THE METER ON YOUR
THANKFULNESS RUN OUT!
I will bless the LORD
at all times: his praise
shall continually be in my mouth. Psa 34:1
AND BE YE THANKFUL
O give thanks unto
the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. And say ye, Save us,
O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen,
that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise. Blessed be
the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised
the LORD. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are
called in one body; and be ye thankful
1CHRON 16:34, Colossians 3:15
Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in
a single day. Thanksgiving, to be truly thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving
be ye glad and rejoice for ever - Rejoice evermore
Isa 65:18 1Th 5:16
is it that we can be thankful in everything? I mean I can see thanking GOD most
of the time, but all the time? No that's a stretch. Well I suggest we can be thankful
in all situations because GOD is sovereign.
"And when GOD s in control, nothing can ever be
out of control"
that's not the main reason we are called to be a thankful people. No our chief
motivation can be summed up in four simple yet powerfully liberating words. Words
that you and I have repeated endless times. What are they? Well, youl will find
them in the LORD'S prayer, and they are,
THY WILL BE DONE.
does GOD'S will have to do with us being thankful? Boy, you're full of questions
today! Here it is;
Pray without ceasing. In every
thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning
you. Quench not the Spirit 1Thess 5:18,19
the thankful heart the grabs the heart of GOD. And it is the thankless heart that
invites the wrath of GOD. Thankfullness is what set us apart from an unbeliving,
self-seeking world. LET'S LOOK:
For the wrath
of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of
men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of
God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. Because that, when
they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became
vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Romans
if you feel that you are a self-made person, and that you got to where you are
today by your own efforts then it's going to be next to impossible for you to
thank yourself. How frustrating, and vain, especially when we are instructed in
the Book of Hebrews,
your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as
ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
it's my turn to ask you a question. You will need to give your answer some prayerful
thought because it just might reveal some interesting revelations concerning your
relationship to GOD. Ready? Here it is.
could life be better for you?
you respond I want you to reflect on the following words of Jesus as HE was facing
the giving up His own life. And
he took the cup, and gave thanks. These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes
to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also
may glorify thee Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me
from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour
Mt 26:27 John 17:1 John 12:27
going to close this devotional by sharing with you some quotes on the subject
of thankfulness. Meditate on them, as well as the scriptures that were used in
this devotional. By
the way, the word "thanksgiving"
comes from two seperate trains of thought. The first one being the word "worship"
and the other, "the open hand."
I'll let you draw your own conclusions on that one.
OF ST AUGUSTINE
is important that we trace our benefits back to their source and express our thanks
to the One "from whom all blessings flow. It is much easier to say "I
am thankful" than to say as Paul did, "Thanks be to God-through Jesus
Christ our Lord!" (Romans 7:25). The first does not commit the man. It is
broad enough to afford foot room to retreat if someone should challenge him. The
second burns its bridges and takes up its cross.
In these last bright
brown days of autumn, we will be reminded a hundred times that we have a world
of blessings for which we should render thanks. Let's not withhold our expressions
of gratitude. Thankfulness that is put into words has a healing effect upon the
soul and has a good effect upon those who hear. But let's avoid pagan ambiguity.
"For us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for
whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things
came and through whom we live" (1 Corinthians 8:6).
THE VALUE OF GOOD HABITS
Religious habits can deceive the possessor as
few things can do. As far as I know, a habit and a mud turtle are the only things
in nature that can walk around after they are dead. For instance, many a man has
returned thanks at the table faithfully for many years and yet has never once
really prayed from the heart during all that time. The life died out of the habit
long ago, but the habit itself persisted in the form of a meaningless mumble.
The point is that we should put away every useless habit, reject all patented
religious phrases, refuse to follow other people's visions. We should insist upon
living wholly from within. This encourages a childlike simplicity in life, very
pleasing to God, and a source of great strength to the soul.
It would be equally wicked to forget that we have been (brought) through
them (trials) safely and profitably; we have not remained in them, thanks to our
Almighty Helper and Leader, who has brought us "out into a wealthy place."
The deeper our troubles, the louder our thanks to God, who has led us through
all, and preserved us until now. Our griefs cannot mar the melody of our praise,
we reckon them to be the bass part of our life's song, "He hath done great
things for us, whereof we are glad.
ERWIN W. LUTZER (1941)
You can learn to give thanks even if you don't
feel particularly thankful. If God gives a command, he expects obedience, whether
you are in the mood or not. Thankfulness, like forgiveness, is not an emotion.
Thankfulness is an intelligent response of gratitude to God.
JOHN R. MACDUFF (1818-1895)
Cultivate the thankful Spirit! It will
be to you a perpetual feast.
HELEN ADAMS KELLER (1880-1968)
For three things I thank God every day
of my life: thanks that he has vouchsafed me knowledge of his works; deep thanks
that he has set in my darkness the lamp of faith; deep, deepest thanks that I
have another life to look forward to-a life joyous with light and flowers and
heavenly song. I thank God for my handicaps; for, through them, I have found myself,
my work, and my God.
PAUL STROMBERG REES (1900)
If thankfulness arises through prosperity, well and good. But what are you going
to do when the prosperity fails? If thankfulness springs up through health, well
and good. But what will you do when disease makes you bedridden? Must you then
become glum or bitter? But now, supposing it is through our dear Lord Christ that
you cultivate the fine art of thanksgiving, then what? Then money in the bank,
however useful, does not have me at its mercy: if I lose it, I can still offer
now you may give your response to the question I asked you earlier. Was your answer
seasoned with the things of this world? Did you find yourself hesitating or having
to dig deep for an answer? Let me suggest a few reasons we can be thankful in
all seasons of our lives.
Can Be Thankful That:
present life is only temporary ......................................2Cor
an eternal inheritance awaits us..................... 1Peter
All things are being
worked together for our good............... Rom 8:28
Nothing will separate
us from GOD'S love.......................... Rom 8:38
Kept by the power of GOD..............................................
will lead and guide us, even unto death.....................Psa
Greater is HE who
is in us than he who is in the world.........1John 4:4
In CHRIST there is no
Vested with everything
we need unto life and godliness.......2Peter 1:3
In due time we will
reap if we faint not............................Galatians
thing will GOD withhold e who love HIM...........Psalms
is going to make all things new........................ Revelation