November 2021

Bits ‘n Pieces

Thanksgiving

The Season of Thanksgiving is upon us. In the past we were encouraged just to “be thankful” and just “give thanks,” but to whom and for what? We have endured the prolonged consequences of the China Virus, the implications of the Presidential Election and the growing tyranny of the “Nanny State Overlords” usurping their authority and steeling our freedoms. I fear “Thanks Giving” for many will be another victim of the “new normal” as they try to set aside another founding principle of our country. Much more importantly however, is that we are now aware of their ways! They hate God and are killing our children! We must give thanks and acknowledge the Creator of Heaven and Earth, the Eternal Lord God Almighty. It is the fundamental, “essential” act of Faith and Worship. Paul tells us: “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heat was darkened.” (Romans 1:21)

The practice of thankfulness necessitates several things; the first is to recognize the need to give thanks; the second is that the need is supplied and lastly, giving thanks to the one responsible for responding to the need and supplying the need. It is the last point that you will never hear from our secular culture. It is not willing to acknowledge that there is One God, who alone is capable and responsible for supplying all their needs. Our culture today displays the demanding attitude of being self absorbed as a petulant child. A people who think they deserve a life free of toil, responsibility, pain and free from being offended. Thanksgiving is then given with consideration of what they have and getting what they want. This type of “thanksgiving” results in a declaration of lifestyle attainment, instead of humble gratitude rightly given to the Creator God responsible for it all.

The Bible exhorts us “to give thanks,” to God alone. Three such passages are: Psalm 107:1,2
which begins: “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His loving-kindness is everlasting. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so. Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary.” The second is Hebrews 13:15-16: “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” And the last 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Scripture shows us that true thanksgiving can only result when we rightly acknowledge Almighty God and all that we are and have, has come from Him. Through His love and mercy He responds to our cries by supplying our need or delivering us out of our distress. All mankind is in distress but only the Lord delivers His people from manifold troubles. It is the Lord whom we must fear, humble ourselves before His throne and acknowledge that He alone is the only God of creation. Of prime importance is our Thanksgiving to Him and Him alone for His eternal blessings and salvation given us through Jesus Christ. I commend this spiritual exercise to you, this “Thanksgiving Season.” Giving thanks to God puts you in proper perspective of acknowledging Him as our God, praising Him for His bountiful blessings to us. And as you do, you will receive confidence in your eternal relationship through Christ. Our Thanksgiving is essential! You will experience His presence and peace.

You will witness deliverance from your battle with the world, the flesh and the Devil. Then true thanksgiving will take place in your heart and life. Indeed, you will not be able to contain your desire to praise your God, to give Him thanks, to everyone! To tell of His Goodness! May the LORD bless you in this Season of Thanksgiving, your spiritual exercise! How essential is that?

Pastor Robert

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