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DON'T LET 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 - selected

But be ye glad and rejoice for ever - Rejoice evermore
Isa 65:18 1Th 5:16

How 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"

But 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. Luke 11:2

What 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

It is 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 1:18-21)

Now 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,

Let 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
. Heb 13:5


Now 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.

How could life be better for you?

Before 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

I'm 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.


CONFESSIONS OF ST AUGUSTINE

It 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).

TOZER - 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.


SPURGEON
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 thanks.

And 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.

We Can Be Thankful That:
This present life is only temporary ......................................2Cor 4:8
Heaven and an eternal inheritance awaits us..................... 1Peter 1:4
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.............................................. 1Peter 1:5
Spirit will lead and guide us, even unto death.....................Psa 48:14
Greater is HE who is in us than he who is in the world.........1John 4:4
In CHRIST there is no Condemnation..............................Romans 5:1
Vested with everything we need unto life and godliness.......2Peter 1:3
In due time we will reap if we faint not............................Galatians 6:9
No good thing will GOD withhold e who love HIM...........Psalms 84:11
GOD is going to make all things new........................ Revelation 21:5

AMEN!

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts
with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his nam
e Ps 100:4

THINK ON THESE THINGS ACT ON THESE THINGS

May God grant you His peace 
If I can be of any assistance
please don't hesitate to drop me a line.

Dan

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