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Thanksgiving Pt. 6

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High. Psalm 92:1

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord!

The obvious meaning of thanks is gratitude or praise.

Taking a deeper look at the meaning of thanks…

it means to be well off, to fare well, and to prosper.

When we give thanks, we are declaring that we are well off! With our mouth we are determining how we fare in this life, in the circumstance, in the moment. Prosperity is on our tongue!

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2011 in Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving Pt. 5

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.  Philippians 1:3

Thanksgiving is a direct result of remembrance. I’ve read this passage time and again. There have even been occasions when someone has addressed me this way, in a card or a loving word.

Upon every remembrance

At the very mention of a name.

What would it be, if when a name comes up that we stop and say thank you for one another?

What would it look like to truly appreciate one another to such a degree that our gratitude enters into every conversation?

Thanksgiving has no lack of opportunity.

This month we are cultivating thanksgiving but by next year at this time, if we will determine to be thankful and be intentional …wouldn’t it be interesting to see just what thanksgiving has cultivated in our lives?

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in Thanksgiving

 

Thankful Thoughts Pt. 4

For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?  Psalm 6:5

In cultivating a heart of thankfulness, this thought may seem a bit morbid, I know.  But the truth of the matter is, life is too short to be unthankful.  Every day we are given opportunity to remember our Great God. 

I believe that remembrance and thankfulness are relative to one another.  In giving thanks, God knows that we have remembered Him.  In thanksgiving we have acknowledged not only His goodness but Him personally.  

 Thanksgiving is for the living!  As long as we are breathing…there is a reason to be thankful!

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Thanksgiving

 

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Unacceptable Thanksgiving

 Luke 18:9-14,

And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

 
If you look closely at this passage, you might find yourself in it.
At first it might strike fear in your heart.
 
It did mine.
 
I’m not who you think.
 
I may not say it out loud to God but there are times when I can hear it in the whispers of my heart.
 
Thank you that I am not like them.
Thank you that I haven’t done the things they’ve done.
Thank you that I don’t have that kind of reputation.
Thank you that I have never failed like that.
Thank you that I’m better off.
Thank you that my kids don’t do those things.
 
Need I say more?
 
On the receiving end…
I have felt it in a look…an overall glance, sizing me up.
I have seen it in a smile that says, “I’m just being nice.”
I have seen it in a Facebook post.
I saw them, when they saw me coming and acted as if they hadn’t.
I’ve been invisible in the room.
Hearts whispering, Thank you that I’m not like her.
 
Yep, takes one to know one.
 
It’s time to beat our breast again, to smite the hierarchy in our hearts.
At least it is at my address.
 
The blessings of God are not for us alone.
We are blessed to be a blessing.
We are not saved, to despise another man who isn’t.
We are not forgiven and our sins forgotten, to despise another man for his.
We are not prosperous, to despise and overlook another in their poverty.
We are not healthy, to despise another in his infirmity.
We are not delivered, to despise another man in his chains.
 
Thanksgiving is empty when we spend it on us.
How much can we give away?
 
His mercies are fresh and new every morning.
Mercy is not a “giver”.
Mercy is a “taker”.
In terms of thanksgiving as we know it, that’s inside out and upside down.
 
Mercies are fresh and new…not a harvest but rather laborers in our field. Reaping our harvest. Sent to glean our reproach. Carrying away what we rightfully deserve.
If we have a revelation of that, gratitude and thanksgiving will never be a problem again.
It’s not about what we have been given.
It’s about what we haven’t.
 
Be merciful to me…
Be merciful to them…
 
Lord Jesus, thank you for the cross and for taking from me. Thank you that death, hell and the grave will forever be impoverished because of what you have done. Thank you for paying such a price, for something that I do not yet truly comprehend, for a debt that I could never pay. Thank you that I owe nothing to sin, spiritually, mentally or physically. You have left me with nothing. Nothing to fear. Nothing to lose. Thank you for your mercy today. Thank you that mercy and goodness are following me today…leading me to repentance and gleaning my mess. I love you Lord.
 
 
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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Mercy, Thanksgiving

 

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God’s Will For Your Life

Did you know that thanksgiving is the will of God for your life?  As Christians, we desire to know God’s will for our lives.  We concern ourselves with “the plan”. Who am I?  What is to become of me?   Where am I to go?  What am I to do? How will it be accomplished?

Does God?

Will God? 

Can God?

All the woulds…

And shoulds…

And coulds…

They are endless.

The who…

The what…

The when…

The where…

The how…

They remain to be seen.

But this. 

This says it all.

In everything, give thanks. This is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 

Do you  know that this is the ONLY place in the word of God where you will find those words that each of us so long to have a revelation of?

This is the will of God…

 God wants us thankful!

All the who, what, when, where, why and how’s are secondary to this. 

Thankfulness doesn’t wait for the “would, should, could, does, will, can” of life.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Questioning, Thanksgiving

 

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In The Hand of the Moment

all…

Little. Seemingly insignificant. Underestimated. Underappreciated. Overlooked. Underused.

Circumstances disregard it.

Unchecked emotions undermine it.

Fear overrides it.

And still it remains.

all…

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

No matter who you are…the only time frame you have to work within is 24 hours.

Yesterday is gone and tomorrow remains to be seen.

Yet so often, yesterday diminishes today and plans for tomorrow belittle it.

What would happen if we would just live the 24 hours that are given to us?

Moment by moment embracing all.

All holds an eternal context. It excludes nothing. Factors nothing. It is what it is. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Inclusive.

I will bless the Lord every time. Every time. Every time.

All makes Him bigger.

It’s the magnifying glass held in the hand of the moment.

We look on Him and are lightened…radiant.

Psalm 34:1-5, I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.  I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  They looked unto him, and were lightened:  and their faces were not ashamed.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2011 in Blessing, Thanksgiving

 

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Thankful Thoughts Pt. 3

Revelations 11:17, says, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Thanksgiving reveals His lordship in our lives.

We can only truly be thankful when the Lord is reigning.

That means that thanksgiving is not situational nor is it circumstantial. It comes from a heart that is settled on who Jesus really is and what He has done for us!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Thanksgiving

 

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