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pastor500November, 2016

Dear Friends,

I trust you have prayed and decided on your election choices. Remember what the Bible says in Daniel 4:17, “…know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.”  I am not trying to be smart or cruel, but we need to remember the Lord God Almighty is sovereign.

Let’s change ‘gears’ and deal with something else this month.  It is the month of Thanksgiving (November 24th).  Consider with me the admonition in Scripture to “give thanks”.  1 Timothy 2:1 states, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men.”

This means that we thank God for hearing and answering – thank Him for what He has done, and is going to do for all men.  We are to give thanks in all things.  How can we thank God for terrible trials, such as accidents and death and sin?  We cannot; this is not what the Scripture means.  What God means is to thank Him for His presence (see John 14:18; Hebrews 13:5b) and power (see Romans 8:31-39) as we walk through such trials (see Romans 8:28).  In Christ Jesus there is victory and triumph over all (see 1 Corinthians 15:57), no matter how terrible.  Therefore, in everything (not for everything), as we walk through all – thank God for the victory He has given us through Christ.

One more passage – Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” One of the steps to peace in your life is prayer (4:6-7) and positive thinking (4:8-9).  The remedy for anxiety and worry: prayer.  The four words used for prayer show exactly how prayer is the answer to anxiety and worry.

  1. Prayer refers to the special times of prayer when we share periods of devotion and worship. Do you have a set time for this?
  2. Supplication refers to the prayers that focus on special needs. We pour out our soul to God.  We lay our needs before Him as a child crying, pleading and begging for His help, comfort, deliverance and peace.  Do you have times for this?
  3. Thanksgiving means that we thank and praise God for all He is and for all He has done for us. Do you do this often?
  4. Requests mean specific and definite requests. Our prayer is not to be general, but specific.  Tell your Lord exactly what is needed.

Brethren, we are to walk in God – live, move and have our being in Him – and we do this by prayer.  We pray “in everything” – all day long, as we walk and move about our daily affairs.

  1. We pray in times that are specifically set aside for devotion and worship.
  2. We supplicate – struggle in prayer – when facing times of deep and intense need.
  3. We offer thanksgiving (and praise) all day long, as we walk and move about.
  4. We offer our requests – specific requests – to God. We ask Him to do definite things, as we walk throughout the day.

Just some thoughts to help you as you go through the month of November.

Working on being more thankful,

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Pastor Frederick W. Carroll
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