Be Ye Thankful. and more…

“Be Ye Thankful.”
The principle of thankfulness is foundational throughout scripture. We are admonished to “enter His Gates with Thanksgiving and His Courts with praise”. Thanksgiving is a necessary element of praise and worship, which should precede prayer. We should always conform to a mindset of thankfulness before we enter into prayer. This conformity will bring peace and contentment to our lives. The “sacrifice of praise” is most exemplified when we are thankful during trials, loss, and other painful situations. While it’s not easy, thankfulness enables us to put on a garment of praise and cast off the spirit of heaviness. In most cases, thankfulness is the solution and cure for depression. Thankfulness should not only be an attitude we have, but it is also something we must become.

We become thankful through consistency. Consistently practicing, and focusing on positives, and having more than just “a knowledge” of God’s Word; we must allow a revelation of the eternal hope we have in Jesus Christ. This will enable us to “be thankful.” We can start by waking up every day thanking Jesus. We can utilize scriptures, such as, “this is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice, and be glad in it”. Saying these words out loud will set our state of mind for the day. Thankfulness will bring us through every battle victoriously. In the absence of Thanksgiving, wickedness will take root. We do not want to see the bad fruit that unthankfulness will produce in our lives. The most miserable people are those who are unthankful. Scripture warns of the evil that will befall those who are unthankful.

This is the warning given to the Church regarding the evil of unthankfulness. “For even though they knew God [as the Creator], they did not honor Him as God or give thanks [for His wondrous creation]. On the contrary, they became worthless in their thinking [godless, with pointless reasonings, and silly speculations], and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21 AMP). We see how the minds of those who did not give God thanks were darkened, delusional, and if we were to read on in this chapter, we learn of the wickedness that results from a mindset of unthankfulness. Our hearts, minds, and souls are the seat of authority in our lives, controlling our emotions. Our thinking directly affects our actions. Scripture tells us, let this mind be in you that was also in Christ. When we “become thankful”, we will have the peace of God that passes all understanding. We will wear the cloak of humility that can be seen by all mankind. Strife and division will cease. And we can be that light that shines on until that perfect day. Be ye thankful!

Beth Marie Evans
Prison Ministry/Apostolic Author
International Christian Fellowship
Brookfield, Illinois
(Information from: World Network of Prayer –

“Prayers of Thanksgiving, Praise, and Worship.”
In some form, “thanks” is mentioned 138 times in scripture, “praise” is written 265 times, and “worship” is found 197 times. For an extended time of prayer, read the entirety of the Psalms that have an asterisk (*) beside them. Meditate and apply the scriptures to your own heart and situation. Take time to REMEMBER!

“And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD, offer it at your own will” (Leviticus 22:29).

“Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works” (I Chronicles 16:8, 9).

“…And let thy name be magnified forever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee…” (II Samuel 7:26).

Psalm 100:1-5 – A Psalm of Praise unto God *
Psalm 18:1-3 – Praise to God on a Day of Deliverance *
Psalm 30:4, 5, 11, 12 – A Song of Dedication and Praise *
Psalm 50:1, 14, 15, 22, 23 – Our God is a Righteous Judge *
Psalm 79:13; Psalm 95:1-3 – A Call to Worship and Obedience *
Psalm 107:1-3 – Thanksgiving to the LORD for His Great Works of Deliverance *
Psalm 116:1-2 – Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death *

In I Thessalonians 5:16-18, Paul writes about God’s will for you! “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Amen.

Bishop Jeff Tracy
New Life St. Louis
Bridgeton, Missouri
(Information from: World Network of Prayer –

“Praying for Our Children” by Andrea Leaman.
Grace and a mother’s prayers – two things that sustained me through my young adult years. All of the counsel in the world couldn’t comfort my wounded teenage heart, but I know her prayers stretched beyond words.
She reached for me, she loved me, and she did everything she knew to guide and teach me. I look back at choices made as a young teen, friends I had, and environments I found myself in, and my heart is overwhelmed with gratefulness at the knowledge my mother’s prayers were a constant during that time.

