“Where there is Love and Wisdom, there is neither Fear nor Ignorance.
Where there is Patience and Humility, there is neither Anger nor Annoyance.
Where there is Poverty and Joy, there is neither Cupidity nor Avarice.
Where there is Peace and Contemplation, there is neither Care nor Restlessness.
Where there is the Fear of God to guard the dwelling, there no enemy can enter.
Where there is Mercy and Prudence, there is neither Excess nor Harshness.”
—Francis of Assisi
Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? ~1 Corinthians 10:16
What are you thankful for?
How has God blessed you?
Typical answers to these questions seem to be:
I’m thankful that God woke me up today and that I can live another day.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. ~ Psalm 100:3
I’m thankful for my family and friends.
And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:18
I’m thankful for my health.
Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and let them enjoy abundant peace and security. ~ Jeremiah 33: 6
I’m thankful to know God and his great love for us.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. ~ Psalm 103:8
I’m thankful God has fulfilled my needs and more.
Praise the Lord. I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness. He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—holy and awesome is his name.The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.To him belongs eternal praise. ~ Psalm 111
This might be the typical list but this list isn’t exhaustive. Our list could go on forever for all the things that we could be thankful for. We should be thankful for those beautiful starry nights. The innocent laugh of a child. The way the wind blows through our hair and gently touches our skin. Every simple thing counts!
God made it. He made it ALL!
We need to thank God every day for every wonder He put into our lives. Not only do we need to be aware of what we are thankful for but we need to live out our thankfulness.
The biggest thing we should be thankful for is our salvation; for Jesus as He died for our sins. We need to remember what God did for us and drink the cup of thanksgiving, the blood of Christ, the cup of remembrance.
Participate in communion and remember all this. Drink from the cup of thanksgiving!
And like I said we need to show our thankfulness. Our love for God needs to show in our lives. We need to show our thankfulness by going where God wants us to go, by following him without asking any questions. We need to let Jesus’ love shine through us for all the world to see!
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31
Read John 4:1-30
Naturally, the best way to start such a series on cups is start with the cup that is filled with something spectacular. It’s the cup filled with blessings. It’s the cup leading to eternity. It’s the cup of life.
In the selected passage, the Samaritan woman was imperfect. She had had five husbands and was now with another man. She wanted to understand what it was that Jesus was telling her. Yet, she was confused by the social norms. After all, she says, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?”
But Jesus tries to break down those norms and reaches out to her, an imperfect person. He offers her living water. Water that will become a spring of water. Water that wells up to eternal life. It’s not ordinary spring water. It’s moving water. Living water!
This water satisfies. No one will ever thirst again. You won’t need anything else.
But who qualifies for such special water? Who is worthy to drink from this cup of life?
The Samaritan women certainly wasn’t worthy. She had sinned. Yet, Jesus offered her a drink from this cup of life. Just like Jesus had asked her to put aside social norms for a cup of water from Jacob’s well, so Jesus has put aside our transgressions.
We ourselves might not be considered worthy. We have sinned. We have done the unforgivable. But Jesus is still standing there, holding out the cup of life and asking us to come to Him, the source of all life.
The question is: will we take the cup Jesus has offered or will we choose a different cup?
People are often unreasonable and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you.
Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
~ Mother Teresa
Hey everyone! My awesome friend Joshua wanted to share his testimony with you. Thanks so much for sharing Josh! Sending prayers and blessings your way!
As God would have it, I went throughout my whole school career having a pervasive development disorder known as “Aspergers Syndrome”. It’s a high functioning form of autism and has gained much attention over the past several years. Personally, I have a hyper active mind and that causes me to think about possibly anything except the task at hand. I experience below average or zero short term memory. Yet, I can remember an entire day from 1996 down to my outfit. And I still fight social anxiety because social settings are stressful and more difficult than for “neuro-typicals”, people without autism. I overcame the disorder, alongside self-diagnosis of an eating disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, social phobia and anxiety, from sexual abuse (rape) at the age of ten or eleven, plus, being raised by my wonderful single mother.
