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Enter In with Thanks


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. ~ Psalm 100:4-5, NKJV


           We’re at the time of year where we give thanks for the things we have, and what we don’t have. Paul says, “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need” (Philippians 4:12, NASB). One of the psalmists said it this way, “These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God, With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.” (Psalm 42:4).

           To be honest, up until recently I wasn’t very thankful or content with the things I have and what I don’t have. It’s not an easy lesson to learn, for sure. So, I want to encourage anyone and everyone to be thankful and content with what they go through and have. It is by this we can measure ourselves to God’s standard for us. We can also measure ourselves in the light of whether we belong to Him who desires to bring salvation to us in order that we may not perish. And that’s what I’m ultimately thankful for. He saved me by shedding His blood on the cross so that I have eternal life and access to the Father at all times.