A TIME TO GIVE THANKS

Psalm 100:4 NIV Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

 

Thanksgiving is often brushed aside in all the frantic business of life, but it is the very attitude of Thanksgiving which should not only be reserved for the holiday we will celebrate today, but thanksgiving should something that lasts all year long. In the Scripture we are commanded to be thankful.

 

What must we do to develop and cultivate thanksgiving? How can we be thankful for everything in our lives? What does it mean to be truly content? First, we can remember the all that the Lord has done for us. David said in Psalm 103:2-5,  Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits–who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 

What does Thanksgiving do for us? It helps us to focus on His Name, His love and His faithfulness as well as His goodness, His glory and grace. Thanksgiving reminds us of Who He is. He is the Rock of our Salvation. The Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In His hand are the the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is His, for He made it, and His Hands formed the dry land.

 

The Apostle Paul said he was thankful for the following…

  1. I thank God for allowing me to partner with you in the gospel. (Philippians 1:3)
  2. I thank God for your love. (2 Thessalonians 1:3)
  3. I thank God for your faith. (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3)
  4. I thank God for your flexibility. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
  5. I thank God for your generosity. (2 Corinthians 8:2-3)
  6. I thank God for your vision. (1 Thessalonians 1:3)

 

 

I am convinced that the Apostle Paul knew how that thanksgiving led to living a life filled with praise and worship. He knew that the principal of praise and worship in the Old Testament is found in the Hebrew word shachah. Shachah means to “depress,” “bow down,” or “prostrate,” as in Exodus 4:31, where they bowed their heads and worshipped.

 

The context of Exodus 4:31 speaks clearly to the physical act of thanksgiving, praise and worship being both volitional and emotional. The Old Testament idea is therefore the reverential attitude of mind or body or both, combined with the notions of giving the Lord the adoration, obedience, and service due Him.

 

The principal of praise and worship in the New Testament is found fifty-nine times in the Greek word proskuneo. The word literally means to “kiss (the hand or the ground) toward,” hence, as often in the idea of kneeling or bowing prostrate upon the ground.  The New Testament idea of praise and worship is a combination of the feeling of awe, veneration, and adoration.

 

The Lord Jesus told the Samaritan woman in John 4:23-24, Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth. True worshippers are genuine without guile or false humility. They worship in spirit and in truth. It is the attitude of the heart that matters, not where, but how (in reality, out of the heart of man, the highest and best part of man, as well as in purity of expression, purity of heart. All praise and worship should be in accordance to the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:5) who is the Spirit of truth (John 16:13). These kind of worshippers the Father is still seeking today.

 

I encourage you to thank the Lord today by saying…I love You Lord Jesus. I bow my knee and lift my voice to worship You. Hear my heart today, there is none like You my God, there is none like You. You are my everything. You are my all. I bless Your Holy Name. Amen.

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

 

Robert

Give Thanks

 

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I had an “altar’ed moment” last night.

I had a very special “altar’ed moment” last night. The Presence and Glory of God was so thick that I fully expected to visibly see the glory cloud of shekinah at any moment. For several hours I watched people of every race and color being saved, healed and delivered. On four different occasions a supernatural sound filled the auditorium. The only words I have are awesome, wonderful and glorious!  Where did this “altar’ed moment” take place?

My family and I experienced this tremendous move of the Holy Spirit during Tye Tribbett’s “Bloody Win” tour stop at Grant A.M.E. church here in Austin. The praise and worship was dynamic. The music was the best I have ever heard. In response to the glory of God that poured into the room hundreds of people celebrated the victorious and ascended Lord Jesus Christ. We literally stood in awe for hours.

It is evident that Tye Tribbett is an anointed young man and songwriter. He has considerable spiritual depth and insight. I first met him years ago. And, he continues to be a spirit-filled vocalist who knows how to get worshippers rejoicing. Tye has a  passion for the gospel that infuses everything he does. I like what he recently said, “things in the world can come against us so aggressively. Whether it’s bills or health or personal struggles, it can get harsh, but hold on! Hold on! We’ve got to sing louder for the God who is stronger!”

