Beholding The Beauty Of Who God Is & What He Has Done

Today's Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple” Psalm 27:4 How does ministering to the Lord enable us to see the beauty of the Lord? It is because, as David had written in an earlier Psalm, “In Your presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11), Whose joy we receive when ministering to our Lord, for we are praising God exclusively for Who He is and what He has done, and this is all joyful and beautiful. God is beautiful and what He has done is beautiful! When we minister to our Lord we are allowing ourselves to be

Beholding The Beauty Of The Lord & Seeing Our High Priest

Today's Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple” Psalm 27:4 I’ve shared with you how ministering to the Lord truly softens our hearts, particularly because of the blessing of our continual beholding the beauty of the Lord in His presence. Going hand in hand with our hearts being softened in God’s presence, as we behold His beauty, is that Jesus Christ, our High Priest, is also able to be seen with us in that very moment as we minister as priests unto God. For Scripture declares of our Savior that “He always lives

Beholding The Beauty Of The Lord Softens Your Heart

Today's Word Of Encouragement from Wayne: “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple” Psalm 27:4 The practice of ministering to the Lord is a heart softener and “to behold the beauty of the Lord” is the reason why. We all behold something, all of the time, every day. As for me, I will minister to my Lord so I may “behold the beauty of the Lord.” You know, we do become what we behold, and out of the abundance of the heart our mouth speaks. So, let us behold the beauty of our Lord in the presence of God as we minister as priests before Him, so we may

The Blessing Of Asking For & Seeking After One Thing From The Lord

Today's Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple” Psalm 27:4 This “one thing” that David asked from the Lord, which is now our blessed reality as priests of God, reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s words in the New Testament, from His letter to the church at Philippi, when he wrote,“I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,” further stating his desire “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings” (Philippians 3:8,10).

Dwell In The House Of The Lord All The Days Of Your Life

Today's Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple” Psalm 27:4 These are the words of someone who knew the blessed truth and reality of ministering to the Lord. There was just one thing David was asking of the Lord, and he sought after that one thing. David’s desire was to “dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.” You and I presently have the house of the Lord dwelling within us, in “Immanuel... God with us” (Matthew 1:23), so we may now, by the grace of God and the blood of Christ, live “all the day

Singing Your Song Of Victory In God’s Presence

Today's Word Of Encouragement From Wayne : “And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me. And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord” Psalm 27:6 In verse four of this Psalm, David was in God’s presence, beholding the beauty of the Lord and meditating in His temple. In verse five David was in a “day of trouble” and he experienced God’s presence as being an ark of safety, where he was hidden away in a secret place with God, and being lifted up on a rock. Now, in verse six, this progression continues with David in God’s presence being “lifted up above my enemies” in victory and so he is singing praises. All of th

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. To me, this represents the consistency, the everlasting nature, and the great b

Give Glory And Honor And Thanks

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever” Revelation 4:9 For the past two days we have been appreciating the value of our being with our Lord and saying in His presence, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57), and “Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:14), for it is through our beholding Him as our victory and as our triumph that His victory and triumph becomes our victory and triumph. The more we take the time to see our Lord in His glory and thank Him in His presence for Who He is and for what He

God Always Leads Us In Triumph

Today’s Word Of Encouragement from Wayne: “Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place” 2 Corinthians 2:14 Blessed child of God, give thanks to your gracious Abba Father this day, for He “always leads us in triumph in Christ.” Certainly this is true. Think on this. God doesn’t lead us in defeat, does He? No, He always leads us in triumph in Christ. Even if you experience a defeat in your life, your God will always lead you “in triumph in Christ,” because your God will always lead you directly to Jesus Christ, Who is your triumph - over sin, death, separation from God, the world, the flesh, the dev

Thank God For Your Victory

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Corinthians 15:57 Would you like to behold your victory in Jesus Christ today? Yes? Then give thanks to God. For it is as you look solely to Him, with praise and thanksgiving, that you are enabled to clearly see your victory in Jesus Christ. By looking to God with thanks, your eyes are cleared in His presence to see Him just as He is. And He is victorious! And He lives in you, so this makes you victorious! God has given us our victory and we clearly see and understand that our victory is “through our Lord Jesus Christ.” You may be asking yourself, “my victory over what?” The

Thank God For His Indescribable Gift

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” 2 Corinthians 9:15 Jesus Christ is God’s “indescribable gift” to us and to this world. Jesus Christ, in Himself, is so amazingly full of grace and truth (John 1:16-17), extending through eternity, that we, with our limited capacity to receive and understand, can only attempt to describe what we ourselves have witnessed and received concerning Jesus Christ. But we all know that we cannot completely describe Him, Who is indescribable. So, what are we to do? The answer is to praise and thank God for His indescribable gift. Yes say, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift,” for in doing so, you are direc

I Will Give You Thanks Forever, Because You Have Done It

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I trust in the lovingkindness of the Lord forever. I will give You Thanks forever, because You have done it” Psalm 52:8-9 Do you notice right away in these words of David from the 52nd Psalm that, in his mind, trusting in God’s lovingkindness and giving Him thanks went hand in hand? Yes, just like David, allow yourself this day to behold God’s love for you and then immediately give Him thanks. Beholding God’s love and having an immediate response of giving Him thanks cultivates a sensitive and grateful heart within you towards all that your Lord has done for you. Hallelujah Abba Father and Lord Jesus, “I will give You Thanks forever, because You hav

Always Give Thanks Through Jesus Christ To Our Father

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 7:25 Beloved child of God, here is one guaranteed way for your thanksgivings to God to become fully enlivened for you and God honoring to Him, and that is for you to specifically give thanks to the Father through Jesus Christ. Our Father has designed it this way, that every one us, in approaching Him, will directly go to, and then through, our Lord Jesus Christ unto Him, every time. It is just as Paul wrote to the Colossians, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of our Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Colossians 3:17). If you are awakened to God’s will be

A Great Reason To Give Thanks Today

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 is a great reason for you and I to live in a state of perpetual thanksgiving to God. “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 blessed we are to become aware of and believe that God is good, and therefore the more enriched in Him we are. Become joyfully acquainted with thanking God

In The Company Of Thanksgiving

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “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 Look at the amazing company that thanksgiving keeps in this great verse from the book of Revelation. 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 lives. A spir

Offer God 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 thanksgiving. If we are so busy in our daily lives that we justify our having no time for God, and yet yield to Him nonetheless, entering His presence to honor Him and praise Him, this is a sacrifice of thanksgiving. O beloved child of

Thanksgiving In Prayer Equals Peace

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” Philippine 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 a 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, even before you pray, that you would first “enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Psalm

Give Thanks “For Your Name Is Near”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks, for Your name is near” Psalm 75:1 Oh hallelujah, beloved of God, here is yet another great reason for you and I to be praising God this day, throughout this day, and every day; “for Your name is near.” Because of our wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ, Whom we have given our lives to in the reception of Him as our God and our new life, He now lives within us! His name is so near to us that it is in us! Right now in this moment Jesus lives within us (Colossians 1:27) as “‘Immanuel,’which translated means, ‘GOD WITH US’” (Matthew 1:23). The very name of God our Savior, in itself, is given to us as a gift, to p

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

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