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Thanksgiving

November 21, 2012

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” – Col. 2:6-7

 

When you think of Thanksgiving Day, what are the thoughts that come most readily to your mind? For most, it would be all the food, or the time spent with loved ones; or maybe even the hassle of cooking all that food and then cleaning up the mess that is always left by all those loved ones. But how often, I wonder, do we stop to actually consider the meaning of the day of Thanksgiving? After all, it was initiated as a feast to celebrate one’s appreciation and thanks unto God for the blessings He bestows upon us. So the question is, I suppose, how much thanks do you give God on Thanksgiving?

 

“Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High,” (Psa. 50:14). Because, in reality, every day needs to be a day of thanksgiving; every day should be a day to glorify God for His greatness and mercy, because every day God blesses each and every one of us. Do you have salvation? If so, you are the most blessed of the blessed, for you have eternal life bought with the blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Do you have a roof over your head? If so, then you are blessed, for there are so many unfortunate ones who lack this profound comfort we take for granted. Do you have clothes on your back? Food on your table? Breath in your lungs? Two arms, two legs? A tongue to speak, eyes to see, and ears to hear? If so, then you have been blessed! Take a moment to realize the extent of these blessings, and how much they enable you to do; and then ask yourself how much we do for God with them. Because that is what these wonderful gifts have been given to us for: to serve God’s purpose!

 

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work…Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.”  (II Cor. 9:8, 11) That ‘sufficiency’, and that ‘grace that abounds towards us’, is a gift to use for His kingdom – to use for His good works. That is the first thing, I believe, that we need to realize: that what is given to us, like the servants with the talents, is to be used for God’s glory – not hoarded or kept only for ourselves. The second is that, until we are truly thankful for what we’ve already been given, we’re probably not going to receive any more. So, if we want to ask for more, than we need to use what we have for the Lord without hesitation, and be thankful that we have it to use in the first place. Or, as Paul says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Phil. 4:6)

 

“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” (Psa. 95:2-3) And also, truth be told – and all self-interest aside – it just feels good to praise our Lord: for He is a great God, and more than worthy to praised every moment of every day. He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings, and His worship should be shouted from the highest mountain with the loudest voice. It feels right and proper to sing His praise; we will never feel as whole and complete as we do when we are on our knees before His presence to glorify His name.

 

“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” (Psa. 69:30). So today, I would ask that you turn every day into a day of Thanksgiving: let every day be your day of celebration for God’s blessings in your life; your day of gratitude for all that He has done for you. Sing and shout His praise without ending, and rejoice in His presence in your life, for there is nothing greater than the love and peace of the Lord. And if you lack these things, then find them by giving your heart to God and asking Jesus Christ to come into your life: because you honestly just don’t know what you’re missing out on. Today, and every day, I thank God for His Spirit which lives inside of me, and the incalculable blessings He has bestowed upon me throughout my life…and for all those yet to come. “Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.” (Rev. 7:12)

 

“And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.” – Jeremiah 30:19

 

Be blessed,

Joshua

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