According to scripture, there is a protocol for going into God’s presence. Psalm 100:4 tells us to “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise. Be thankful unto Him and bless his name.”

Blessing His name doesn’t imply neediness from His perspective. It is to help us focus our attention on our provider. It allows us opportunity to show our appreciation before His throne. It is a sign of respect.

Look at it this way. Praise is like a password for entering into the gates of heaven.

On the flip side, complaining will short circuit our efforts.

Complaining takes us away from the spiritual and places us squarely into the natural realm. It is human nature to complain when things don’t go our way, but does that make it all right?

Not if we want to grow in our spiritual lives. Complaining puts our sights on the negative and keeps us from experiencing God’s gift of peace. It keeps our disgruntled feelings stirred up, moving us away from the presence of God.

There is nothing wrong with pouring out our hurt feelings before God. After we do, He wants us to leave the hurt with Him and go on in His strength. Jesus knows the feelings of hurt and rejection more than we could ever know.

His death and resurrection provided that balm of peace that only He can give.

Learning to trust God is not an overnight experience. It is an ongoing way of life that results in overcoming the obstacles that are thrown in our path.

Surrendering our hurt comes only when that trust is developed, but we’ll never be free until we learn to lay it down.

Philippians 4:13 gives us this assurance.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengths me.”

We all appreciate being recognized for the good things we do. It encourages us. When we give thanks to God, we are recognizing what He has already done for us.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17.

God never changes. His reliability is what makes Him trustworthy.

It is humbling to realize that God desires to be in our presence. When we invited Him into our hearts, He gave us His Spirit to dwell within us.

On top of that, we are invited to come boldly into His presence before the throne room of grace.

Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

His grace is what saves us, helps us and keeps us forever in His presence.

This holiday season let’s give more thought to our bountiful maker and creator. Without Him we would have nothing of value. With Him all grace abounds toward us.

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