have mentioned several times, in previous articles, that Thanksgiving is my
favorite of all the holidays.The focus
is not on materialism but rather on parades, food, football games and most
importantly family. For me, this year
will provide many mixed emotions.This
will be the last Thanksgiving as a family before my daughter gets married.It will be the last Thanksgiving before my
son starts college.It will be my first
Thanksgiving without my parents.Things
change.Life changes.Thankfully God does not.
13:8 - Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Genesis we are told that man is created in "His image."His desire for man to be saved so that an
eternal home in heaven can be our final destination is of utmost importance to
Him.Consider the following passages:
Timothy 2:1-6 - Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers,
intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who
are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness
and reverence.For this is good and
acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and
to come to the knowledge of the truth.For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man
Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all.
desire for us is to be saved.These
aren’t just words, he put a plan in action for it to be possible.
28:18-20 - And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been
given to Me in heaven and on earth.Go
therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all
things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end
of the age." Amen.
5:1-11 - Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into
this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.And not only that, but we also glory in
tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance,
character; and character, hope.Now hope
does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts
by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the
ungodly.For scarcely for a righteous
man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to
die.But God demonstrates His own love
toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Much more then, having now been justified by
His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.For if when we were enemies we were
reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been
reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
we examine our lives, these passages demonstrate the core of what we should be
thankful for.We give thanks to God for
His love, His blessings and the opportunity we have at eternal life through the
gift of His son Jesus.
are also thankful for the day to day blessings we receive.The disciples were a very thankful people for
the blessings given to them by God.
– Rejoice evermore.Pray without
ceasing.In everything give thanks: for
this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
have the right to pray, and we should never forget to give thanks for all
things.Our gratitude is to be continual
because our blessings are continual (1 Thes. 5:17).
5:20 - giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ
life, our breath, our family, our food, clothes and all other things that
sustain us in this world would not be without God.May we always give him the thanks, reverence
and praise that is due him.
life of dedicated to praise and thanksgiving unto God will help you overcome
all obstacles placed in your path.And
never forget the words of James, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation;
for when he hath been approved, he shall receive the crown of life, which [the
Lord] promised to them that love him.”
are thankful that our reward has been assured to those that are found faithful:
14:1-3 - Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in
Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have
told you. I go to prepare a place for you.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive
you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
I am thankful for each of you.During
the short time this website has been running, it has been viewed by over 99,000
souls in over 180 countries.It is easy
at times to think the world has given itself over to Satan but the truth is
there are so many people looking for the truth.We can provide it to them.
My prayer is that God continues to bless each of you
and your families as you continue to strive to live a life pleasing to Him.