Words of Truth - November 22, 2011

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Wednesday, November 22, 2011


"And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan"  Luke 17:16

Many years ago, as the story is told, a devout king was disturbed by the ingratitude of his royal court.  He prepared a large banquet for them.  When the king and his royal guests were seated, by prearrangement, a beggar shuffled into the hall, sat down at the king's table, and gorged himself with food.  Without saying a word, he then left the room. The guests were furious and asked permission to seize the tramp and tear him limb from limb for his ingratitude.  The king replied, "That beggar has done only once to an earthly king what each of you does three times each day to God.  You sit there at the table and eat until you are satisfied. Then you walk away without recognizing God, or expressing one word of thanks to Him."
    Ingratitude denotes spiritual immaturity.  Infants do not always appreciate what parents do for them.  They have short memories.  Their concern is not what you did for me yesterday, but what are you doing for me today.  The past is meaningless and so is the future.  They live for the present.  Those who are mature are deeply appreciative of those who labored in the past.  They recognize those who labor during the present and provide for those who will be laboring in the future.
    Let this be a Thanksgiving of more than food and fun.  Plan to actually contact those that you need to thank.  Get on your knees and thank God as a family.  Show your gratitude!

Study verses - Psalm 26:7;50:14; Col 2:7;4:2

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Previous devotions

"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011
"Anger" - October 26, 2011
"A Gratitude Attitude" - October 12, 2011
"The Hunter" - October 5, 2011
"Be Filled" - September 28, 2011
"Do YOUR Job" - September 21, 2011
"A Praying Church" - September 14, 2011
"Barking or Pulling" - August 31, 2011
"Spiritually Homeless" - August 24, 2011
"Fulfilling Your Duty" - August 17, 2011
"Overcoming Obstacles" - August 10, 2011
"Shine!" - July 20, 2011
"True Patriotism" - July 6, 2011
"Righteousness Exalteth a Nation" - June 29, 2011
"War Against the Flesh" - June 8, 2011
"Redeeming the Time" - June 1, 2011
"Waiting on God" - May 25, 2011
"For The Sake of Others" - May 18, 2011
"The Cost of Freedom" - May 11, 2011
"Mother's God" - May 4, 2011
"Walk Humbly" - April 27, 2011
"Walking In Truth" - April 20, 2011
"Revealed By Pressure" - April 13, 2011
"God's Saving Communication" - April 6, 2011

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