Expressions of a grateful heart

Colossians-2-6-7

Colossians 2:6-7 (AMP):

As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him. Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.

The Verse of the Day for November 24, 2014 reminds believers that as we have received Christ Jesus, the Lord, we are to walk in him. This practice is an aspect of renewing the mind, whereby we put off the old and put on the new.

These lines reflect our prayer to God:

Open our ears to hear the Word that we might do it,

To put on the mind of Christ and learn to renew it.

The following poem refers to

The Key to the Renewed Mind

Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old

(unregenerate) self with its evil practices,

And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self],

which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into

[fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after

the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it.

Colossians 3:9-10 (AMP)

It has been said that the key to power is the renewed mind,

But what is the key to the renewed mind? God please show me,

For I seek to walk in power and excel and not be left behind,

As I strive to know levels of deepest intimacy.

With laser precision I target the old man nature

And put to death and mortify my members once for all.

I respond in obedience in answer to God’s call;

Not conformed, I transform myself, as new man, mature.

In the secret place of the Lord who ever inhabits

The praises of His people, here I desire to abide,

To put off the old man, vile, corrupt, wrapped in sinful pride

And put on the new man, as one changes garments, habits.

Above all I put on compassionate love from the start

And abide in my hiding place, filled with a grateful heart.

The last line of the poem makes a reference to “a grateful heart,” the title of one of the songs on the “List of the Top Ten Plus One Songs of Thanksgiving.” Published on Examiner.com, the list includes a history of each of the songs along with the lyrics. The section on “Grateful Heart” by the Christian rock group, Petra, is reprinted here:

Petra, prominent Christian rock band, has regarded by many as a pioneer of the Christian rock and of the Contemporary Christian music genres. Formed in 1972 in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Bob Hartman, Greg Hough and John DeGroff while they were students of the Christian Training Center, the group grew in prominence, ultimately influencing a number of notable Christian bands. Petra takes its name from the Greek word for “Rock.”

Petra’s distinct sound evolved into a more energetic, driving rock sound in the early 80s. The late 80s and the early 90s were successful periods for the band, when it was considered the best-known, best-selling Christian band. Despite strong opposition from some church circles, Petra grew in popularity.

Among the most recognized compositions of Petra is “Thankful Heart,” a song based on Ephesians 5:20: “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”:

Another song on the Top 10 plus one Thanksgiving Songs also reminds believers to “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart,” which is excerpted from the article:

As former President of the Integrity Label Group, Don Moen has been responsible for producing and directing hundreds of projects on the company’s Integrity Music, Hosanna! Music, Vertical Music and Integrity Gospel labels. He has composed over 100 songs and led worship across the globe, having more than five million Integrity Music CDs.

When asked about his purpose in life, Moen responded that God has destined him “To be an architect and builder of worship events and products that draw people closer to Jesus and change their lives.”

In 1984, Integrity Music asked Moen to lead worship on one of the first Hosanna! Music albums, Give Thanks. The project became one of Integrity’s most popular recordings ever, and a benchmark for the genre of praise and worship. The title song continues to enjoy widespread popularity, especially during this time of the year:

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks unto the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son (repeat)

And now let the weak say, ‘I am strong’
Let the poor say, ‘I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us’ (repeat)

Give thanks

Give Thanks

Don Moen offers this version of this classic song of worship:

As we put on the Lord Jesus Christ, renewing our minds as we walk in love, our souls overflow with gratitude, expressions of a grateful heart.

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