Friday, November 29, 2013

blessed & 'give thanks'

It’s almost December.  Thanksgiving is over.  But there is so much truth to the thought that we have so much to be thankful for because we are blessed.  Being thankful is a way of life for the person who sees the greatness of God and the opportunities that He gives us.

in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Everything means everything.  In the good and the bad, give thanks.  In the celebrations of life and in the sorry that comes along the way, give thanks.  In our strength and in our weakness, give thanks.  It isn’t easy, but it is right.

The person who sees God, loves God and seeks God will give thanks in their everything day lives.  As we leave Thanksgiving Day, the American holiday, I understand that every day ought to be a day of giving thanks for us.

Here are some verses that speak to us about giving thanks:

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalm 18:49  NASB
Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O Lord, And I will sing praises to Your name.

Psalm 139:14  NASB
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

Isaiah 12:4  NASB
And in that day you will say, “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted.”

Romans 14:6  NASB
He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.

We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.

Make your days count.  Make your relationships count.  Connect to God more today than yesterday.  A good way to do all three of those things is to give thanks!


Chester Rumley’s funeral is Saturday at 11am at Oak Hill Cathedral in Bassett, and the visitation will be 30 minutes before the funeral.  Community family, please come to the funeral if you can. 

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