Throughout the United States this month, we observe a special holiday – Thanksgiving. Typically, family and friends gather together, and turkey dinner is the meal. Football games blare as we fellowship and gain a few pounds. But most of all, Thanksgiving should be a day when we give God Thanks.
We should thank God for the great things He has done for us. He has delivered us from the power of darkness (Col. 1:13), redeemed us from the curse of the law (Gal. 3:13), and He has given us access to the Throne of Grace (Heb. 4:16). Because of what Jesus did on Calvary, we can enjoy all the benefits God has provided to the believer.
Can you imagine where you and I would be if it weren’t for the Lord? You are alive today because He miraculously spared your life. Perhaps the doctors told you, “You won’t make it,” but you are still here because of Jesus Christ!
One of the most powerful things you can do is thank someone for what you have received from them. And another powerful thing you can do is give thanks for what you are going to receive. That’s what faith is! Thanking the Lord for what He has promised you that is “not yet” manifested in your life is a wonderful way to demonstrate your Faith in God.
So, when your body is vexed with pain, begin to thank God that by Jesus’ wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24).
When your pockets are empty, thank Him that He will meet all of your needs according His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.(Phil 4:19) As you begin to thank Him, you will realize how good it is to be alive. And God will bless you beyond measure.
You see, giving of thanks creates power in a person’s life that can enable him to overcome life’s problems. We should take every opportunity to shout to the Lord with a grateful heart.
Psalms 100 says,
1 “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he, who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations” (NIV).
This Thanksgiving I want to remind you to take the time to express your thanks to the Lord for all He has done for you, your family, and your Church.
Word of Today: "Thank you"
Two of the most powerful words in a believer or leader’s vocabulary are too often and most seldom used. Those powerful words are “Thank You.” One of the leadership secrets of Jesus clearly was His consistent expression of a heart of gratitude. Read His Words, and you will find Him thankful to God and to those around Him. Gratitude, and willingness to express it, is a key element in building and nurturing lasting relationships. I have a question for you, how long has it been since you have told someone “Thank You” and meant it?