Tuesday, November 21, 2017

TUESDAY... thoughts on being thankful

Historically this is a holiday where we can celebrate the truth of a free nation and the starting or planting of the land we live in.  But Spiritually thanksgiving is something God calls us to every day and even with every breath.  Being thankful is something that people living in the natural find difficult.  That is because what is Spiritual isn’t often understood by the natural.

What keeps you from being thankful?  There are lots of answers for that question.  Here is another one that stands out…

1 Thessalonians 5:18  NASB
in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

The problem with our priorities is that we too often make much of the wrong things, the wrong people, the wrong problems or even the wrong solutions.  Even good ideas are wrong ideas at times.

Matthew 7:6  NASB
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Some have missed what is best by inches.  Focusing on the wrong things, not following God will keep you from seeing and seizing opportunities to be thankful.

Hebrews 4:6  NASB
Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience,

Say what it is.  Call it out.  Sin is sin.  This often keeps us from following God. 

James 4:17  NASB
Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Turn the other direction and follow God to see what the difference really is.  Begin to use what God has given you, and we will all see what we become thankful.

God has a plan and in that plan (like the first verse above) we are set to be thankful.  It is God’s best for us.  Let God lead and be thankful.

Philippians 4:6 NLT
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

This week there is an opportunity for pure thanks to be given.  In fact, be contagious like a smile.  That is when a person smiles during a hard situation, and people question why you smile.  It becomes contagious.  Maybe it is like a laugh.  Have you had that happen?  When someone laughs and then another person and then another…

Being thankful is much the same.  Try it.  Live it.

Psalm 100  NASB
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.  Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.  For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.

Monday, November 20, 2017

MONDAY... thoughts on being thankful

1 Thessalonians 5:18  NASB
in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

It is very clear in the Bible.  It is God’s will for us to be thankful.  Thanking God is not a ritualistic act or an empty part of worship.  In fact when thanks is empty, when worship is empty we are defaming our Savior.

Check your heart today.  Answer the question of what will keep you from being thankful!

How to not be thankful… What keeps you from being thankful?  There are lots of reasons.  There are lots of hazards if you will.

One reason why people are not thankful is because they do not know Jesus who is the real reason for gratitude.

Matthew 7:13  NASB
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.

How to be thankful… What helps you and I stay thankful?

Making Jesus your Savior, giving praise to God will keep you grateful.  It will pour in to your heart and in to your life and even in to the people around you.  Choosing to praise God will fill us with thanks and not just during thanksgiving week.

Psalm 86:12  NASB
I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever.

Isaiah 25:1  NASB
O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.

How will you make sure that you are thankful this week and beyond?

TUESDAY... thoughts on being thankful

It is almost Thanksgiving.  At least it is almost the day where the people of the United States of America celebrate wh...