Fresh Hope – 28th November 2020

How you enter a place is very important.  You can usually tell in the first few seconds about a person by the way they enter.  
“Hello!”  “How are you?” Happy smiling faces… usually indicate good things are ahead.  
I’m sure we’ve all dreaded the person who has entered a room and we’re wondering what they are going to be like today? Good mood? Bad mood?  You know the ones.

Psalm 100 vs 4 says “enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, give thanks and praise His name.”  

Even the writer here knew how important entering was. 

When we come into God’s presence (and that in itself is an absolute privilege), we should do so, with thanksgiving and praise, 
not straight into a list of “God I need or want this.”  

This week is thanksgiving. A time to remember how thankful we should be and how blessed we really are.  
We shouldn’t however, just wait until thanksgiving to be thankful.  

Being thankful will take you to a new level in your life.  
The way you start a sentence, the way you enter a room, will set the scene for what’s to come.  
So when we come into God’s presence, let’s do so with thankfulness.  
When we enter into a new day, let’s enter with gratitude.  
When we enter into bed at night, let’s do so with a thankful heart.

When you walk into someone’s home, you should be careful how you enter…with respect and thankfulness that you have the opportunity to be there.  
The way you enter says a lot about you.  

If you as a parent, see your children enter into your presence with thankfulness, think about how that impacts you as a parent and does your heart good. 

Today, I want you to really think about the word ENTER and whether it be going to a place, walking into your own lounge, 
or entering into the very presence of God, let’s enter well.  

It will determine the blessings and the experiences that are to follow.

Pastor Gillian

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