"For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through Him." John 3:17
Psalm 107:21-22, "Oh that men would praise Elohim for His goodness, and for all His wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing."
Hebrews 13:15, "By (Christ YAHSHUA) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to YAH continually --- that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances ... for this is YHWH's Will for you!"
FATHER, actually to be thankful in "all things" is an instruction or even commandment for every born again believer. I deeply regret that I don't always comply.
When we follow the directions of Your Word, FATHER, and put first things first, we get results! We can expect to receive from You the things You've provided for us! "I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all ..." (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Wow! There's no doubt in my mind that if folks would practice being thankful; thanking You in everything that goes on in our lives, we'd have a much deeper and fuller walk with You! Because in everything You tell us to do, there is a purpose. How 'bout, an act of obedience for us to do what You tell us to do!?!
For example, that Scripture in 1 Timothy Two, goes on to tell us why we should be thankful for all mankind. In verses 2-4, "... that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of YAH our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
Isn't that a good enough reason to do what You tell us to do, FATHER? Who, could not want that for this nation and the world?!? The devil; satan!
But, FATHER, for the moment, let's look from the standpoint of our forged nation. Our forefathers set aside a day each year (which actually should be every day of every year) to offer thanks to You.
Why? Because they were truly thankful for You blessing them spiritually and materially as a nation. I can't tell You how much genuine thanksgiving (if any) is generated from our country, today!? If we look at what "appears to be" there ain't much!
In any event, FATHER, at the very least, we, the people, of this country, should offer You thanksgiving (daily) for the spiritual and material blessings of life You've bestowed upon us. We should start with "first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks ... for all men (women & children) ... " And, for Your loving protection and care for us --- many thanks for meeting such critical needs!
FATHER, this thanksgiving season (2010), it is my humble prayer that we look into Your Holy Word and find out individually what You have to say about "the giving of thanks"... Your Covenant (within the Scriptures) with us, tells exactly what we should be thankful for.
The sacrifice of praise (and thanksgiving) is to be offered even when all is darkness around us. It is to be offered when my heart is heavy. Why? Because You are my Heavenly FATHER and Elohim of my life!
FATHER, if believers could understand the dynamics of thanksgiving and praise, lives would never be the same. For as we begin to thank and praise You (in all of our circumstances) Your Holy SPIRIT begins to permeate within us.
To continually thank and praise You is a process; decrease of self and increasing (illuminating) Your presence within us. We, in effect, are telling You, FATHER, "I trust You to take care of me --- in every area of my life!" Now, that's something to rejoice about, with "joy unspeakable and full of glory" unto You!
In Jesus YAHSHUA's Holy Name, AMEN!!!
May Everyone Reading This Have A Wonderfully BLESSED Thanksgiving Season --- Each New Day!!!
PS: Bottom Line: FATHER, "first of all"--- thank You for all. I praise You for Your Goodness! I sacrifice the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and declare Your Works with rejoicing! I thank You for the spiritual and material blessings of life! Thank You for all of Your faithful provisions; especially caring and protection for my family, extended family, and me!
FATHER, everything we have is a gift from You! Please, teach me not to take Your beautiful gifts for granted ... And, Thank You, that all things (even though I might not like them, nor understand) work for my good and Your Glory! How do I know that? Because I love You; and, Your Word says so! In Jesus YAHSHUA's Holy Name, AMEN!!!