As a Christian, I walk close with God, my Father, and redicated my life to Him in 2008. At 19 years old, this was a decade after being raped and me tearfully and painfully confessing the event to my mother, I was liberated. After bouts with severe mental depression, sexual confusion, pornography addiction, masturbation, a life of loneliness and no girlfriends, drugs, alcohol, wild, life threatening parties, domestic abuse, faced with homelessness, air mattress nights and a dim, misunderstood, flawed life outlook (denying autisms place in my life to the core), I stand a young/old 24 years of age. God has kept me and will continue to do so.
I was searching for God, love, purpose. No dad around. I made TV, celebrities, hedonism and self pleasure my gods, idols. I tried it. Began reading my Bible at 19 years old, my party stage. God was speaking to me. I was raped and thought I had a deadly std. A false complex. Anyway, I had panic attacks, fighting God’s will. I quit. I confessed to my mom that I was raped and I was liberated. Set free.
I was a babe but wanted to be a pastor. Preaching, judging anyone next to me. Through trial and error in my walk, and struggling to this day to kill sin, I have a pretty good head on my shoulders now. I was a super pharissee from 19 years of age to very recent times. Scaring people away from God. I still love God, and I want to bring Him glory. Giving up more of my life each moment, trying with all that is in me, at least. Learning biblical manhood and I don’t really belong to a church. I was at a church which felt good at first. But after three long, servant oriented years, I learned of false teaching, and the prosperity gospel. Praying about that situation. Sometimes I attend a particular Presbyterian church I totally enjoy worshipping together there. Christ centered grounds. I just need to go consistently, prayerfully. Pastor John Piper and desiringGod ministries really encourage and challenge me to grow in Christ. They have plenty of free resources and I thank God for my adopted family there.
To His praise and celebration, I live life with purpose, encouraging whoever may be next to me at any given moment, in different methods. I am passionate, compassionate, motivated, humbled, perfectly lead, intimately family oriented loving and also any bad thing you could think of.
The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? ~ Jeremiah 17:9 (New Living Translation edition Bible)
God’s indescribably perfect love, grace, mercy and forgiveness is my everything. And I pray, through my God’s honest testimony of providence and His awesome character, my life story will stir your heart to come back to Jesus, God’s Son, the Risen Saviour of the world.
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. ~ John 3:16, 17 (New Living Translation edition Bible).
That’s all…for today! Haha. God bless us all. Life is meant to be lived.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. ~ John 14:6 (New Living Translation edition).
Amen. My family is the best. I love you! God is Love. Grace and peace to all who read my growing story.
“Woe to the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled!
She obeys no one, she accepts no correction.
She does not trust in the Lord, she does not draw near to her God.
Her officials are roaring lions, her rulers are evening wolves, who leave nothing for the morning.
Her prophets are arrogant; they are treacherous men.
Her priests profane the sanctuary and do violence to the law.
The Lord within her is righteous; he does no wrong.
Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.
I have cut off nations; their strongholds are demolished.
I have left their streets deserted, with no one passing through.
Their cities are destroyed; no one will be left – no one at all.
I said to the city, “Surely you will fear me and accept correction.”
Then her dwelling would not be cut off nor all my punishments come upon her.
But they were still eager to act corruptly in all they did.
Therefore, wait for me” declares the Lord, “for the day I will stand up to testify.
I have decided to assemble the nations, to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them – all my fierce anger.
The whole world will be consumed by the fire of my jealous anger.
Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder.
From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshippers, my scattered people, will bring me offerings.
On the day you will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me, because I will remove from this city those who rejoice in their pride.
Never again will you be haughty on my holy hill.
But I will leave within you the meek and humble, who trust in the name of the Lord.
The remnant of Israel will do no wrong; they will speak no lies, nor will deceit by found in their mouths.
They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid.”
Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy.
The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.
On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.
The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
The sorrow for the appointed feasts I will remove from you; they are a burden and a reproach to you.
At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you; I will rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered.
At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home.
I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes.” says the Lord.
~ Zephaniah 3