Message From Matt | November 23, 2018

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”  Hebrews 13:15-16
 
What pleases God?
 
According to this passage, the things that please God are to 1) Do Good, and 2Communicate Good Continually!  Let’s not overthink what this means because it’s simple…we should “do good” to others and for God!  It pleases Him when His children obey His Word and Spirit…this is doing good!  It pleases Him when we sacrifice of ourselves for the good of others…this is doing good!  It pleases Him when we let go of pride and ask forgiveness of someone that we have offended…this is doing good!  There are many ways that we can “do good” and we should always be looking for ways to do this!  But, the verse says that we should also communicate good things as well!  
 
Our words are important and they are powerful tools that can be used for destruction or edification!  They can be used to complain or they can be used to show the gratitude in our heart no matter what happens.  Life doesn’t always go the way that we want it to and there are times when the stresses of it can overwhelm us.  It could be finances, relationships, kids going down the wrong path, or feeling like we don’t have much good going on that  causes us to not want to  praise Him but we have to resist that temptation and commit to thank Him!   This might be you right now!  If so, maybe you think, “praising God is a sacrifice!”  Maybe you are in a place that you haven’t been praising God at all!  I think that there are several  reasons for this, here are a few examples:

 
  1. We get caught up in everyday life and forget!
  2. Things aren’t going our way and we don’t feel joyful!
  3. We have loss and wonder why God allowed it to happen! 
  4. Maybe your Thanksgiving day wasn’t anything to be thankful for and family strife was at an all-time high?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 
If any of these are happening now to you then do yourself a favor and just breathe!  Then start thinking about all the good things that God has done for you and I will guarantee you that your reasons to be thankful are greater than the things that drag you down!  Our problem many times is that we focus on what we don’t have (or what is going wrong) and don’t stop to think about all the good that we do have! 
 
Will you take a moment right now and write down 5 things on paper that God has done for you?

 
  1. ______________________________________________________

 
       2.  ______________________________________________________
 
       3.  ______________________________________________________
 
       4.  ______________________________________________________
 
       5.  ______________________________________________________
 
The last thought for today is that a complaining attitude about the problems in our life is a sign that we might not trust God!  A grateful attitude shows that we trust Him!  God does not like a critical and complaining attitude!  No matter what is happening in your life today, choose to be thankful!  Choose to trust Him!  As Dave Ramsey says, “We have better than what we deserve!” 
 

God bless you all today!  Bekah and I are grateful to call you friends!