Song of Gratitude

June 19, 2019

Reagan Phillips, CORE Director

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Imagine with me for a minute that someone was trying to break into your home and hurt you and your family.  This enemy knows the weaknesses in your home defenses, knows when you sleep, and when you rise.  And now imagine with me that there is a song this enemy cannot tolerate or be near.  Whenever they hear this song, they pull back and run.

Wouldn’t you learn this song?  Wouldn’t you want to know every word, and sing it when you went to bed at night and when you got up in the morning.  You would sing it with your friends, your family, and strangers.  You would sing it from the rooftops and in the quiet places.  You would sing it when you were alone and in a crowd.  As you grew more confident in this song, wouldn’t you boldly sing it aloud toward your enemies and those out to hurt you.  You would become fearless as the words of the song became deeply embedded in your heart, soul, and mind. 

The enemy that knows your weaknesses is “the father of lies” (John 8:44), and he is prowling around seeking who he can devour, trying to break in our homes and cause destruction.  But there is a song that he cannot tolerate: the song of thanks to our Father.

Jesus tells us to “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation” (Matt 26:41). 

But, how do we watch?  We are to “continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with THANKSGIVING.” (Col. 4:2)  

 So…. We guard ourselves with thanksgiving.  And our song is GRATITUDE. 

We are called to be grateful for every big and little thing He has given us on this earth, because every gift is from the Father.  But the true, complete object of our gratitude and the meditations of our heart is Jesus Christ.  We deserve separation, yet God gives us relationship.  We deserve death, yet He gives us Life. 

 As children of God, let us be watchful to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus as we sing a beautiful song of gratitude. 

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