Let Us Give Thanks

Thank you! Just two little words, yet, it makes us feel good inside whether they were uttered by us, or to us. For a disposition of continual thankfulness is not just an act of politeness. It comes from an unshakeable confidence in the goodness and blessing of God.

Before the days of “high tech”, there was a wise store manager who took the bell off a cash register and subsituted a phonograph recording so that if the Cashier forgot to say “thank you”, the machine would do Let Us Give Thanksit for her. Therefore, we should program our heart to “sing unto the Lord, and come before His Prresence with thanksgiving”, not just for one dy of the year but everyday of our life. “For God is great (see Psalms 95:1-3). Philippians 4:6-7 also records: “...in everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding , shall keep your hears and minds through Christ Jesus.” Giving thanks therefore, is not merely an option to be considered; but a gentle but powerful admonition.

Of course, our thanksgiving does not coerce, nor change God''s laws. But Thanksgiving brings about a spiritual transformation that makes the grateful person receptive to God''s blessing, and takes us beyond the field of doubt into perfect faith. Thanksgiving sets in motion the same law as giving; for thankgiving is an act of giving something. Let us give therefore, and it will be given back unto us, as the Word said. (see Luke 6:38).

To activate the flow of a thankful attitude, let us start giving thanks for everything we now have. Be thankful for the air you breathe; the friends you have; Your job; your familyt; and for everything you receive. This habit of thankfulness will increase your happiness and build your faith. King David wrote in Psalm 107:21-22; “Oh that men (women) would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! And let sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving

Several years ago, a Preacher in New York City told the following story: Je was walking down a busy street one day, and someone approached him asking for money. He reached in his pocket and pulled out whtat he thought was a one-dollar billand handed it to him. The youn g man grabged it quickly and expressed such great joy and thakfullness, that he could not ask him to return the $ bill he had given him. That young man''s grateful spirit of thankfulness became a huge “payday'' for him that day. It brought instant joy into his life.

So, regardless of circumstances in our life, let us give thanks! For thanksgiving is also a requirement in the will of God for us, who trust His word. (Thessalonians 5:18) The word also said: “offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto Him. Then call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me'' (psalm 50:14-15)

Thanksgiving before you receive, connects you with the Source of blessing. Thanksgiving after will keep you connected to the Source and helps you to enjoy your blessing Enjoy a wonderful thanksgiving season!