Psalm 42:11 (NLT) Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!

It’s time to review our commitments in life.

Consider with me today this short summary of my life, the life of one man who knows the importance of a thankful heart In 2012.

I prayed and felt compelled to begin Grace and Truth Leadership. I started out with people aligning with me and saying they were with me to do some Kingdom business.

I started having services in my home in 2013. In 2018, many of the people who aligned with me 2013 have gone.

There is a remnant left with me as I still endeavor to do Kingdom for God through the conduit of leadership Ministry. Please keep reading family!

As we are now in the close 2018, I am still committed to doing Kingdom Ministry for the Lord and am doing so in various ways of which I had never considered.

Some via kingdom ministry in educational facilities, kingdom ministry in marketplace initiatives, kingdom leadership teaching seminars, etc.

Although I am not doing Ministry in the Conventional manner: A Church building. I am thankful for my commitment to God has not wavered.

And my commitments to serving people are just as fervent or even more passionate as we near the close of the year 2018. How about you and your life? Do you have In-spite of situations?

In spite of your plans not working as you hoped, learn the amazing gift of being thankful.

In spite of my plans, and differences with some people (Even losing some relationships along the way), and things not working out according to my initial goals.

In this season of thanksgiving, I am incredibly grateful for what the Lord is doing in my life in my Kingdom leadership efforts.

Whoever you are today reading this message don’t allow your thought of failings, your sorrows, your depression, your disappointments, cause you to be discouraged.

When you commit your life to God, he gives you Power to triumph over it all (Psalm 41:11). Obviously, an appropriate and timely message, given that in this season, we will be, most of us, if not all of us, gathered around the table, sharing a meal and hopefully giving thanks.

So, it is appropriate to talk about Thanksgiving. And so, it’s appropriate to turn to a passage like this that says, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (I Thessalonians 5:18).

I need to tell you so that we’re all clear, that this is a growth process that doesn’t happen overnight.

This growth only happens through discovering what God is doing in our circumstances. The circumstances that Paul says elsewhere, that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

So, this growth process is when I get to the point where I recognize after I look at my life and what God’s been doing, the best gratitude is grounded in Jesus, not our circumstances. 

Point to ponder

Chose to express gratitude to God and lead a nation to do the same. Notice I said, “A Nation” because when you commit to God, It’s always greater than you! I am living witness to this end.

What’s your “In-spite of in this season of your life?” It doesn’t matter what it is: hurt, pain, sorrow, depression, loss, disappointments, or anything else. You can choose to have a thankful spirit.

I love you all in this Thanksgiving season and remember these next days in the close of this year are important to your life in God!

I pray that we would see it this week. And that we would be thankful. And now as we celebrate Thanksgiving together as a community, may this be a refreshing time in our souls, as we minister encouragement to each other and give God thanks.

In Christ’s name. Amen.

Special thanks!

Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of November 2018 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Ms. Kersha Brown, Ms. Quiana Volney, Ms. Annette Straker, Mr. David Straker, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Cynthia George, Ms. Rita Mcguffin,  Mrs. Barbara Mason, Mrs. Cynthia Waiters-Artis, and Ms. Gertrude Scott.

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Kingdom Blessings,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.


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