Tuesday, November 22, 2016

DAILY BREAD OF LIFE

Psalms 118:1 KJV. Scripture.:


(KJV.)  PSALM 100:4-5


(4)  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving.  And into His courts with praise.  Be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
(5)  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth to all generations.


THE EXPRESSION OF GRATITUDE


Brethren, thanksgiving is one of the major actions performed by Jesus Christ during his mission on earth, though he was the begotten son of our Father, and has the power to perform miracles, signs and wonders, rose the dead back to life, restored the eye sights of the blinds, the lame walked, and healed the lepers of afflictions, yet, on several occasions, he prayed and gave thanks to our Father first before any undertakings ; in inference,  (i)  Jesus prayed, gave thanks to our Father before he broke the seven loaves of bread and the two fishes, fed the multitudes on the mountain; cf. Matthew 15:36;  (ii)  at the last supper, he took the cup, and gave thanks, gave it to his disciples, saying drink ye all of it; cf. Matthew 26:27;  (iii)  at the seaside of Tiberias, he gave thanks before they ate bread, cf. John 6:23;  (iv)  at a certain point of his ministration, Jesus thank our Father, saying, I thank thee, O Father, LORD of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. cf. Matthew 11;25;  (v)  before Jesus raised up Lazarus from the dead, he lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.cf. John 11:41;  etc; after his prayers, Lazarus rose up from the dead, came forth out of his tomb, cf. (44);  therefore, if Jesus gave thanks, acknowledged our Father for who he is, what he did through him; as believers, let us do likewise, thank him before and after every undertaking, appreciate what he does, give him the glory every day of our lives.

The ponder point is, why did Jesus pray in the presence of his followers, rather than secretly when performing certain miracles?  the answer is in the following verse. let's read, Jesus prayed saying;  "And I knew that thou hearest me always:  but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me."cf.. 42;  Jesus prayed certain prayers in their presence, simply because, he wanted them to fully understand that our Father sent him, hears and answers his prayers;  this is faith in action! Secondly, he prayed before them in other to strengthen unbeliever's faith to believe in him as part of our Father, and for the believers to have faith in him;  therefore, as believers, let us not shun away when we ought to pray for someone, but be bold, brave to step up to the plate, exercise faith to the maximum degree to counteract evil works;  Jesus is our strength, he never puts his believers to shame ever.

Though Jesus was part of our Father, he gave him the glory which belongs unto him before the eyes of men: when he glorified him on earth;  subsequently,  our Father glorified him and commanded to glorify him again. cf. John 12;28;  therefore, as believers, when we confess Jesus Christ before men, do his will, he will also confess us before the angels of our Father;  on the contrarily, if we deny him before men, he will also deny us before the angels in heaven. cf. Luke 12:8-9;  therefore, let us do his will diligently, for our lights to shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify our Father which is heaven. cf. Matthew 5:16;  for he glorifies his children that honor him through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good  for his mercy endureth for ever. cf. Psalm 107:1.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day!  Be blessed forever and evermore!  Amen and Amen!


QUOTE OF THE DAY:


(KJV.)  Psalm 96:2  Sing unto the LORD,  bless his name;  shew forth his salvation from day to day.