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How to enter into God’s presence

Daily Inspiration_Logo_sm_300 x 230_jpgBefore we pray, before we petition our Lord or ask Him for anything, we should thank Him and give Him praise. The first words out of our mouths and hearts should be, “Lord, I praise You and thank You for all your blessings in my life.” A grateful and thankful heart prepares us to come into His holy presence and opens up the windows of heaven through which blessings will fall.

In Old Testament days, it was considered an arrogant intrusion to enter the presence of an earthly king without first bowing down to his majesty, praising his greatness and authority, and thanking him for the privilege of his audience. Since God is our Creator, our Savior, and our King, doesn’t He deserve the same honor and respect?

Acknowledge how much He has done for us. Not only has He sacrificed His only begotten Son to pay the penalty of our sins, but He has also has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

Colossians 4:2 also tells to be “watchful” and alert when we pray. Alert for what? Alert for what God has to say to us. Prayer is not a one-way communication. God will also speak to us, as we speak to Him. If we are not alert for His still, small voice, we might just miss it. He has something new to say to us every day. Have you heard Him speak to you lately?

Let us worship the King of kings, and Lord of Lords today! Let us enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and His holy courts with praise. Let us bless His holy name and ask Him to give us fresh new revelation and guidance. Amen.

–         Luis Josephus

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Scripture References:

“Enter in His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” – Psalm 100:4

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” – Ephesians 1:3

“Devote yourselves to prayer. Be alert and thankful when you pray.” – Colossians 4:2

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Happy Thanksgiving Day

“Always rejoice; continually pray; in every thing give thanks…” – 1Thessalonians 5:16-18

Although national Thanksgiving Day is not one of the Seven Biblical Feasts (or holidays) instituted by Yahovah God, I don’t believe that it is necessarily wrong for Christians to observe it. Unlike Christmas, Easter and Halloween which have pagan or occult origins, Thanksgiving Day originated with the Christian pilgrims giving thanks to God for their first successful harvest in America after migrating from England in 1621.

For those reading this message in other countries (other than the USA) – who are not familiar with this American holiday, it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of each November. Traditionally, families and friends come together on this holiday to enjoy a day of rest and partake of a delicious banquet of homemade turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Before eating, prayer is made by the head of the family (usually the host father) and collective thanks are given to God for the meal and for His merciful provision throughout the entire year. A typical prayer might include the following:

“Dear merciful and Gracious Father, we thank you for this delicious bounty we are about to eat, for we recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from You alone, and that You are always faithful to supply all of our needs, according to Your riches in glory.

We are so grateful to You for every blessing You have bestowed upon us throughout this year, especially the greatest blessing of all, that You gave Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah, to die in our place for the forgiveness of our sins and the redemption of our lives.

Thank you for this precious time of fellowship and love we are enjoying today with our family and friends. We pray that everything that we do and say on this national holiday will bring You praise, glory and honor. Amen.”

Here at Real Jesus Ministries, it is our desire and prayer, that you and your family have a blessed harvest holiday by spending it in the spirit of thanksgiving and adoration to our God and Savior Jesus Christ [ Messiah].

Grace and peace be unto you. In Jesus’ name,

Pastor Luis Yosefus

REAL JESUS MINISTRIES
www.RealJesus.net
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Is it now lawful to eat all types of meats?

Yes. Under the New Covenant that Jesus instituted, all dietary prohibitions against unclean meats have been removed. However, it is important that all foods should be received with thanksgiving and prayer. The apostle Paul declared that all creatures were created by God to be received with thanksgiving of them that believe and know the truth.

“For every creature of God is good, and not to be rejected, if it be received with gratitude: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” – I Timothy 4:4-5

First of all, we must give thanks to God for every meal we partake each day, recognizing that without our heavenly Father’s loving provision of health, work and finances, we could not survive or provide for our families. Secondly, through prayer, any harmful chemicals, bacteria or toxins that our food might contain is eliminated.

A proper prayer over our meals might include, “LORD, we thank you for providing this meal we are about to eat. We ask that you purify it and sanctify it, make it nourishing to our bodies, In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

Also, it is important to consider that our Christian liberty is never license for failing to maintain certain health precautions. Common sense and wisdom, as well as modern scientific evidence dictates that we follow the following guidelines:

  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as meats.
  • Cook foods properly.
  • Avoid overeating and gluttony.
  • Eliminate high fat and sugar intake.
  • Do not abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain good habits of cleanliness and hygiene.
  • Allow for ample rest.

If you observe the above guidelines as well as praying over each meal with thanksgiving, you shall do well. God desires that all His faithful children should be in good health and prosper, as well as live long lives.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

REAL JESUS MINISTRIES
www.RealJesus.net
RealJesusMinistries@gmail.com

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FOR FURTHER STUDY:

Jesus said that what defiles a man is not what he eats, but what comes out of his heart.
Mark 7:18-19

What God has cleansed, let no man call unclean or common.
Acts 10:15

Let no man judge you in food or in drink.
Colossians 2:16

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Comment from Cygnet: “Exactly! I think that people who try to follow the old covenant are people much like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. They were prideful that their actions were to the letter of the law than they were receptive to God’s love. Salvation is not contingent upon what I do, but upon what He [Jesus] has already done for each of us. Praise God for His Grace!”


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O Give Thanks to the LORD!

“O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.” – Psalms 107:1

Dear beloved in Jesus:

On behalf of Real Jesus Ministries, I want to express my sincere thanks and warm Thanksgiving wishes to you and your loved ones. If it were not for the grace of God, as well as your prayers and financial support, we could not continue the important work we’re doing today in preaching and teaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God.

Thanks again & Happy Thanksgiving. I pray God’s blessing for you and your family.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus

Real Jesus Ministries
www.RealJesus.net

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