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Sep 24th 2009, 06:51 AM
:bible: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you;
Psalm 92:1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High.

Webster defines the word thanksgiving as: (1) the act of giving thanks; (2) a prayer expressing gratitude; or, (3) a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness. In everything give thanks. The Christian privilege is to find reason for gratitude in all things: "for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

- Reasons To Say Thanks -

Have you ever found yourself staring at the words Thanksgiving Day on the calendar and wondering what in the world you have to be thankful for? It could happen if a job loss makes you wonder how you'll ever get enough money to survive. Or if you have recently heard nothing but bad news from the doctor. Or if someone you had entrusted with your heart has broken it and run away. The reasons we may find it hard to give thanks are as many as the troubles that strike us each day. Difficulties don't pause for a Thanksgiving break. There is a way, however, to find reasons to be thankful during even the darkest episodes of life. When the curtain of struggles seems to block out all joy, we can choose to be thankful. One way is to look into the Scriptures to see all the things we have to be thankful for, which have nothing to do with circumstances. Despite our trials, we can give thanks for God's unfailing goodness (Psalm 106:1); for God's holy name (Psalm 30:4); for deliverance from sin (Romans 7:24-25); for victory over death (1 Corinthians 15:56, 57); for God's nearness (Hebrews 13:5). Do you possess good health? If so, thank God for it. Do you live in a comfortable house and have enough to eat? Praise God for what He has given to you. The psalmist said, "it is good to give thanks to the LORD" (Psalm 92:1). But don't stop there. Accompany your thanksgiving with intercession for the ill and the needy. Then do what you can to help them. Today, tomorrow, and the many days to follow, let's all practice thankfulness to God instead of:

(1) Complaining about what we don't have,
(2) Or fuming about the unfairness of life, and
(3) Asking for more for ourselves.

Within the New Testament the theme of thanksgiving is mentioned about forty-five times, and this form of praise is offered for both temporal and spiritual blessings. Christ's unfailing practice of giving thanks for food (Matthew 15:36; 26:27; Mark 8:6; 14:23; Luke 22:17, 19; John 6:23; 1 Corinthians 11:24) should prove an effectual example to all believers. Thanksgiving on part of the Apostle Paul is worthy of close attention. He uses the phrase "thanks be unto God" in connection with Christ as the "unspeakable gift" (2 Corinthians 9:15), concerning the victory over the grave which is secured by the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:57), and because of the present triumph which is our through Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14). His thanksgiving to God for believers (1 Thessalonians 1:2; 3:9), for Titus in particular (2 Corinthians 8:16), and his exhortation that thanks be given for all men (1 Timothy 2:1) are likewise object lessons to all the children of God.

The Scriptures, inspired of God, mentions two very important elements concerning the theme of Thanksgiving. They are:

(1) Thanksgiving Should Be Prayer Without Ceasing Since the person of God is unchanged and His benefits never cease, and since the abundant grace of God will redound to the glory of God through the thanksgiving of many, it is reasonable that thanksgiving be given to Him without ceasing. Of this form of praise we read: "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name" Hebrews 13:15; Ephesians 1:16; 5:20; Colossians 4:2). This feature of thanksgiving is also emphasized in the Old Testament (Psalms 30:12; Psalm 79:13; 107:22; 116:17).

(2) Thanksgiving Should Be Offered For All Things Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. A similar command is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (Philippians 4:6; Colossians 2:7; Colossians 3:17).

Giving thanks always for all things is far removed from giving thanks sometimes for some things. However, having accepted the truth that all things work together for good to them who love God, it is fitting that thanks be rendered to God for all things (good or bad). Many years ago a magazine related the story of a young man who had a habit of grumbling. He complained about the weather, found fault with his family and friends, and allowed the smallest of things to upset him. Then one day he read this: "When you have truly thanked the Lord for every blessing sent, then you'll have very little time to murmur or complain." He realized that his spirit of discontent had made him overlook the gifts God was constantly showering on him. He determined that with God's help he would rid himself of this habit. So whenever he became irritated or began to complain, he would stop and thank God for the many good things he was enjoying. It worked! By centering his attention on praising rather than pouting, he found it much easier to avoid a grouchy mood. As born again believers in Jesus Christ, we have so much for which to praise the Lord. Thankfulness and an attitude of gratitude ought to be the characteristic of every believer (Psalm 34:1). All of life takes on a different value when we spend our time counting our blessings rather than airing our complaints. Let's be thankful.

- Think and Thank -

Psalm 103:2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.

If we pause to think about the abundance that God has showered on us, we will discover many reasons to express our gratitude to Him. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to take God's goodness for granted. For example, most of us have food, clothing, and shelter. Yet in some parts of the world, even in highly developed countries, many people fight hunger, poverty, and homelessness. God in His goodness keeps on blessing us with an abundance far beyond what we need or deserve. In addition to our material blessings, we as Christians receive so many spiritual blessings. How can we best express our gratitude as we think about all that God has given to us? First by maintaining a thankful spirit in everything we do. Then by giving liberally and cheerfully of our time, money, and talent to spread the gospel and to help poor and needy people in Jesus' name. Today and every day, let's take time to think of all the blessings we have received from God, lest we become unthankful.

Nov 26th 2009, 08:53 PM
A very happy Thanksgiving to You all! :pp

(I am thankful for all the Thanksgiving threads!) ;)