There wasn’t a big secret to these prayers. In fact, she shared them with me quite often. Every day before I ran out the door for school, she grabbed my hands and prayed for me. In the evenings she sat on my bed and thanked God that He chose me to be a part of this family. Every time I responded at an altar call, it was her voice behind me that I heard softly whispering prayers of guidance and protection. James 5:16 tells us that it’s our effectual and fervent prayers coupled with our godly living that are powerful. It was the calm consistency of her prayers that I remember. It was the simplicity of them that intrigued me. There was a powerful truth she was teaching me through those prayers; simple honesty with God is powerful.

Whether you have your own children, or you have been blessed to be part of a child’s life in another form, we all have the opportunity to be a voice and a constant in a child’s life. Young people’s lives can be greatly enriched by just one adult who cares enough to love and pray for them. There are children in your church who need someone to pray for them. There are kids down the street no one is praying for. Will we be intimidated by the daunting task of reaching for a soul, or will we embrace the power and simplicity of constant and fervent prayers?

One great truth about our children is that God loves them more than we ever could. His love for them is perfect and unwavering. When we give our children to the Lord in prayer, be assured, they have been put into the hands of the One who loves them the most. Know that God’s promises will be fulfilled in their lives as you stand in the gap for their soul.

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

Andrea Leaman is a licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church and a graduate of Apostolic Bible Institute. She currently serves alongside her husband as they pastor Gracepoint United Pentecostal Church in Monroe, Michigan.

(Infomation from: UPCI Ladies Ministries

” Reconditioned or Brand New? ” by Mary Loudermilk.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV)

Some people enjoy taking an old item, sometimes someone else’s castoff, and repurposing it into a lovely item with a new use. Although I’m not the most skilled in doing such things, at times I enjoy the challenge of making an old piece into something more attractive. And so began my project to update an old, scarred buffet. The finish was worn, and there were numerous scratches and dings. Some of the veneer had even peeled off at the bottom. It had definitely seen better days.
Over a long weekend, I sanded, patched, and painted. I invested a lot of hours into making that old piece look almost new. But really, the only thing new was the fancy drawer pulls I purchased. I felt a bit of pride in my efforts when done. The buffet looked so much better than the tired, battered thing it once was. But deep inside–I knew. I knew where every ding had been. I knew the places I’d filled and patched. I knew what was really underneath that new paint. When all was said and done, I still had an old piece of furniture just fancied up a bit.

Working on that buffet made me think about my life and God’s power. His Word tells us when we come to Him and are filled with His Spirit, we aren’t just refurbished. We become a new creation. The dings and scars of our old life are not just hidden; they are completely gone. God has given us a new heart and a new mind. We have new desires and new ambitions. We are headed in a new direction. “All things have become new.”

Satan would like to remind us of those old sins and the scars they left. He enjoys telling us we really aren’t worth much and underneath is still the “old me.” Not true. We can look him in the eye and declare, “I am totally brand new. I am a new creation in Christ and you no longer have control of my life!”

We are not reconditioned. We are brand new!
( Information from: UPCI Ladies Ministries – )

“An Unfinished Project” by Anne Johnston.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

I am sure that every one of us has an unfinished project somewhere in our home. We saw an interesting pattern and purchased the materials to make it, but just never got around to finishing it. Every few months we probably pull it out and maybe work a bit on it, but then it gets put aside until later. We keep telling ourselves that we are going to complete it, and maybe someday we will.

In the verse that we have quoted, Paul is writing to the church in Philippi which he had founded a few years earlier. He remembers each one of the people there and commends them for their continuing faith in Christ. He tells them that he knows they will continue to let the Lord work on them and keep them faithful until He returns. He has confidence in them.

Although this was written to a church a long time ago, this verse can apply to us today. If we think of ourselves as a project that the Lord is working on, we know that He will never give up on us. Each trial, each test we face makes us stronger in Him. In the eyes of others, we may seem like an unfinished project, but we are not hidden away somewhere and forgotten. He is continually working on us, to make us what He wants us to be. We have confidence that He will keep shaping us and molding us as we yield to Him. He is preparing us for eternity.

“Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.” (I John 3:21-23)

John tells us that if we have obeyed the commandment to believe on the Lord and to love one another, then we know that the Lord abides in our heart, and this gives us confidence to ask Him for whatever we need. His ear is always open to hear our prayers, and we can trust Him to lead us step by step.

God has no unfinished projects. We are a work in progress, but every day He works on us to perfect us. Oh, the joy when we stand before His throne, a completed work.
( Information from: UPCI Ladies Ministries – )

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