Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, November 24th, 2011
Be Thankful
From them will proceed thanksgiving, and the voice of those who celebrate; And I will multiply them and they will not be diminished; I will also honor them and they will not be insignificant.
Jeremiah 30:19 (NAS)
Celebrate! Let your shouts of joy ring loud and clear today. They are music to your Father's Ears, like the sounds of happy children playing in the back yard. These same sounds are like fingernails on a chalkboard to Satan, so let the good times roll. When you are joyful and thankful to God, Satan must leave the premises. He can't get close to you or your house.

On the other hand, whining or complaining will call him back. So, we will not bicker, whine, or complain today.

If we remember to be ever thankful, we will be ever joyful. We will also be multiplied, honored, and significant. I have learned a lifetime of knowledge in my short years as a Christian, but I have only touched the surface of God's abundant answers. One might ask, 'How can we be joyful in mourning or loss?' Surely, sadness can come like a wave washing over a rock.

But the wave passes, and the rock remains. The Rock is Jesus; you are part of Him, and He is part of you. Here's the best news: these waves you endure don't just shake you, they wash and transform you. Through them, you become more like Him, and the foundation of joy inside you grows.

On the other side, I know that life without Christ is desolation--an emptiness we try to fill with every kind of distraction and diversion. They are also like waves, but a different type--more like temporary pleasures. But when they pass by, we are left worse than before: empty, desolate, and seeking the next one.

As a Christian, joy is your rock. Stand on it. Jump. Play. Sing. Dance. Shout. Be passionate in praise for your life, which was given back to you in abundance the very day you chose Jesus. Let everyone see you thanking your God.

If you are in the midst of trials, so much better is your witness. People will ask, 'How can she be so happy while this or that is happening?' Your joy is an advertisement for the love of Jesus. Become His thankful infomercial.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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