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Make a Joyful Noise!

Do you ever express your thanks to God by singing to Him? If not, you should. The Bible tells us in Psalm 95: 2, Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!” And Psalm 145:3, New Living Translation, says, “Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!” As believers, we have so much to be thankful for. Over and over again, God has proven just how much He loves us by meeting our needs, faithfully answering our prayers, and giving us the secret desires of our hearts. By His Holy Spirit, He guides us through each day, and watches over us at night so that our sleep is peaceful. When we need to talk, He listens. With God, we are never alone. What man on earth could ever do for us what God delights to do? That’s more than enough reason to make a joyful noise unto the Lord (Psalm 98:4) and sing praises to His name (Psalm 68:4)—to declare as the psalmist said, “I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever” (Psalm 145:2, NLT).


Always a Reason to Give Thanks!

Is talking to others about Christ a hard thing for you to do? The truth is, many believers find it hard to tell others about the saving grace they have come to know through accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Maybe it’s because they feel they might be rejected, laughed at or scorned. Perhaps they are a young Christian and don’t feel they’re ready to talk openly about Him with others. Or maybe they just don’t feel comfortable sharing something so personal. While these may seem like good reasons to keep silent and not share Christ with others, the Bible says otherwise. Psalm 47:1 says, “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” And in Psalm 9:11, the psalmist encourages us to “Sing praises to the Lord.” David danced before the Lord in 2 Samuel 6:14, and in Psalm 134:2, New International Version, we are told to “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.” There is never a good reason to withhold the Good News that Jesus died for you from others. God has chosen you as His spokesperson. Whether by your words, or your actions, always be ready and willing to give Him praise and glory—tell all the world of His love and goodness!


Stay In God’s Peace!

Ever heard the word worrywart? The dictionary defines it as “a person who tends to worry habitually and often needlessly.” Despite all the good things God has done and is doing for them, they just can’t help but worry, fret and dwell on the negative. If that’s you, then here’s some good news: As a believer, you have the ability and the authority to train your thoughts. You don’t have to focus on negative things just because they’re staring you in the face. You can look past them, around them and over them, and put your focus on God’s Word, and be thankful for His love, goodness and faithfulness in all things. Apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:8, The Message, “I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” Thinking on “the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly,” will help keep you in a place of peace, joy and comfort. You won’t find yourself worrying, fretting or complaining, but instead you’ll experience God’s peace all the time, no matter how rough things appear to be.


Rejoice, and Give Thanks!

On Monday, we talked about the Israelites and how they displeased God because of their selfishness and complaining attitude. Let’s end this week with the story about the shepherd and his lost sheep. You can read it in Matthew 18:12-13. Jesus asked His disciples, “If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders off, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine and go after the one? And if he finds it, doesn’t he make far more over it than over the ninety-nine who stay put?” (The Message). Notice, the shepherd didn’t sit around complaining that one of his sheep got away. Instead, he left the others to go search for the lost one. And when he found the sheep, he rejoiced more over that one than those that remained in the fold. Jesus said in Philippians 4:4 that we are to “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” And in Philippians 4:6, New Living Translation, He said, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.” Rejoice! That’s the key to walking in victory when the enemy tries to defeat you. Instead of dwelling on the problem or complaining, pray about it and start thanking God for the answer. Then, fix your mind on what He has already done for you and keep it there.


No Reason to Complain!

If you’re familiar with the story of how God delivered the Israelites out of bondage, then you will recall that He worked greatly in their favor by performing wonders and miracles to force Pharaoh to let them go. He promised His children a bountiful and prosperous life in the rich land He was leading them to. But soon after leaving Egypt, the Israelites forgot about what God had done for them and began complaining. They complained against Moses, their God-given leader, for taking them out of Egypt, and they complained against God! As a result, the Israelites suffered some terrible things during their 40-year journey—which, according to God’s plan, was only supposed to last a few days. First Corinthians 10:6, The Message, tells us, “The same thing could happen to us. We must be on guard so that we never get caught up in wanting our own way as they did.” Truthfully, as believers we have no reason to complain because God meets all our needs. He will take care of us, and handle our problems, if we just pray, believe, trust and obey Him. He promised to hear and answer our prayers—not our complaints!


