New Hope In The Lord
       International Ministries

Office Hours: M-F 9:30am-5:00pm
PO Box 418 Valhalla,
New York, USA 10595              Phone: (914) 948-4481


                                                                        March 2018
Dear Family,

In last month's letter, Rev. Joseph brought out the importance of praising and thanking God for the answers to your prayers before they come to pass. He admonished us not to be like the children of Israel who praised God after the fact (after He brought them through the Red Sea and then drowned their enemies) Ex 15. It's easy to praise God after the manifestation comes to pass. It takes the Spirit of God and His grace to praise Him before the victory. That's why in his messages, Rev. Joseph has been stressing the need to walk in the Spirit so one will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (resulting in murmuring, judging, backbiting etc.). He also stressed the importance of being thankful citing Philippians 4:6 "Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God". In this letter I want to continue to talk about thanksgiving.

As we see the Day of the Lord coming, Paul exhorts us in 1Thess 5:8-10 "But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died four us". How are we to be sober? By putting on the breastplate of faith and love and as a helmet the hope of salvation. Well, how does one do that?

I believe Paul gives us the answer in 1Thess 5:16-18. "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you". Faith in God that He is working out our situations whatever they may be should cause us to rejoice. Knowing that the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit should cause us to pray without ceasing. Having the hope (expectation) of God's supply, (both in the natural and spiritual realm), should cause us to abound with thanksgiving. Our Heavenly Father can and does supply all our needs Phil 4:19 and daily loads us with benefits Ps. 68:19; He turns situations around, brings life out of death and causes all things to work together for our good Rm. 8:28. His promises are that "when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;" Isa 43:2-3. The mark of a spiritual pilgrim then is three-fold. He or she rejoices, prays without ceasing and gives thanks in every situation.

Giving of thanks is to be done especially when we receive something; and there is nothing that we have not received. Paul writes in 1 Cor. 4:7 "For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?" It's right to give thanks to the Trinity Who has given us Themselves and all things. Are we doing it?

The Psalms are filled with exhortation for the saints to give thanks: Ps 30:4, Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name". Ps 105:1, Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! Ps 106:1, "Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever". Four times in Ps 107:8, 15, 21 and 31 it states, "Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!"

Also in Psalms you find the psalmist declaring that they will thank the Lord: Ps 18:47-49 "It is God Who avenges me, and subdues the peoples under me; He delivers me from my enemies… Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord… and sing praises to Your name." Ps 119:61-62, "The cords of the wicked have bound me, But I have not forgotten Your law. At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments."

Paul and Silas experienced Psalm 119:61-62. They had been unjustly imprisoned, and at their darkest hour, they worshiped the Lord; then God set them free, Acts 16: 25. James admonishes us to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. We'll reap in due season if we faint not, Gal 6:9. Our victory comes through thanksgiving and praise. Rev. Joseph and I are thankful for your financial support of New Hope in the Lord. Please continue and make out your check to the Master's Hand Christian Fellowship or thru PayPal at

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Serving Our King Together,
Rev. Benjamin