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Gratitude Is an Attitude

November 27th, 2019

Blessings Flow Through A Grateful Heart.

 “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!” Psalm 107:1 NKJ.

My thoughts today are that, gratitude is an attitude.”

May you be graced with our God’s pronounced blessing and favor. I am thankful for your daily fellowship in God’s Word. Thank you for giving me the honor to share His practical truth. I am privileged that you welcome my thoughts and comments, as you share EDL with family and friends. I rejoice whenever and wherever His Word is published and received into hungry hearts. Thankfully, Allen Randolph

Giving thanks is a holy benediction. Benediction simply means, “a good word or saying.” It feels good when you can look at what you have done or made, and can confidently say, “I am proud of that.” Satisfaction is a good feeling for a fulfilled life.

In the Garden of Eden, God gave His superlative benediction. When God surveyed the mystery and mastery of Creation, He described the work of His hands as, “good.” God rejoiced when He created the world and all that is in it, and finished with His masterpiece, Adam and Eve. Then God pronounced confidently, “It is very good.”

On the Cross of Calvary, Jesus spoke the ultimate benediction. As He hung upon a cross to die for our sins, He declared to Heaven and earth, “It is finished.” The single Greek word from which that phrase is translated was literally a benediction announcing, “this is my best effort and finest result.”

When you were created by the hand of God, and again when you were redeemed through faith in Christ, Heaven heard the Eternal Creator say again, and just as true as at Creation, “It is very good.” Think about that. God looks at you and speaks a wondrous benediction of grace, “very good!” It is never your right to disagree with God, disbelieving or contradicting what He prophesies over you in grace and love.

In humility and wonder, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Long ago, even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.” Ephesians 1:4 NLT. Will you be able to speak a similar benediction over your life, appraising what you have done with your time, talents, gifts and opportunities, and how you have lived your life for His pleasure and glory?

Your attitude is a choice only you can make. Gratitude is an attitude you choose. Gratitude is far more than a feeling you have; gratitude is a choice you make. This Thanksgiving look past your struggles and challenges of the moment and see the full measure of His grace, and the abounding nature of His love, and the generous supply of His daily provision. And simply be thankful. You will find more for which to be grateful than things about which to complain or regret.

When you count your blessings, life is best, and praise is loudest. The sincere and simple giving of thanks that I learned from a long-time mentor and friend is an affirmation of faith, “God is good all the time. And all the time, God is good.” That can be your fitting response for God’s goodness to you. Really, it is this simple, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV.

My prayer for you today is that you are grateful for all God has done for you.

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Devotionals

The Great Exchange

November 19th, 2019

Optimism Is The Better Choice.

 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace that you may overflow with hope.” Romans 15:13 NIV.

My thoughts and comments are about, “the great exchange.”

Good things are wonderful when they occur, and many times they will. But life cannot always be accurately predicted. Everything that happens to you will not always be good in that moment. It seems presumptuous to assume otherwise. All things do not go well all the time for any of us.

In such a time, trust your worries and fears to your Heavenly Father’s character and will. Paul was assuring that our Father, “knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Romans 8:28 MSG.

Optimism is always a better choice than pessimism. But optimism alone cannot change a present reality. Your present path may feel challenging, harder rather than easier. Hopes you have had may seem blurred by the moment’s doubt. There have been, and will yet be, times when your best efforts fail to accomplish what you hoped. You were diligent yet experienced what then seemed a reversal of fortune by no fault of your own.

Such situations can become befuddling, and you may feel tempted to cut your losses and just try to get through it. In disturbing times, it is better to seek and find a Biblical anchor. Truth brings healing and hope. Hope produces solid footing. No one can live well or long without hope.

Hope was the Apostle Paul’s desire and confidence for every believer. ”May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NIV.

Hope overflows from your heart, and flows to God’s heart, and from God’s heart to your faith, and from your faith to your circumstance. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure . .” Read Hebrews 6:17-20 NIV.

Our Savior will hold you safe and secure when you remain anchored to His Father’s Word by faith and obedience. If you bring it all to Jesus – your broken dreams, your plans that went awry, your best efforts that failed, your heart full of questions, and your disappointments and things not understood – He will restore what was stolen from you.

The process of true freedom requires your voluntary exchange. You give God what looks and feels to you like nothing more than ashes, the residue of yesterday’s reality and tomorrow’s uncertainty. In return, God gives you, “comfort, beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” Isaiah 61:3 NKJ. Now that is the great exchange. Trust your Heavenly Father with all that causes you regret, sadness, and worry. Ask and allow the Holy Spirit to anoint you with His oil of gladness.

My prayer for you today is to fill your heavy heart with the joy of the Lord.

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Devotionals

BE YOUR BEST SELF

November 9th, 2019

BE AN ORIGINAL.

 “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right

to become children of God.” John 1:12 NKJ.

My thoughts and comments today are, “be your best self.”

Have you ever imagined being someone else, or at least being more like someone you admire? I think a surprising number of people wistfully think about such a possibility. God has a better idea. Be an original. Just Be your best self. Why be content to be a copy instead of a divine original? The best of copies never duplicates an original creation. Don’t settle for less than the unique person God designed you to become.

Copying others is an inadequate path to achieving your personal potential. Envy of others whose popularity you lack, or whose talents you don’t possess is not a foundation for your own success. There will always be someone who seems to have less worries, better skills, more money, easier paths, or clearer plans.

Consider this. Be practical. If you could, what would you change about yourself? When asked, most people’s answer would likely identify some cosmetic aspect of appearance, or something outward, superficial, and ultimately inconsequential. Imagine if you and I would simply apply ourselves to be clear and more confident about who we are, and more diligent in achieving what we can be.

As a younger man and minister, I found it beneficial to memorize and recite this affirmation. ”I can’t do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God I will do.” That is a way to  be your best self. The surrounding culture offers empty claims that you would be better off, happier, or more satisfied, if you would just be more like the images advertisers project for the products you must buy, cars you must drive, homes you must have, and celebrities you should mimic. What this world sells are hollow promises.

You will be confident and content when you learn to be who God created you to be. Your life is neither random nor accidental. You are an original creation of God’s genius and grace. Don’t choose to be a second-best copy of anyone. You are a bundle of potential and possibility yet to be realized. You are graced with gifts and abilities that are wonderfully your own, distinct from all others.

God was clear, “I know the plans I have for you, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT. Isn’t that exactly what we are all looking for? God blesses what He creates and accomplishes what He intends. You are made in His image and likeness to be a unique expression of His nature. Paul describes us in this way, ”For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV. Like our English word, “poem,” the Greek word, “poema,” describes, “a creative work of expressive thought.” That is what you and I are in God’s eyes.

Your life and mine are to express God’s creative work of grace as being available to one and all. The source of a successful and satisfying life is your becoming God’s creative work of expressive thought with all you have, in all you do, in all you say, and all you are.

Jesus was clear and consistent. “I do nothing on My own but speak just what the Father has taught Me. 29 The One who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.” John 8:28-29. He only did what He saw the Father doing and only spoke what He heard His Father saying.

My assigned course is the singular plan and path that God has thoughtfully chosen just for my life, uniquely different from any other. “For I know the plans that I have for you . . plans for good . . to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT. A future without hope is discouraging. Hope without a future is wishful thinking.

My prayer for you today is to live for the praise and pleasure of your Creator.

EDL Communications 2019

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