November 22, 2012

Thankful for Thanksgiving

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 22, 2012

“Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.” 1 Chronicles 16:35

A nation that stays on its knees in thanksgiving to God enjoys the blessings of God. Sophistication is never meant to substitute ingenuity for the Spirit’s power. Modern conveniences are meant to be a catalyst for Christ’s love to be leveraged worldwide. Moreover, when a country dedicates a holiday—holy day—in remembrance of the Almighty’s favor the citizens of that nation remember their true Originator and Sustainer.

We are a blessed people because of the godly people who went before us under the authority of Almighty God. We stand on the shoulders of other saints who believed boldly in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ and the working of His power that fueled their faith, their patriotism, their life, their work and their relationships. Therefore, we are compelled to be thankful for our ancestor’s blood, sweat, tears, resolve and trust in God.

“I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.” Daniel 2:23

Yes, you can bow quietly at home with your family in gratitude for God’s great goodness and provision. The faith of your forefathers in your heavenly Father is a gift that keeps giving to this day. Remind your children of the context of their Christianity. It is a privilege they have to praise and worship God without intrusion from outsiders. They can be thankful to the Lord for their heritage of faith that facilitates humility, love and service.

Furthermore, your freedom to express your faith can be a blessing to other less fortunate nations. A nation that gives away God’s love is a nation that is loved by God. Take His blessings and bless the nations. Your motive is not to make them like your country, but to help them understand how to be like Jesus. One newly converted leader filled with the Holy Spirit can influence the masses to embrace Christ. So today, thank God for a day of Thanksgiving and from a grateful heart give all nations an opportunity to know His love!

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.” Romans 1:8

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thanks for blessing my nation, so that I can bless other nations.

Related Readings: Exodus 3:15; Micah 7:7; Colossians 3:17; I Thessalonians 2:13

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  1. William Butler says:

    This is a great article however, we as a nation have forgot to stay on our knees and thank God for what we have everyday. We have turned our back on him and are just like the children of Isreal. wre need to get back to Second Chronicles 7:14 till we do that God is not going to bless this nation.

  2. Sgt. Minister Paula j.l.b.Tolefree says:

    Thanksgiving is profoundly CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY in that it focus us on the GOD as the true source of all our blessings. As the hymn writer saids ‘all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the LORD GOD made them all.
    Paul tell us in many different ways that while we can’t control what happen to us, but it does point the way to a genuine Christian response, we donot have a total regarding how we response/ respond. Tragedy strikes, children die. planes crash, good men go to jail, people gossip, marriages break-up, and peoplelie about their behavoir. There is nothing to be done about all of this because it is an on-going consequences of living in a fallen world, but we do have a choice regarding how we respond to the heart achs and hurts of life. That’s the primary contribution of this wonderful little book that has blessed the people of God for 2000 years [ACTS 16] .
    I thank my God everytime I remember You. In all my prayers for all of you. I always pray with Joy because of your partnership in the gossip from the first day until now.
    Whenever you pray for someone, begin by thanking God for the rolew they play in your life, for all that they done, for the good things they done for others. Even if you have conflict with this person, thank God, that he or she is giving you the opportunity to grow spiritually, learn forgiveness, be more patient and on and on, and if you try you can find something to be thankful for in just anyone.. AMEN AND AMEN.GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. HAPPY THANKSGIVING.. SGT. MINISTER PAULA JOHNSON LORD BUCHANAN TOLEFREE……

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