50 (million) Thanks!

Today is my 50th birthday. I do not take this for granted. There are people with whom I went to high school and college that are not here. They have passed away and left wonderful memories and heavy hearts. There are people that are yet here but have had a very hard life, full of tragedy and loss. I thank God today that he has kept me and has blessed me. God has blessed me to be in my right mind, with the proper functioning of my limbs. Yeah, there are days when they have a mind of their own. There are days when I literally crawl out of bed. There are days when I collapse into bed. But, I am here. Thank God I am here.

So many times we forget to just say "Thank you" to God. We are so caught up in asking for this or crying about that, until we forget to just say "Thank you God for your blessings". Too often we are blinded by need and cannot see blessings. Too often our troubles obscure our vision. But, I want to take a moment today and say "Thank you Lord for all you've done for me!"

I love music. I listen to a lot of music. My two favorite kinds are jazz and Praise & Worship. I have gotten to the point where I do not like a lot of gospel music because it is for people without faith and without a Kingdom testimony. What do I mean? I get tired of songs that talk about how my light bill is due, I am about to be evicted, I don't have any money and how I am so down and out. WHERE IS YOUR FAITH!!! WHERE IS YOUR GOD!!!

The cattle on a thousand hills belong to the God I serve. The God I serve made heaven and earth and all that is within. He is a God of blessings and excess. He is not a God of weakness and want. Stop with the weak theology and doctrine! Our God is a victorious God, so why are we always victims? We have a Savior that died on the cross so that our sins would be cleansed away. Why are we whining! We have a Savior that went down into hell and took the keys of death and hell, took death's sting and lead captivity captive! Why are we crying! No, if I am going to listen to a song, I want it to minister to me, not make me more depressed.

Give me a song that shouts victory! Give me a song that shouts praise! God wants us to enter into his courts with thanksgiving and into his gates with praise! How are you entering!

I thank God today for victory, for deliverance, for forgiveness, for salvation, for sanctification, for the woman / help meet of my dreams, for my children, for Christ! Today I am 50 and today I give 50 (million) Thanks.

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