THANKSGIVING, NOV. 2009

Here in America we observe Thanksgiving Day.  This is a time to reflect back and give thanks to God for all He has done for us and the promise of His presence in our future.

Thanksgiving is a part of our action in faith.  Giving thanks in our faith walk with Him we are actually declaring we already have it, we already possess it, we already are living in that prayer, dream, desire, etc.

Rom 4:19-22 And because his faith was strong, he didn’t worry about the fact that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred, and that Sarah his wife, at ninety, was also much too old to have a baby.  20 But Abraham never doubted. He believed God, for his faith and trust grew ever stronger, and he praised God for this blessing even before it happened. 21 He was completely sure that God was well able to do anything he promised. TLB

Have you remembered and given thanks to God for all He has done for you just this year or how about last week?  Give Him thanks right now before you forget it!

Have you ever felt His unconditional love when you didn’t deserve it?  Then stop and give Him thanks right now!

Have you given the Lord thanks for the times He spoke to you and gave you direction when you were at the end of your rope and didn’t know what to do or say?  Give Him thanks right now before you forget it!

Have you given Him thanks lately for coming through for you in those hard times of financial difficulties, health problems, and difficult relationships, etc.?  He deserves it so give Him thanks right now before you forget it!

Have you given God praise and thanks for working things out when you were afraid, afraid of losing your job, afraid for your children, and afraid of the loss of your home, etc. and He worked it all out?  Don’t delay; give Him praise and thanks for He deserves it right now!

Have you thanked Him lately because He is love, He is good, He is merciful, He is righteous, He is holy, His Word is always good so you can stand in faith on it?  Stop right now and give Him praise for there’s nobody else like that in your life!

Have you given God thanks and praise lately for all He has promised you in the bible and by His spirit because He had you on His mind and thanked Him because He has already planned out your life in victory?  It’s time to give Him thanks for it all!

Have you given Him thanks for all the prayers He has answered and all the dreams and desires fulfilled?  There’s no better time than to do it right now!

Have you given Him thanks for meeting you in that quiet, secret place where He talks with you and you talk with Him in a love and peaceful atmosphere His presence creates every time when you get alone with Him?  Give Him praise and thanks right now for this is awesome to encountering the Living God.

We need to give thanks every single day we know God personally and that we know He knows us and loves us unconditionally.   Give thanks for your personal relationship with Him right now.

I couldn’t begin to list for you all the reasons why you need to give God thanks but I hope this will cause you to see that you do have many reasons to give Him thanks and praise and that you will take the time to do it.

Ps 42:5 Why am I so sad?  Why am I so troubled?  I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my savior and my God.  TEV

If we don’t give thanks then we will be complaining, remain frustrated, worried, stressed out and defeated.

It really does something to your soul when you praise and give thanks to God for who He is and what He has done for you.  It gives a sense of peace and expectation.  It brings the true security you are looking for in this world.  Thanksgiving is not for God alone but really the benefits of thanksgiving will make a lasting, glorious affect on your life as well.  See God doesn’t need your thanks as much as you need to be thankful.  Anything you do to give honor and glory to God will benefit you as well.

When the bible tells us to give thanks unto the Lord, it is because He is worthy of all praise and thanksgiving.  There is no one worthy of praise and thanksgiving like our God.

Get in practice for eternity now!  Don’t allow another hour, day, month or year go by without giving God the praise and thanksgiving He deserves for all He has done in you, for you and through you.

Let’s not remain ungrateful another day, hour, month or year. Let’s not allow the problems of life crowed out our faith and praise and thanksgiving to our God. I am telling you today when you remember and give thanks and praise to Him that is when you will find yourself relaxing in His presence and power and then fear and worry will flee away in the presence of Peace Himself, answers and wisdom will come and drown out confusion and despair in His presence, scriptures of comfort and words of the Spirit will come to refresh you, and loneliness will be a thing of your past.

We don’t need a day declared “Thanksgiving Day” to give thanks; for every single day we live we have good reason to give thanks to the Most High God.

Take some time right now and every day to give God praise and thanks.

Ps 136:1-15 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.  His love endures forever.  2 Give thanks to the God of gods.  His love endures forever.  3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:  His love endures forever.  4 to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.  5 who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.  6 who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever. 7 who made the great lights — His love endures forever.  8 the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.  9 the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.  10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever.  11 and brought Israel out from among them His love endures forever.  12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever.  13 to him who divided the Red Sea asunder His love endures forever.  14 and brought Israel through the midst of it, His love endures forever.  15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea; His love endures forever.  16 to him who led his people through the desert, His love endures forever.  17 who struck down great kings, His love endures forever.  18 and killed mighty kings — His love endures forever.  19 Sihon king of the Amorites His love endures forever.  20 and Og king of Bashan — His love endures forever.  21 and gave their land as an inheritance, His love endures forever.  22 an inheritance to his servant Israel; His love endures forever.  23 to the One who remembered us in our low estate, His love endures forever.  24 and freed us from our enemies, His love endures forever.  25 and who gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.  26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.  His love endures forever.   NIV