Many are going through rough times. Do we stop to give thanks for the many blessings that we have in our own lives? How often do we stop to consider the needs of others and how it can be spiritually fulfilling to bless and serve others? In this season we should be supporting those in need and those less fortunate. How can we give in such hard times as these? How can we show our appreciation and thankfulness toward others in these times? Within this podcast, my good friends Glynda Lomax and Tom Bixler lay out some powerful suggestions.
Note from Ray: We need to be giving thanks for all of our blessings each and every day and honoring each other and giving thanks to one another always. It’s just the polite thing to do regardless (manners) and we are told to treat others as we would want to be treated (Matthew 7:12). Many tend to hear the message, but then do not put it into practice. We need to make sure we are not falling short of what the Lord commands us to do and this includes taking care of one another and not only looking out for our own interests -Tom mentioned this in this podcast, but this needs special emphasis because it can be often overlooked or forgotten.
Philippians 2:4 (NKJV) ‘Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.’
James 1:22 (KJV) ‘But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.’
To put this into perspective, ask yourself if it were you in need, how it would it make you feel if you were forgotten and/or neglected? If you did good for someone and they didn’t seem appreciative, how would you feel? You have to put yourselves in that persons shoes or if you are in a situation, reflect on how you have treated others. We need to remember that when we serve others, we are serving the Lord and following His decrees. Sometimes God will take us down a notch to show us how merciful He is to us and to show us how we ought to treat others. Brothers and Sisters, we really need to stop and think about these possibilities given the uncertainty of things. We do not want our hearts to be waxing cold. There is a real danger of that in this season and many are already witnessing it from family and friends. The Lord is merciful to those who are merciful and you never know if that person in need may eventually be you who is in need in the future and I say this because I’ve been there and the Lord took care of me through all of my wilderness.
This is why I have continually a few times mentioned ‘What You Do Now Will Matter Later.‘
As children of God, we should realize that Thanksgiving for true believers and good works should be carried out and honored always -not just once a year and then forgotten. In other words, Thanksgiving should be every day and so should Christmas for that matter. Romans 12 (below) specifically tells us how we ought to behave as Christians when it comes to one another. Why do we have so much trouble with this? Why is it so hard to give? Why is it so hard to say thank you to someone?
If you have not listened to it yet, I also recommend the ‘Significance of Mercy‘ podcast that Tom and myself did a couple of months ago where in that show we presented many suggestions at that time as well and how mercy goes hand in hand with serving others and giving thanks.
I give thanks to Our Father In Heaven for Glynda and Tom as they are great friends who have supported me immensely through times of discouragement. Thank you also guys, for the mention of Innocence Redeemed in this podcast, I was not expecting that!
I’m also thankful for all of you who have supported this ministry and commented which really can lift me up some days -you know who you are and I want you to know that I truly do love you and am very appreciative as well when you give feedback and support! It means a lot to me and it does not go unnoticed by the Lord or myself!
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Verses as they pertain to this podcast (some of these were not directly mentioned in the podcast but I have added a few more here as they are appropriate for the topic):
1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 (NKJV)
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, 3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, 4 knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.
Ezekiel 21:10 (KJV)
10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth? it contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree.
Leviticus 22:29 (NKJV)
29 And when you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, offer it of your own free will.
1 Chronicles 16:34 (NKJV)
34 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
1 John 3:18 (NKJV)
18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
Proverbs 11:25 (NLT)
25 The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
Proverbs 17:1 (NKJV)
Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.
Proverbs 29:23 (KJV)
23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Proverbs 3:27 (NKJV)
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
Galatians 6:10 (KJV)
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Matthew 7:12 (KJV)
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
2 Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV)
7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
Deuteronomy 15:10 (NLT)
10 Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do.
Romans 12:3-16 (NKJV)
Serve God with Spiritual Gifts
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Behave Like a Christian
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
Colossians 3:15-17 (NLT)
15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.