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Let Us Give Thanks

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5(20)

17202As we consider the privilege of giving thanks during this Thanksgiving weekend, we realize that thankfulness is to be evident in our lives at all times. Though the giving of thanks is sadly absent in many areas of our society, it is central to a full and balanced life.

The greatest gift and one which words of thanks fall short, is the gift of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” II Corinthians 9(15) The consideration of what He did for our sakes, should evoke sincere thanks and praise unto Him. “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” II Corinthians 8(9)

The long-suffering of the Lord is worthy of our heartfelt thanks. “And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.” Exodus 34(6) God’s long-suffering provides the opportunity for repentance and salvation. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” II Peter 3(9)

The blessing of having friends is deserving of our thanks. To have true friends is one of the greatest treasures of life. The Bible speaks strongly concerning this subject. A real friend loves you regardless of life’s weather. “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17(17) The wounds of a friend will yield a favorable outcome, unlike the deceitful kisses of an enemy. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Proverbs 27(6) Cherish your true friends, they are worth more than gold!

We are so blessed and have so much to be thankful for. The Lord has been good to us.

Remember To Always Be Thankful!

Changing Things Up

“To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” I Corinthians 9(22)

leaf-colage2There are various pitches the pitcher may throw in the game of baseball. Among them are the curveball, slider, and change-up. The change-up is a slow pitch, used to throw off the hitter’s timing. A perfect change-up is thrown with the same arm motion but with much less speed than the pitcher’s fastball. An effective change-up can make a hitter swing before the ball crosses the plate.

In our labors for the Lord it is necessary that we change things in order to be more effective for Him. While it is certainly needful to be open to change in the material and tangible areas of our lives, it is vitally important also in those realms that are near and dear to us. We must be willing to make adjustments though they may infringe upon some of our long-held ways and manners of doing things. Of course the purpose is not to violate our core beliefs in the instructions and guidelines of God’s word, but rather to be pliable in His hands and thereby successfully witness the formation of Christ in the lives of men and women. “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.” Galatians 4(19)

The Apostle Paul is a role model for us in this realm of putting the spiritual welfare of others before our personal desires and ambitions. “I Therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4(1-3) “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.” II Corinthians 12(15)

The Apostle Paul has set the spiritual bar high. May we rise to the occasion with God’s help and grace as we change things up for the glory of God!

Thankfulness Exemplified

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” Colossians 3(15)

It is regrettable concerning the lack of true thankfulness in much of our society today. The Apostle Paul confirmed this truth in II Timothy 3(1-2); “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.” In this age of rampant unthankfulness, it is of utmost importance that we as Christian ministers and workers send forth a powerful message of thanks and appreciation to God and others.

We glean from the scripture that thankfulness is really a state of being. Words of thanks are necessary but being truly thankful is accomplished through a life of gratitude. Thanks is defined as an expression of gratitude. We are called upon to exemplify thankfulness in our life. The word exemplify is defined as follows; “To show by example; serve as an example of.” We are to show forth a sincere spirit of thanks before God and others.

We are to live an exemplary life of thankfulness radiating a spirit of gratitude to all we meet. As we do this, our life will be an inspiration and blessing to others. In this Spirit of thankfulness we enter God’s House and His presence. “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name.” Psalm 100(4) “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.” Psalm 95(2)

May our lives echo words of thanksgiving backed up by our actions and deeds!

Exiting 2012 with Thanksgiving

“…Thine is the Kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee. and praise thy glorious name.” I Chronicles 29(11-13)

We witness the passing of another year with thankfulness for the multitude blessings that have been bestowed upon us through the graciousness of our loving Heavenly Father. He is the true source of the many good things that come our way and we are instructed in Colossians 3(15) to be thankful. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Surely we must put the gift of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ at the top of the list. We read in II Corinthians 9(15); “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” The word “unspeakable” in this verse comes from a Greek word meaning “that which cannot be fully declared.” Truly, the gift of God’s Son is beyond human understanding and man’s vocabulary is incapable of describing the greatness of God’s love towards us.

We also are blessed and render sincere thanks to God for those we labor with and on behalf of in the harvest field. “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth.” II Thessalonians 1(3)

As we transition from 2012 to 2013, we do so with the wonderful and comforting assurance that God’s presence will go with us. “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.” Exodus 33(14) May God’s richest blessings attend you as you go forward for His glory!

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