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A Time to Be Thankful!
“Men of God this is a time to acknowledge the One we should be thankful to everyday of our lives”;
…His Name Is Jesus Christ…
- The One that provides, and sustains us now and beyond. Matthew 6:26
- The One that loves us so, He created us, and died for us. Genesis 1:27, Romans 5:8
- The One that has provided a place for us in heaven for eternity. John 14:3
- The One that prays for us, and protects us every day, and night. John 17:20-23, Psalm 121:7
- The One that is with us always. Matthew 28:20
- The One that equips us with gifts to perform His good works, and be a light in this dark world. Hebrews 13:21, John 1:5
- The One that has given us the in dwelling Holy Spirit that provides us with power, discernment, and conviction to carry out the will of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 6:19 “These are just a few that come to mind, and besides that the number 7 is not a bad place to stop, Gods perfect number! Allow these scriptures below to breathe life into you.
Thanksgiving; the act of giving thanks, a prayer expressing gratitude, a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness. (Merriam Webster Dictionary)
There was a time when people looked forward to a certain holiday that seemed to bring them all closer together. A time when family and close friends sat around the dinner table, enjoying a great feast that took all day and then some to prepare. Some family members traveled a long way, just to be part of this celebration. All were looking forward to this family gathering with great anticipation! There was always a time of sharing, and getting reacquainted with those that were out of town. A time for warm hugs, laughter and some joyful tears being together once more. The food was always great but the fellowship even sweeter.
These days for some reason, we tend to celebrate, of all things, Halloween with great vigor and then seem to slip right into Christmas (one of my favorite seasons). But have we forgotten something? Thanksgiving Holiday is that season of being thankful for all that God has provided for us. To reflect on the good things in life, and build on them (Phil. 4:8-9). Which by the way is a healthy attitude, and can get you through your day and the rest of your life.
God created us to be in relationship with each other, not in separation but rather fellowship. When we think we can go through life solo, we have it all wrong. Reconcile with someone you love today, forgive them unconditionally (Mark 11:25-26). Don’t let the bitter pill of un-forgiveness destroy you and the one you, deep down, really care about. “Let Thanksgiving Day this year start a new season of celebration and joy for you and your family.”
Our Forefathers Speak;
…“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.” (Opening quote from the Thanksgiving Proclamation signed by George Washington, President of the United States of America, October 3, 1789)
…“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.” ( Abraham Lincoln, at Thanksgiving time during the Civil War, 1863)
…“Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.” (Theodore Roosevelt, 1901)
…“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)
…“There should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise.” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon, English Baptist pastor and writer.)
God’s Word On Thanksgiving;
…“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”1 Thessalonians 5:18
…“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1
“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Ephesians 5:20
…“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:15-17
…“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
…“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15
…“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6
“Men thank the King of Kings for all He has blessed you with, the good and the bad as He transforms our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh conforming to His ways.” Ephs. 5:1
Seek The Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!