‘Tis the Season for Joy and Gratitude!

Have you ever shouted with joy and been extremely grateful because God answered your prayer? You have joy so unspeakable that your insides quiver like jelly! You go about your day with a smile, a hum, a little tune. People on the street wonder, “What’s happening with her?” I have! Why? Because God Is! The great I AM THAT I AM—IS!  Ask yourself, “Would I still have joy and be grateful if God never answered another of my prayer requests?” “Is my relationship with the Almighty, the Lover of My soul, The Alpha and Omega, contingent upon Him doing something more for me than He’s already done?” When He uttered “It is Finished,” He meant everything is finished, accomplished, paid in full! There is nothing else He can give or do for us than what He came to do, die a cruel death on the cross, in my place and yours. The Bible says in John 19:30 “When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” We can be joyous and have gratitude simply because GOD IS!

Read these lyrics sung by a very talented artist, Vicki Yohe: “I worship you Lord; Lord, I love you, Lord; Because of who You are, I give You glory; Because of who You are, I give You praise; Because of who You are, I will lift my voice and say; Lord, I worship You because of who You are; Lord I worship You because of who You are!”

Despite everything that has, is currently happening, or will happen in the future, GOD Is! Those of us who have been abused Psalm 103:6 says, “The Lord executes righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed”; bullied Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”; those of us who have been lied to, cheated on, stolen from Luke 8:17 says, “For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all”; those who reap the benefits of bad decisions, consider that David and Bathsheba are Solomon’s parents; those of us who are poor in spirit…the Beatitudes say, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

This Thanksgiving be joyous and grateful simply because, GOD IS!

Yvonne Cole



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