for what I have.  Stop and think, “What do I have?”.  If you are a Christian, here are some examples: you have God’s promise of eternal life (John 3:16), you have God’s forgiveness of your sins (Ps. 103-12), you have God’s protection (Ps. 91), and you have God’s providence (Matthew 6:33). 

Now the above mentioned blessings are not the only blessings that you have when you are a Christian, but they are representative of God’s unconditional love for us.  Also notice that not one of the above is a material blessing.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with material possessions as long as they do not possess us and as long as we do not put them first in our lives.  The bible tells us that we are to “. . . lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:20, 21). Some material blessings are absolutely necessary for everyday living.

The blessings mentioned above are the kind that you can’t go to the store and buy.  They are only available through a relationship with the Father through His Son Jesus Christ.

We all know the popular sayings that go “you can’t take it with you” and  “there are no trailer hitches on a hearse”.  Both indicate that once we cease to breathe, our earthly possessions are of no value to us.  But, the spiritual possessions that we garner on earth and ultimately store up in heaven are worth far more to us.  Think of the richest people or families that are constantly in the public eye, many of whom have had one tragedy after another happen to them.  Probably not too many are concerned with eternal life, forgiveness of sin, God’s protection or God’s providence.  I would venture to say that many of those individuals or families are more interested in worldly “things” and do not have a relationship with Jesus.

Money can’t buy happiness, it can’t even lease it.  Money is no good in God’s store.  All He wants is our love and obedience.  He wants to spend time with us and us with Him.  In return He will see that we spend eternity with Him in paradise, be forgiven of our sins, have His protection and  our needs provided.  In short, we will have all the promises contained in the bible. 

So, if you ask yourself the question “What do I have?” and your answer does not include God’s promises as stated in His Holy Word, ask yourself again “What do I have?”  If you have Jesus, you have everything that God has to offer.

J. Boudreaux 2012

 SUGGESTED VERSES

Deuteronomy 28:2-12

Colossians 3:23,24

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