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Posted on 16th Nov 2018 14:48:43 in Meditation for Christians, Daily Meditations

 

Thank you written in sand on beach
 

Meditation for Christians - Day 3

"Give thanks to the LORD of Hosts, for the LORD is good; His loving devotion endures forever."

This verse is found many times in the Bible. An entire book of Psalms was written to give thanks and praise to G-d. We do not need biblical miracles like the parting of the sea in order to give thanks, however.

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth...Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle. - Thich Nhat Hanh

When we become more aware of the present moment, our eyes are opened to the miracles all around us. While it is easy to find appreciation for beautiful things like the sky and babies, the Bible invites us to go further...

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. - Colossians 3:17

This is a powerful command given more than once. This means even mundane or unpleasant tasks like doing the dishes are to be done joyfully, with thanks, as if you are honored to be doing that task in the service of the King Himself!

Exercise for Day 3

Write three things you are grateful for. Throughout the day pray to find gratitude and joy in the mundane. If you find yourself dwelling on your troubles, remember His promise to carry our burdens for us if we lay them at His feet.

Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. - Matthew 11:28

 

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About The Way

Not a religion... a RELATIONSHIP!

The Way is for followers of Yeshua who seek a closer, more fulfilling relationship with HaShem, the One G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The meaning of the word "Christian" has been hijacked and turned into something our beloved Meshiach would never have approved of. Many reform groups have attempted to return to The Way that Yeshua originally preached, and their success has been equivalent to how dedicated they are staying true to the spirit of the scripture in their doctrines.

Instead of a new doctrine, The Way is about finding out what He wants for each of us individually. Instead of grudging obedience to what other people tell us we are supposed to do, we ask the Father directly. And He Answers!

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Why G-d?

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. - Exodus 20:7

Unless directly quoting scripture in a respectful way, many people choose not to utter or write the name of G-d. A common practice is to refer to Him as HaShem ("The Name" in Hebrew). This is not required, and is a personal preference chosen for many reasons. One of those reasons is that words like "G-d", "Christian", and even "Jesus" have been terribly abused and misused.

Much of our modern biblical language comes from Rome or Greece, not the original Hebrew and Aramaic Yeshua himself spoke. To make matters worse Constantine's Roman form of Christianity has seemingly forever tarnished and manipulated our precious Saviour's name and message beyond recognition.

People tolerate it today in subtle forms: the names of days of the week, months of the year, and even resting on SUNdays (the day to remember the sun-god Apollo as decreed by Constantine!). It is tolerated because people got used to it, and change is not easy. For some, this is not a good enough reason to continue with these traditions that clearly are not biblical. For those who do not feel this way, that is between you and HaShem.

...He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone... - John 8:7

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