Several times this morning I have felt impressed to pray for Tye and the ministry God has given him. I truly believe that the Holy Spirit is giving him a “sound” that will reach this generation. The “sound” is more than his music, Tye spoke powerfully last night about the solutions that this generation must embrace to experience true spiritual revival.

His message reminded me of similar words given to me by the Holy Spirit. In my upcoming book, The Altar of His Presence, I wrote, “We often wonder why God has not done anything to change many of the issues in the world. We wonder why God hasn’t brought peace to war, overturned abortion laws, stopped the violence in our cities, or brought revival to our land. Many of us are waiting for God to take action when in fact God is waiting for us. God is waiting for His people to call upon Him. He is waiting for His followers to genuinely repent of lives that have become too busy, too focused on success, and too measured by how much money we make. He is waiting for us to humble ourselves and return to the altar of His Presence.”

We must remember that ALL the promises of God are Yes and Amen in Christ Jesus. Just as the Lord promised Jeremiah that He would answer his prayer and tell him of great and unsearchable things (see Jeremiah 29:12-13), He has declared the same to us. If we will ask, it will be given to us. If we will knock, the door will be opened. If we will seek, we will find.

The Lord wants to have a meeting with us. His will is not that we seek Him out only on Sundays or when we are having problems. He loves for us to be in His Presence. He loves to cover us with His wings. If we will draw near to Him, He has promised to honor us with His Presence, glory and power.  If we will come with a pure heart, call to Him and seek His face, He will listen to us and answer us in wonderful dimensions of goodness, grace and glory.

Pray for Tye. Pray for his ministry team. Pray that the Lord will use him to speak to and reach this generation with the gospel.

Pray for me. Pray for my new book. Pray that tens of thousands of copies will fill the earth with the message of meeting with the Lord. Pray that people all over the world will be inspired to experience intimate encounters with the glory of God…every day…and every hour.

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I love you!

Robert.

 

Expressing Gladness of Heart

I want to share a word of encouragement with you today. This is part of a message the Holy Spirit led me to put in my new book, The Altar of His Presence. He said it was a word to those who are seeking to abide in a greater dimension of His Presence and power. I also would like to share the response we received from two of today’s great Christian leaders after they read our new book. Please continue to pray with us as we and our publisher, Destiny Image, prepare to launch this “word of the Lord.”

The Holy Spirit said, “Enter each new day with thanksgiving and every situation with praise. Give thanks to the Lord by declaring the blessings you have received (past) and praise His Name for the things He is about to do on your behalf (see Psalm 100). For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations (Ps. 100:5). Honoring the Lord with true praise is an expression of gladness and rejoicing of the heart; it is a music of the soul and spirit which no language can adequately express and where the Lord has promised to dwell (see Ps. 4:7; 33:21; 103:1; 106:2; Luke 1:46; 2 Cor. 9:15).”

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And concerning The Altar of His Presence from Charles Patterson, Pastor Emeritus of Church of the Hills and current President of Charles Patterson Ministries in Austin, Texas:

“Many people today are often intimidated by the idea of developing a personal and intimate relationship with the Lord which I define as, ‘a relationship within which one can actually experience His Presence and recognize His voice as He speaks in many different ways.’ Robert Stone skillfully opens Scripture to reveal that this idea is actually God’s. Furthermore, as God’s invitation to us becomes our priority we discover God’s purpose, pattern, and pathway to know and experience Him in a new and very intimate way. I highly recommend this book both as a study guide and a daily devotion to discover the beauty of God’s Presence more fully. It will truly alter your life.”

Ric Shields, the President of the great international missions’ organization, Doorways (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) also said:

The Altar of His Presence is not for those who wish to be motivated by other people’s stories. Instead, Robert Stone skillfully weaves life lessons of his own, richly seasoned with Scripture, in order to lead the reader into an altar’ed life. This devotional will help you to understand and establish your “trysting place”—an appointed time and place to call upon the Lord and to become His voice in our world. May each of us ‘fully commit to hearing the voice of the Spirit and obeying the illumination He gives from His Word’ as we become altar’ed by His Presence in our lives.”

Again, I want to thank you for your love and support of our ministry. Continue to pray with us that the Lord will give us “open doors” in which to share the message of The Altar of His Presence.

God bless you today!

Robert