Monday, October 22, 2012

Thanksgiving


"In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."  
1 Thessalonians 5:18


How you ever been in a situation where you are having a hard time being thankful?  Some people naturally see things as good.  The glass is always half full.  The sun is shining.  But to others, some of us have experienced such a hardship, endure abused and encountered rejection.  They look out the window and see only the bad things.   In our society today it promotes negativity.  It injects into our society.  We are told we are not skinny enough, you need to look younger, we need more stuff and wouldn't you like to be like your neighbor.  Our identity is coming from something other than God intended.  It is coming from the window of the world.  

Our world view is founded on belief systems and experiences.  God is in the business of changing our perspective.  He is into directing you to the window with a view of good things.  God is good and he is the giver of good gifts.  The devil is the one who tries to lie, steal and kill.  The goal of the enemy of our souls is to get you to believe that God is against you causing you these problems.  He is trying to get you to think you are not good enough and you have to do better. He is also trying to get you to believe that God is doing this to you. 

God on the other hand is the giver of good gifts.  He came to destroy the works of the devil.  He came to show you his goodness.  However, we cannot experience his goodness if we cannot really be thankful.  Thankfulness brings us into the presence of God (Psalm 100:4-5).  When you give thanks and praise God in the midst of your circumstances, the devil can't take it.  It brings glory to God, rises up faith in your heart and brings God's presence into your situation.  

God defeated Jericho through praise.  The Israelites marched around the city 7 times, blew the trumpets and gave a shout to the Lord and the walls came tumbling down (Joshua 6).  When we enter into thanksgiving, we enter into the gates of the most Holy Place, his presence.  It is a place that soothes your soul and restores us.  He tells us what the enemy meant for evil he will turn around for good, because God works everything for good to those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)

We are to count our trials as joy.  What a tough way of looking at the situation especially when it seems dim.  God tells us without faith it is impossible to please God.  When we begin to thank God and remember how he sent his one and only son to die for us to give us eternal life.  We begin to see the power of God operate.  It is like a sweet fragrance arising into his throne room.  It is one saying, oh God you were right.  Your plan is the perfect plan and it is the best gift you could give me.  You sent your son to die for me that I may have eternal life and an inheritance in your kingdom.  It is all because of you and what you did.  

When we arrive at this destination, we know that God is God.  He is all knowing, with us, perfect, loving and good.  He is more than enough.  So today, may thanksgiving of God and his goodness arise as you remember what he has done for you.

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