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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ Mt 4:4.

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Aug 14

Written by: Andries
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:25:42 AM  RssIcon

God wants us to receive every good thing he gives to us, with thanksgiving.
The way to recognize whether something is “good” or “bad” is to ask ourselves if we are comfortable to thank the Lord for it. Those things on offer in the world which it is unthinkable to thank the Lord for, should be rejected. The thief cannot thank the Lord for what he stole, and should not steal. The corrupt cannot thank the Lord for what he swindled and should seek integrity.
 
But more importantly, nothing that God gives to us, because he loves us, should be rejected. And here is the exciting and surprising Word of God found in 1 Tim 4: 4 – 5:
Everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
God wants us to receive every good thing he gives to us, with thanksgiving.
 
Consecration refers to both persons and things being set apart for God, to belong to him and to serve his purpose. Everything received from the Lord with thanksgiving, continue to belong to God.
And what have been consecrated, are sacred.
 
All Christian believers are consecrated by Word and prayer to serve our Lord as royal priests every day of their lives. Food, marriage and family life, work and play, responsibility, money and fun, should all be received with thanksgiving and set apart, be given back to God, to serve his purpose in our lives and as such serve his Kingdom.
Everything we receive from God with thanksgiving is consecrated.
It is holy. We are to use every good blessing in our service of God.
 
May God in his love keep you and bless you with all you need and consecrate you and all you have to bring glory to his Name!
  

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