November 22, 2017

Philippians 4:6 (NLT) — 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Did you know that you can say ‘thank you’ without actually mouthing the words? Listen to what the psalmist has to say about this.

Psalm 119:7 (NLT) — 7 As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!

We thank the Lord for all he has done for us by living out his word. This means much more to the Lord than us mouthing words but then not living the way he has asked us to. Peter gives us a grate example of living a thankful life:

Luke 5:4–5 (NLT) — 4 When he(Jesus) had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” 5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”

So these expert fishermen had fished all night, a time when it was the best to catch fish, they caught nothing and had come back to shore and cleaned their nets to make them ready to go back out in the evening and try again. Jesus tells them to go back out in the middle of the day to try again. Peter knew this was a poor time to go fishing. He knew that people would think they were crazy and they probably would even make fun of them as the got ready to go out. And they were all tired from being up all night so they had a good excuse to say ‘no.’ However Peter says this, “But if you say so.” Etch those words in your mind. Write them on your heart. Plant them deep within your soul. Say them whenever you have an opportunity to obey the scriptures.

Our memory verse says not to worry. And to show our gratefulness we respond, “Lord if you say so.” Our verse tells us to pray about everything and we gratefully respond with, “Lord if you say so.” The scriptures tell us to tithe and to show our gratefulness we respond with, “Lord if you say so.” The scriptures tell us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves and we gratefully respond with, “Lord if you say so.” The scriptures tell wives to submit to their husbands and husbands to lay down their lives for their wives and we gratefully respond with, “Lord if you say so.”

How grateful to the Lord are you? When the word of God tells you what to do, do you respond with, “Lord if you say so.” Why not make this a great Thanksgiving Day for the Lord by getting in the habit of saying, “Lord if you say so.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Yes and AMEN!!

  2. I need to admit that I have had a less than godly attitude in one area of my life for over the last 36 days to be exact. I know this is not pleasing God and it really overshadows any gratitude I’ve expressed in other areas of my life. (big sigh) Since I am more than a conqueror through Jesus, that means I can just STOP IT!…as you said of Sunday Pastor Dan. It’s pretty obvious that I’m not trusting the Lord with this and I need to start today by releasing it to the only One who can fix it! Enough said.