Thankful, No Matter What!

Entering the month of November puts us in the mindset of the holiday season. With Thanksgiving approaching, let’s spend our devotion time thinking about that. Being thankful. By that, I mean doing what God says to do in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which is: “In every thing give thanks.” The Message says it like this: “Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” God says no matter what comes our way, whether it’s good or bad, as believers and children of Almighty God, we are to always maintain a thankful attitude. Why? Because we have so much to be thankful for—beginning with Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary so that we could be restored to a right relationship and fellowship with God. The reality is, when we spend all our time being thankful, we leave no room for complaining and being ungrateful. Get ready for a month of celebration and THANKSGIVING!


Keep On Shining!

As a believer, no doubt you’ve experienced it: The moment you get a fresh Word from God the devil is right there to try and steal it away. That’s because he knows not only will you use that Word to help grow your faith, but you be quick to share it with others—especially those who are lost in sin and darkness. But Jesus has called you to be a light in darkness—to show others the way so they can come to know Him and be saved. David referred to God’s Word as a “lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). Why? Because it guided his every step—always leading him in the right direction and never allowing him to stumble and fall. Because you have the Word living inside you, the Light of the Word dwells in you too! Jesus calls you the “light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Don’t be afraid to let your light shine before men, “so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16).


Be the Example!

Most Christian parents are familiar with Proverbs 22:6, which says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” They take heed to it because they want to be sure they’re doing what God’s Word says regarding raising their children and helping them develop into mature, godly men and women. But that instruction can also be of major help to all believers as they strive to be a light to a dying world by pointing them to Jesus. That’s likely what Apostle Paul had in mind when he encouraged the church at Corinth to “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1, New International Version). As children of God, we are responsible to help bring people out of the darkness of sin by showing them how to live in the light and love of Jesus Christ. God has given us all the tools necessary to make sure we do it in the right way—beginning with His Word and prayer—and then by living like Jesus lived! There is no better way to show others the right way than by being an example!


A Light That Shines Forever!

Have you ever been around someone who just seemed to glow—someone whose countenance was simply overflowing with joy—as if they had been in the presence of God? When they walk into a room, they stand out among everyone present. That’s how it was for Moses when he returned from a meeting with God. The Bible says in Exodus 34:29, New Living Translation, “When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord.” As a believer, you are always in God’s presence. Are you glowing? Is the light of God on the inside shining so brightly that others can easily recognize you from others in a crowd? If you spend time with God—reading your Bible, talking with Him and praising Him—you will begin to glow! You’ll start changing from the inside out, and people will notice your light as it shines brighter than anything around them. Why not become a light that always shines?


A Light to the World!

John 10:10 says that Jesus came so we might have life in abundance. But that was not the only reason He died on the Cross. The Bible says in Luke 4:18 that Jesus was anointed to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, preach deliverance to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, and to set at liberty them that are bruised. That assignment was transferred to the Church, the Body of Christ, when Jesus left the earth and went to be with the Father (Mark 16:15-20). The Church became the light of the world, and a reflection of the true Light. As believers, we are to let our light shine everywhere we go. How do we do that? By doing just as Jesus did: By bringing joy, faith, goodness and peace into the world (Luke 2:10-14). If you are in Jesus, then you will reflect the light that is in Him. Your life will reflect joy, faith, goodness, and peace. Wherever you go people living in darkness will recognize the Light on the inside of you and get a totally new perspective on life. Where there was despair, they can see hope. Where everything was negative, things all of a sudden will have a positive outlook. You are the righteousness of God—a reflection of the Light that shines throughout a world lost in darkness.