August 1, 2019 Give Thanks

Hebrews 12-28_29

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Ezra 1:2 Recognize Who Gave It

City in mountains

This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.’ Ezra 1:2 

People receive things all the time. Recognizing who gave it does not always occur. Often people think that they got it completely on their own. They are unwilling to recognize who helped them along the way. They become a one-man show in life.

Wealthy people do not get their wealth completely on their own. They come up with some idea, but others work for them to make it possible. If others did not work for them, they would be very seriously limited in how much they could earn.

God had destroyed the nation of Judah and put the people into captivity in Persia. Cyrus was the king at the time. Immediately he recognized that God had given him all the nations that he had possessed. He gave God the credit for what He had and so He was going to have the temple built in Jerusalem to worship God at.

It is easy for people to forget how they got what they have. Most often people think that they got everything that they have on their own, without any help. While help from people in this world can go a long ways, a greater help is from God.

God is the One who oversees everything that occurs upon this earth. There is nothing that He does not have control of. He is the One who moves people to do things to help others in ways not directly seen. He is able to use those who follow Him and those who do not follow Him to fulfill His desires.

Believers are the first to recognize that it is God who is in control. It is God who is the provider of everything.

Everything that you have has been given to you by God or God has allowed you to have it. Without His hand of provision or allowance, you could not have it.

Through Jesus you have been given all power and authority in heaven and on earth. You have been given all the kingdoms of this earth. The purpose of this is to be His witness and to build His kingdom, to build temples to worship God.

You did not get all this on your own, it is only through the work of Jesus. Recognize this and give Him the praise.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will recognize God’s hand at work in your life; that you will recognize God’s provision in your life; and that you will build a temple in your heart to worship God. 

2 Chronicles 1:7 Asking God

Earth from space station

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 2 Chronicles 1:7 

Most people would like a blank check given to them to get whatever they want. They want to be able to write in the amount they want and know that it will be given. They dream of the genie in the bottle to grant their very wishes and desires.

God had did this very thing to Solomon. He appears to him and tells Solomon that he can ask for whatever he wants and he will be given it. It was a blank check given by God, Himself.

Many believers have read this passage and often dreamed of God doing this for them. Often this is done out of personal greed, desiring things for self, and not for the greater good.

Yet, many people forget that Jesus had made this same type of statement several thousand years later. He had stated that whatever one asks in His name, it would be given. This is a type of blank check.

God could see Solomon’s heart at the time He made the offer. He knew that Solomon would make a good choice. Solomon did not make a selfish choice for his own benefit, but one that would benefit the people as a nation.

God is always willing to grant requests when it lines up with His will and mission. His will that no one will die and His mission is to save every person. When requests are made with His will and mission in mind, God is more than willing to grant the request. These requests are not selfish or sinful in any way, they are made to God’s glory and kingdom.

Jesus has made this statement to you also. You can go before God and make your requests known to Him. As you go before Him with a request, take a moment to think about your request. Does your request line up with God’s will and mission? Or does it line up with personal greed and desire?

Go through the Bible and learn what God’s heart is about. What is His desire for you and all believers? Align your life and heart to that of God’s and you will ask things of God that line up with His desires. Then ask God and see how God works great things in and through you to build His kingdom.

I pray today that you will know God’s mission for you; that you will have a heart after God’s heart; that you will put God’s desires first in your life; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life to build His kingdom.