Something For Your Spirit

     Elder Thomas W. Burgess

                                                   August 2023

                                   Have Faith In God's Promises

Zephaniah 3:12 & 13 KJV...I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. 13...The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

When you begin in chapter one thru 3 you discover many similarities of this time in history compared to today's events and how closely they mirror each other. Leaders then were corrupt, peoples hearts were far from God, the prophet calling for repentance of the people while there is still time to do so.
The truth of the Passover in Egypt, where those hidden behind blood-marked doors were protected from the angel of death (Exodus chapter 12), is repeated in the promise of Zephaniah 2:3 KJV where the meek of the earth who have upheld God's justice will be hidden in the day of the Lord's anger. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life John 3:16 KJV.

Chapter 1 is "God's Message to Judah", Chapter 2 "Seek The Lord" and chapter 3 "God's Judgement on Judah." But chapter 3 is where the passages for this message are found. As in our world, nation, city, community and neighborhood today, difficult times are with us. Truth is questionable because unless that truth fits our point of view there is no agreement consequently chaos is everywhere.

But there is great news in the midst of all the bad...God is still in control. Verse 12..."I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord". When a society has no tolerance for the least of us, God steps in to remind them "Have Faith In My Promises".
The 23rd Psalm tells us of His promises. The poor will have what they need because the money is God's and in His economy the poor are rich. Since we are like sheep, His promises as our shepherd are we shall not want for anything. He restores broken souls, leads us in the path of righteousness. When we walk through the valley and shadow of death, (the operative word is "Through") ...we are not to fear any evil because He is with us. He prepares a table for us to eat from in the very presence of enemies.

We have the Promise's of Jesus who reminds us "Faith is Power". Some may tell people about their need to climb the rough side of the mountain in life's journey but my Bible say's Jesus said if you have the faith of a grain of a mustard seed you can say to the mountain move and if you don't doubt it will move.

We have the Promises of The Holy Spirit living inside you that enables you to do miraculous things. Acts chapter 3 find Peter and John going to the temple for prayer when they are asked by a lame man for alms (money). Peter told him they had no money but they had a name. In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. The lame man did just that and was seen in the temple walking and Praising God. "Faith" is what unlocks doors, feeds you when you are broke, provides that miracle you need when The Holy Spirit say's "Do whatever it is" and you do it. So many times when we are faced with an impossible challenge, we ask God to open a door for us. He is saying "Turn The Knob".

Zephaniah 3:13 KJV...The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid. Jesus said in John 15:16 have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17...These things I command you, that ye love one another.

Thank You Lord For Your Word.

Thank You Lord

Scripture Reference
Psalm 95:2

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms (KJV)...

It seems to be on the minds of many, we don't have reasons to be thankful anymore. According to some, we have a President of the United States that was not born here and does not love America (which is silly)...the degree of hatred among people is seemingly at an all time high. Police are killing people for little to no justification, people are killing each other at alarming rates in many cities across America, worldwide fear of groups determined to kill any and everyone who doesn't believe what they believe and on and on and on.  

The definition of thankfulness is...heartfelt gratitude  to God expressed in response to his love and mercy. We should always give thanks and have a heart for thanksgiving because no matter how bad things may seem, it could be worse and quite honestly there is so much to be thankful for.

The 100th Psalm verse 4 says...Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name...verse 5...For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. That alone is reason to say "Thank you Lord.

For some time now, I have posted on Google+ and facebook daily just telling God Thank You. I have reached the point and age where I am very conscious of the reality of fewer days in front of me than behind me. When my wife is sleeping, I find myself listening to her breathe, telling her how much I love her when we wake up because Grace, Mercy and God's Love had been extended to us one more time.

There is reason to Thank The Lord because you are in your right mind, you have the use of your faculties and limbs, you are healthy or have a reasonable portion of health and strength, your children, grand children and great grand children are alive, you have food to eat. If you don't, isn't it amazing how God will bring someone to you willing to buy you food or put money into your hand.

Even in death we have reason to say Thank You for that person's life and what they imparted into yours. Thank God for His Son and for the debt he paid for our salvation. Thank you Lord even though I struggle to pay bills and stay ahead, you always provide for me. Thank you Lord because even though my car may be falling apart, you keep it running so I don't have to have a car note.

Thank you Lord for Goodness and Mercy all the day's of my life, Thank You Lord for those reading this. The Holy Spirit spoke to me to share these words so someone going through will be encouraged. Thank You Lord for my Pastor praying over our lives early in the morning while we slept. Thank You Lord for the opportunity to witness about your Love for all mankind.

Though I am not wealthy by the world's standard, I have you in my heart and that makes me more wealthy than one who has millions but doesn't know you. Thank You Lord because You honor covenants (promises)...You told Abraham his descendants would be is thousands of years later and we today are blessed because of that promise. (Genesis 12:3)...Only God could make that promise and never break it so Thank You Lord.

Thank You God for Your Word...John 3:16...For You so loved world that You gave Your only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Thank You Lord for allowing me to be a whosoever.

Thank You Lord because You are Worthy of All Honor. Glory and Praise.

Latest comments

15.05 | 02:29

Thank you for sharing.

06.03 | 16:51

Thank you for sharing, it is so very true that his abiding love produces great faith, which has produced peace in my life over and over again, allows me to live through my midnight to wake up to JOY!

02.03 | 01:20

Amen and AMEN! HE’s sweet. I KNOW...❤️🙏🏽

21.06 | 05:36

Thanks for keeping me in mind.

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