hope you're enjoying this most wonderful time of the year and that you had a great Thanksgiving. The last few months have been busy for me traveling throughout the north Texas area preaching the Good News. A special "Thank you" to those of you who support this ministry."
What powerful words in the incredible array of scripture verses below:
"In everything give Thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus." — I Thess. 5:18
"...giving Thanks always for everything to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ." — Eph. 5:20
"...let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips giving Thanks to His Name.... for with such sacrifices God is well pleased." — Heb. 13:15,16
"And when you offer a sacrifice of Thanksgiving to the Lord, offer it at your own free will." — Lev. 22:29
While attending a local Church service the Pastors wife made a statement that really touched me. She said, "Thanksgiving is our secret password to God."
In a world where we need multiple passwords, scripture has certain passwords as well. The Name of Jesus is our password to gain salvation and Thanksgiving is the Christians password which opens the door for growth and blessing.
When our attitude is pleasing to God, we can be confident He hears and will answer our prayers. From my experience, the only way God moves in our lives is when there is a heart of Thanksgiving.
A while back I went through some very tough times because of bad decisions, both personally and in business. When looking back to examine why and how I found myself there, the realization came to me. At that time in my life I was in a very unthankful state of mind. I complained about many things, about people, family members, our government, and whatever else that ruffled me. My Christian testimony was surely waning during those days.
At some point back in the middle of all that frustration I awoke to the realization of my sinful attitude. I asked God to forgive me and decided to choose to be THANKFUL for EVERYTHING, NO MATTER WHAT (my own free will — Lev. 22:29).
Things completely changed in my Spirit and attitude toward life, from negative to becoming positive and joyful. The peace in my heart I experienced was immediate and overwhelming, but it took time and consistent (always — everything — Eph. 5:20) daily faith for things to begin changing outwardly. When our thoughts, words and life (the fruit of our lips giving thanks — Heb. 13:15,16) begin to match up with scripture (like those above) things must and will begin to change for the good.
When we ask Jesus to be our Lord, we can be so thankful, because we have the opportunity to never worry or never fear about anything in our lives any longer. Many people are facing sickness, grief or other hardships, but He is there. Anything we confront or anything that happens in our life, whether good or bad, He is there. God already knew about it, knew it was going to happen and He promises to see us through.
Our part is to be Thankful in whatever state we find ourselves, because He is in control, no matter what. In this world we must take care of needed business, but our Spiritual part in life, is to make sure we're continually Thankful about everything, resting in Christ while taking care of business. That doesn't mean our head is buried in the sand, but it does mean, though we're challenged with tribulations inside and out, we stay in the place of peace and Thanksgiving, doing what we can to the best of our ability. I could go on and on with the subject of Thanksgiving, but you have the picture.
The first thing one must do to have a Thankful heart, is to be at peace with God. That's no problem and is easily done by asking Jesus Christ to forgive you of all sin. He promises He will do that!
Ask Him to come into your heart and be your Savior and Lord. Then, when you submit to God's will for your life, your heart is filled with Thanksgiving. This will always cause growth and give confidence that God will bless abundantly in all areas of life.
Just like we don't physically mature overnight, Christian maturity doesn't happen overnight either. Stay faithful to God. Stay in a good Church and in fellowship with other strong believers. Read the Bible and allow the scripture to build you. Spend quiet time alone with God.
The choices we make each and everyday in thoughts, words and actions either draw us nearer or push us further away from our Father. He loves us and has given us the password.
"Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with Thanksgiving." — Col.2:7
"Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be Thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations." — Ps.100:4,5
Remember, when times are going great or when being challenged, we can rest knowing, as a Christian we have a password to the eternal realm of peace, rest and blessing in all things:
For just the small amount of a lunch, you can become a co-worker with me taking this message of hope to those in need. Click on the plate and “Let's Have Lunch!” !
So So Thankful — Because of Jesus!