Greetings, Favored One! The Lord Is With You

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’" Luke 1: 26-28 Beloved child of God, allow me to be the first one to say to you this day, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." This beautiful, life and love affirming salutation, which the angel Gabriel gave to Mary, is true for you and I right now and all of the time. “The Lord is with you” is another way of saying "‘Immanuel,’ which translated means, ‘God with us’" (Matthew 1

In The Company Of Thanksgiving

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, ‘Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen’" Revelation 7: 11-12 Just look at the amazing company thanksgiving keeps in this great verse from the book of Revelation. Just as this verse suggests, I believe that our maintaining a spirit of thanksgiving in God’s presence allows us to be more aware of His “blessing and glory and wisdom” and His “honor and power and might” in our lives and over our liv

Offering A Sacrifice Of Thanksgiving

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me” Psalm 50:23 How do we as Christians offer to God “a sacrifice of thanksgiving” in this day and why would it be a sacrifice at all to offer God thanksgiving? If we are distressed and downcast, and don’t even feel worthy to enter God’s presence, and yet we sacrifice our feelings about ourselves and our state of mind, to praise our God anyway, this is a sacrifice of praise. O beloved child of God, learn from your Lord how lovingly He sees your sacrifice of praise. Learn to love the sacrifice of praise. The author of the New Testament letter to the Hebrews wrote this encouragement, "Through Him then,

Thanksgiving In Prayer Equals Peace In Prayer

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" Philippians 4: 6-7 Which would you prefer; to be anxious while you pray or to be in the peace of God while you pray? Thanksgiving is the difference between these two states of awareness. Prayer without thanksgiving is sure way to anxiety, for even while we pray we allow our needs to be greater than God’s Own Person of peace, with the result often being that we magnify our needs instead of our Lord, and what could h

Keeping Alert With An Attitude Of Thanksgiving

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving" Colossians 4:2 Here is a great piece of advice and encouragement for us, from the apostle Paul, concerning how we may experience a more enlivened and effectual prayer life. Let us keep alert with an attitude of thanksgiving. Giving thanks to God keeps us most blessedly aware of our Lord. Whereas praying without thanksgiving can lock us up in complete self-awareness, thereby depriving ourselves of the great blessing that God’s presence provides. I recommend that before you even pray that you would first “enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Ps

Magnify Him With Thanksgiving

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving” Psalm 69:30 Bless your loving Lord O child of God, for this scripture is telling us that when we come before our God with thanksgiving, He becomes magnified! God is enlarged in our presence when we praise Him in His presence! What a most amazing and gracious blessing this is for our lives. Don’t let God be small to you, especially when you could be praising Jesus with thanksgiving and seeing Him become magnified. Giving thanks to God is like putting a magnifying glass on God. He, of course is always the same, but we see Him more clearly, more accurately, more truly, when we "

Come Before His Presence With Thanksgiving

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, let us shout joyfully to Him with Psalms" Psalm 95:2 What a sweet word of encouragement this is. Yes, our Lord is inviting us to "come before His presence with thanksgiving." Right now, beloved child of God, give thanks to God for His indwelling presence, abiding within you as promised, in Father, Son and Spirit (John 14:16&23). "Come before His presence," which is to consciously draw near to God’s presence, "with thanksgiving." Entering God’s presence is most beautifully accomplished when a spirit of thanks

Entering His Gates With Thanksgiving

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting" Psalm 100:4-5 When we "enter His gates with thanksgiving," this indicates that we know Whom we are approaching, our great God Who has loved us with an everlasting love, and this explains why we are in such a blessed state of thanksgiving. Approaching God and His presence with an attitude of thanksgiving, is the very key that unlocks the door, in your spirit and mind, to actually experiencing and appreciating God’s presence. When we "enter His gates with thanksgiving," this represents our thinking

Have A Lovingkindness Thanksgiving

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting" Psalm 136:1 Let us praise our God today, for His lovingkindness is with us always. God’s lovingkindness is everlasting. This means that God’s lovingkindness is ever-present, living and abiding within us through the Holy Spirit, of Whom the Apostle Paul wrote, “the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5). “Lovingkindness” is THE key word in Psalm 136, being repeated at the close of every single one of it’s twenty six verses. This represents the consistency, the everlastingness, and the great balancing asp

Perpetual Thanksgiving

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting" Psalm 136:1 Here are two great reasons for you and I to live in a state of perpetual thanksgiving to God. First, "He is good." Amen. God is good... all of the time. So, let us “give thanks” all of the time. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to so fill our hearts with the presence of our God Who “is good” that our spiritual mind set will always be to “give thanks” to God. The more we give thanks to God because "He is good," the more we will be aware of and believe that God is good, and therefore the more blessed we will be. Become joyfully acquainted with thanking God that He i

