If we are to receive the Kingdom on Earth, then we must offer up praise and thanksgiving no matter what is going on around us. We must give thanks for our lives, our circumstances and for everyone around us. This is God's will for us.
We are to give thanks, not only when things seem great, but when trouble strikes and threatens to take away our happiness and peace of mind. It is written in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus." If we do this, even when it doesn't seem right or even logical, then we are claiming that the Lord is our God and He is then able to act on our behalf and deliver us from whatever is transpiring in our lives.
We must also guard our tongues with great care, and speak forth only that which we wish to experience. It is written in Proverbs 18:20-21 NKJV "A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who live it will eat its fruit."
When you find in life that certain things keep happening over and over again, one must ask 'why is this so?' Could it be because we are receiving exactly what we are speaking? If the power of life and death are in the tongue, then we must use if for our good. We must use it to speak forth life. We must use it to speak forth joy and so on.
The entire Universe was created by God. With His spoken word, He created the Earth. You only have to read Genesis in the Bible to discover how this was done. God spoke everything into existence with his commands. Genesis 1:3 NKJV says 'Then God said, "Let there be light", and then there was light.'
We all want to experience Heaven on Earth. The Bible says that we are made in His image. Genesis 1:27 NKJV says "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." So then, if we are made in His image, then we too can utilise His word and bring things into being by speaking them into our lives and situations. When we declare something positive and good with our mouths, we are giving force to the promises that God has for all of His children.
The power of His word is available to us all. Hebrews 4:12 says "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." When we activate His word with our voices, there is no limit to what can be achieved. His word is alive!
Just about every topic you can imagine is written about in the Bible. He has got it all covered! We are to use it for the betterment of our families, our relationships, our businessess, our churches, and even for our nations. That's why prayer is very powerful. When we speak forth the written word of God and claim the promises from within the Bible, God will act upon them. After all, He has set them there for us to use as guidelines on how and what we should pray for. How about that for taking care of His flock!
John 15:7 NKJV says "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." God is faithful. He will faithfully carry out His plans for you and for all of His chldren for all eternity. When we seek to please Him above all else, and when we seek to do the will of God, the Kingdom shall be ours, and we will experience Heaven on Earth. Matthew 6:33 says "but seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." Praise His might name! Amen.
PS We have a lot to be thankful for don't we! Psalm 100:5 says "The LORD is good; his love is eternal and his faithfulness lasts for ever." Praise God!
Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit whom I believe have gifted me with these words for you today. Amen.