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Grateful to God for all of His blessings and benefits.

I woke up this morning as usual with a song in my mind and thanking God. I was reminded of what the psalmist wrote:

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”— Psalm 103:1

Are we truly blessing the Lord God when we merely say, “Bless the Lord”? It is not possible to speak a blessing upon the Lord God. I mean, if your car was broken beyond repair, and someone gave you a new car, you would feel blessed and give abundant thanks to and praise God. But the blessing materialized to you as a new car. How does the mouthing of blessing become a blessing to God?

I can tell you how it does not become a blessing. When speaking the phrase, “Bless the Lord,” is rote or does not come from a faithful soul. The same applies to people that thank God as a rote practice or an off-the-cuff remark when they find their missing glasses.

God is not blessed by our mouthing a “Bless the Lord” no more than you are blessed when someone knows your car went kaput and says, “I’ll think about you.” So?

God is blessed when our “Bless the Lord” comes from a deeply grateful soul that is poignantly aware of his or her benefits from God. People pick out the phrase “Bless the Lord,” but most do not read the rest of what the psalmist wrote.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” — Psalm 103:2-5

It is not difficult to realize that the psalmist had spent some time thinking of all God’s benefits in his life. The phrase, “Bless the Lord” was not just a casual utterance or something he uttered because it seemed the religious thing to do.

It was an eruption of gratitude from his soul. The words mean little to God, but when compelled and empowered by deep and near speechless gratitude, they convey a pleasing sacrifice of praise.

Therefore, it is not our words that bless God, but our words that are soaked with gratitude blesses or pleases Him.

I am grateful today. Although the world may groan, complain, and bemoan its state, I take time to assess my condition. Spiritually and physically I am bestowed with many of God’s benefits. All around me today there may be many calamities. People will be in angst, or angry, depressed, or their spirits crushed or enraged, but as the psalmist wrote:

“He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.” —Psalm 107:29

Godly Thomas Zimmerman, whom I greatly admired, once remarked, “Remember, when you’re in the storm, the storm doesn’t have to be in you.”

In this time of turmoil in politics and evil shenanigans, when people are obsessed with things they cannot control, It is time to put our hope fully in God. I do not want the storm in me—and life is full of storms.

There is no greater way to have a grateful heart than to search the treasure chest of your soul and realize all of God’s benefits. Then you can do something truly marvelous. You can bless the Lord.

Can you imagine what He is hearing from the majority of people in our nation right now? Is it a blessing to Him? Would we rather be a blessing than receive one?

“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” — Psalm 107:31


People are being played by the enemy. Every trial we enter, every battle we fight, every temptation we struggle with, all ministry, and everything else that wars against our spirits, causes an exertion of spiritual power.

Any man of God can testify that anointed preaching takes a toll on his strength. I pray and sometimes fast when I have to deal with a major issue that will require much spiritual strength.

Consider that in the following passage Christ felt power go out of Him when a woman touched the hem of His robe.

And Jesus said, “Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.” — Luke 8:46

The Greek word for virtue is translated from the Greek word for power.

Virtue: Greek—dynamis; miraculous power.

In the next passage, we understand that the Holy Spirit imparts power to us.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” —Acts 1:8

Power: Greek—dynamis; miraculous power.

Does anyone understand that power going out must be replenished by power coming in or we can become weak.

“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” — Proverbs 24:10

Please consider this warning. People are being lured to stress about this volatile political situation. It is draining them of power. They will become weak and faint spiritually in a time when they need to be at their strongest.

Turn off the news programs. Don’t read all the reporting on the Internet about this fiasco. This world is not your home and the secular realm is Satan’s domain.

Whatever happens with this election, there is nothing we can do by obsessing with the details of this power struggle. Do we really want to be spiritually drained in such a time as this?

Remember that old dragon Satan drew a third of the angels with his tail and cast them to earth. He is drawing God’s people into a nasty cloud of contention so that he can strike them down.

Pray, read God’s word, do whatever is uplifting, encouraging, and that replenishes rather than drains your spiritual energy.

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” — Colossians 3:1-3

Why We Should Not Trust in Political Salvation

“Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.” — Job 15:31

Although some of my friends are declaring a Trump win, many people are very nervous about the coming election on November 3rd. As I wrote in 2016 until Christ returns we will remain one election from dominance by diabolical people. Every four years we can expect an increasingly worse display of petulant outrage and fanatical individuals acting out their hatred for Republicans, Conservatives, Christians, policemen, and anyone not wearing a flat-bill hat. Of course, having an American flag, wrong political sticker, stickers indicated support for hunting, fishing, golf, military, law enforcement, church, Chick-fil-A, NRA, et cetera, anywhere on your body, clothing, or vehicle, is considered by evil people as grounds for attack.

Some people are not convinced that Trump will win because of the widespread mail-in voter fraud, the completely scurrilous and scandalous news media, and shenanigans by diabolical Social Media moguls. It is not going to be a peaceful reaction no matter who declares themselves to be the winner.

It is no wonder that guns and ammunition are disappearing from the stores. Some people I have talked with are preparing to hunt if there is a food shortage. Most are prepared to defend themselves and their homes and businesses. They are deeply concerned about remarks from leading Democrats that they will start a violent revolution if they lose on November 3rd.

Consider what the Democrats have committed already—burning cars and buildings, dragging people out of their vehicles and beating them nearly to death, outright killing people, screaming, cursing, dressing as demons, killing police officers, looting, and destroying businesses, destroying entire cities, et cetera. That’s the face and soul of the Democrat Party today.  Continue reading

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