Jesus Has Abolished Death And Has Given Us Life Instead

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "Our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel" 2 Timothy 1:10 Jesus Christ has abolished death from our lives so that we may now be blessedly free to become completely absorbed in the profound truth of our new eternal life and immortality in Him. It is through the light of the Gospel that we may behold, apprehend, and ultimately become apprehended by this higher, greater truth of our having been set free from death and the fear of death (which comes down to a fear of separation from God) so that we may instead live in spiritual resurrection life, abundantly, now and throughout eternity in u

Jesus Has Set Us Free From The Fear Of Death

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives" Hebrews 2: 14-15 For the last two days we have seen in Scripture how Jesus “tasted” death for us and how He has also rendered powerless the devil over our death (Hebrews 2:9 & 14). Now, in this passage, we see why, according to God’s word, our blessed Savior has done these amazingly wonderful life-transforming things for us. Jesus Christ has accomplished these mighty deeds on our behalf specifically so He "might free those who through fear of death were subject to sla

Jesus Has Defeated Satan And Death For Us

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "Since the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil" Hebrews 2:14 Before you and I knew Jesus Christ as our Savior, we were locked up in bondage to sin and death, under the power of the devil. But, praise God, Jesus broke the power of the devil at Calvary and now, as beloved children of God, we are blessed to have His Personal Lordship over our lives. Now it is God Who is in charge of our existence, and He is in charge of the moment of our passing as well, for we know, by His grace and promise, that we are forever bo

Jesus Has Tasted Death For Us

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "We do see Him who was made for a little while lower that the angels, namely Jesus, because of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone" Hebrew 2:9 I hope you blessedly know that “by grace you have been saved” (Eph 2:5). But do you know that by the grace of God Jesus Christ has tasted death on your behalf? What does this mean? When Jesus Christ suffered at Calvary, He tasted death, and separation from God, for you and I, in that space of time between Friday and Sunday morning. However, because of Jesus Christ, you and I will never have to taste that kind of death, that separat

Jesus Took The Sting For Us

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? But thanks be to God , who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" 1 Corinthians 15: 55 & 57 Death no longer has any victory over us because Jesus Christ won the victory over death when He rose from the dead. And now that we are in Christ, His victory has become our victory. There is not even a sting left for us to feel. All God wants us to feel is His love and all He wants us to do is to give Him thanks, because He has won this victory for us. Yes, let us thank God "who gives US the victory." Praise God, for the victory that Jesus won, He has graciously given to us. What a pr

Jesus Christ IS Our Resurrection Life Today

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies" John 11:25 Jesus Christ, Himself, is our resurrection. Jesus Christ, Himself, is our life. When we believe in Jesus Christ actively (“fixing our eyes on Jesus” Hebrews 12:2), all we can possibly be aware of is resurrection and life. Even if (or when) our physical body fails, we will still be in life, unbroken for even a second, because "Christ, Who is our life" (Col. 3:4) lives within us. He owns our spirits. We are in Him now and forever, and death can never touch Him again for Jesus Christ already died, once for all, to pay for our sins so that we may live forever

Our Spiritual Mind Set For Life And Peace

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace" Romans 8:6 What is your mind-set? God’s word tells us in this verse that if our mind is set on the flesh then death is the result. There is no spiritual life for us if we dwell upon the flesh (ours or somebody else’s). However God offers us a much more attractive and effective mind-set and that is to, praise God, fix our mind on the Spirit. Let your new default mind-set be upon the Spirit and the things of the Spirit of God and you will always be aware of life and peace. Jesus Christ has conquered death for us so now let us humbly, and gratefully embrace, and fix o

Receiving From The Spirit Of God

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God" 1 Corinthians 2:12 What channel is your receiver set to right now? The receiver inside of you that is. Our natural mind’s default setting is to receive from the spirit of this world. Whereas our new mind in Christ is set to receive the things freely given to us by God, which sounds so much better, don’t you agree? Sometimes we mistakenly allow our inner channel to switch back to the spirit of this world and then we do not know why we are not receiving the things freely given us by God. We need to fix our receiv

Letting Peace Rule In Your Heart

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful" Colossians 3:15 Here is God’s will for you today – let the peace of Christ rule in your heart and be thankful. God’s peace is His presence within you. Let the presence of Jesus Christ within you rule in your heart. Amen. And thank God that this is so. Thank Jesus for His peace for, as Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “He Himself is our peace” (2:14). The more you thank God for His peace, the more His peace arises in your mind and, therefore, the more you become aware of the peace of Christ ruling in your heart. This is intended to be a beautiful ci

Know That I Am God

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Cease striving and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 A few days ago we looked at the beginning of Psalm 46 which says, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Now, here in the closing section of this Psalm, we see "the way in," the affirmative faith response and recognition that God indeed is our refuge and strength. What do we do if we believe this? We cease our striving, in all our troubles, that’s what we do. Instead, we turn our full attention and devotion to the knowledge, the present moment knowing, with worship, that our Lord is God. He is God over us and in us, and He is certainly Lord over all that concerns us. We do

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