From the Pastor's Desk . . .

With Thanksgiving . . .

 

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

Col 3:15 (KJV)

 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Phil 4:6 (KJV)

 

Thanksgiving is the aspect of praise that gives thanks to God for what He does for us. Ideally, thanksgiving should spring from a grateful heart; but it is required of all believers, regardless of their initial attitude. 

Being thankful shapes our heart and our thinking so that we can look at the deeper things of God.  Thanksgiving leads us into a deeper relationship with God.   We can always find something to be thankful for, no matter what may be the burden of our wants, or the special subject of our petitions. 

When we pray for the supply of our wants, we may be thankful for that kind providence which has already been extended to us.  When we pray for restoration from sickness, we may be thankful for the health we have enjoyed; and for God's merciful hand upon us in the former days of trial, and for his goodness in now sparing our lives. When we pray that our children and friends may be preserved from danger and death, we may remember how often God has beforehand provided miracles to save them. When, oppressed with a sense of sin, we pray for pardon, we have abundant cause of thanksgiving that there is a glorious way by which we may be saved.  

We should be grateful to God for all things, but especially for His work of salvation and sanctification. We ought also to thank God in anticipation of His answering our prayers, knowing that His answers will always be in accord with His perfect will for our lives. When I can leave my problems at God’s throne, I can trust in His promise that all things work for my good. God blesses a thankful heart. Through thanksgiving you begin to see how God is working in your life. 

A thankful heart gives glory to God.

  • Joshua 1:9 (KJV)

    9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest (KJV) 

  • 2 Chronicles 7:12-16 (KJV)

    12) And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 13) If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14) If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15) Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 16) For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.  2 Chronicles 7:12-16 (KJV)

  • Isaiah 40:29-31 (KJV)

    29) He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31) But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31 (KJV)

  • Jeremiah 17:7 (KJV)

    Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.  Jeremiah 17:7 (KJV)


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