For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. ~ Ephesians 2:10, nlt
Who are your accusers?
Jesus asked the woman in John 8, “Where are your accusers?”
As I read, pictures of faces of those who have accused me flashed, mug-shot-style through my mind.
I settled in with the message of Jesus’ question, “Where are your accusers?” and stopped short with Jody’s insight:
The relentless accusing like the woman experienced also happens in my life. It is the job of Satan to keep the words rolling relentlessly in my head to chip away at my worth. But I have an Advocate and His name is Jesus Christ. He is right there in God’s Throne Room speaking on my behalf. Jesus came down to my level, lived a full life here on earth. He stood tall on that Sunday morning. Death was defeated; the Accuser was silenced. I have His voice in my spirit now. ~Jody Neufeld
Might the most insidious accusers be the one from below and the one from within?
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 (NLT)
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. ~ Philippians 1:6, NLT
Things are very hectic here…lots of checklists without checks beside the items.
My friend Jill had 5 inches of snow last night. We are expecting another drastic temperature dip in the next day or so.
For encouragement, I thought I would post some pretty and vibrant flowers today!
May you have a blessing for each one of these flowers, becauseofgrace!
Stay warm and safe!
(and this is my 845th post! thank you for being here with me :) )
2 Samuel 22:50: Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name.
1 Chronicles 16:8: Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!
1 Chronicles 16:34: Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
1 Chronicles 23:30: to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at evening;
1 Chronicles 29:11-13: Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all. “Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name.”
2 Chronicles 5:13: Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud,
Ezra 3:11: And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
Psalm 18:49: Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name.
Psalm 26:7: That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works.
Psalm 30:4: Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
Psalm 35:18: I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people.
Psalm 50:14: Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High.
Psalm 50:23: Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”
Psalm 69:30: I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 75:1: We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.
Psalm 79:13: So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, Will give You thanks forever; We will show forth Your praise to all generations.
Psalm 92:1: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
Psalm 95:1-6: Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
Psalm 97:12: Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
Psalm 100: Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
Psalm 107:1: Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 105:1-2: Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works!
Psalm 106:1: Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 116:17: I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord.
Psalm 118:29: Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 119:62: At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments.
Psalm 140:13: Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; The upright shall dwell in Your presence.
Psalm 147:7: Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God,
Daniel 2:23: “I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to us the king’s demand.”
Daniel 6:10: Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Jonah 2:9: But I will sacrifice to You, With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.”
Luke 17:15-16: And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
1 Corinthians 1:4: I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,
1 Corinthians 15:57: But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 9:15: Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:10-11: Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
Ephesians 5:3-4: But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
Philippians 4:6: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Colossians 2:6-7: As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 3:15: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Colossians 3:17: And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Colossians 4:2: Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
1 Thessalonians 5:18: In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Hebrews 13:15: Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
1 Timothy 1:12: And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,
1 Timothy 2:1: Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
Revelation 7:12: Saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
Do you have any special Thanksgiving Scriptures to add to this list?
“Hurry rushes toward the destination and fails to enjoy the journey” ~Alan Fadling in his book An Unhurried Life*
A sudden winter ice storm caused me to do it today as the roads became slick with frozen reminders that we are not in charge.
Perhaps the early sunset will cause you to do it.
Perhaps a cold, or other wintertime illness with cause you to do it.
Or a traffic jam,a long line,
Or a brief encounter with beauty:
Whether or not it is intentional or unintentional, might you take time to take your time this weekend?
Might you unHurry?
There will be time to jump on the conveyor belt of busy…
But, perhaps, this weekend, especially today when many flags will fly at half-staff,
it is a good time to engage in the unHurry, in the uneventfully vital.
Sit and watch/Stand and see/kneel and pray/
unHurry for a respite.
I first learned about Fadling’s book from this post at Domestic Serenity
Photo by M.Webb