TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, November 26, 2020:
The act of giving thanks; an expression of thanks especially to God.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica, "In everything give thanks. (I Thessalonians 5:18) This does not mean that we have to be thankful for everything. We do not have to be thankful for bad circumstances or issues. But the Lord can use the resulting difficulties from these issues for good. The scriptures tell us is that our praise and thanksgiving to God should not depend on our circumstances.
In his letter to Philemon the Apostle Paul writes about his runaway slave Onesimus. Onesimus had met Paul and found the Lord. When Paul was imprisoned, Onesimus had helped Paul. It was a disappointment to Philemon that Onesimus ran away and Paul wanted Philemon to see how the Lord turned the situation into good. He wanted Philemon, who was also a Christian, to be thankful for this situation. Paul wrote to Philemon, "Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good, no longer as a slave, but a dear brother."
Knowing that God can use all things for good is more than enough for us to give thanks to Him for everything. God has not promised to keep us from the storms of life but He will keep us as we go through them.
When the American colonies were being developed, one man said to the pioneers that they were spending way too much time on their problems. He said it was time for them to focus on their blessings thus the first Thanksgiving Day came to pass. As believers we need to take time not only today, but every day, to focus on our blessings and not on our problems that we may be facing. If we do this, God will give us a joyful spirit and a thankful heart.
In Deuteronomy 9, we read of God's reminder to Israel that He was leading them into the Promised Land to fulfill His purpose and promises. He reminded them that they would succeed because of Him and not because of their own righteousness. He knew that they would be tempted to give themselves the credit and not to be grateful for their prosperity.
Ungratefulness is a problem and a temptation for us today. If our endeavors are successful, we need to make certain that we make our THANKFULNESS TO GOD a priority and give Him the glory. We need to thank God for His goodness, help and blessing. We do not need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful.
Here are several scriptures to remind you today to give thanks to God.
In I Corinthians 15:57 it says for us to say thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
In II Corinthians 2:14 it says we are to give thanks to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ.
In II Corinthians 9:15 Paul says, "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift."
And finally, in Hebrews 12:28 we read, "let us be thankful, and so worship God."
Yes, we have so much to thank the Lord for and it is in our giving thanks and glory to the Lord for all that He has done for us, that we worship Him. Read the verse that we have put above under our scripture for today. Start today by entering into His gates with thanksgiving. Begin with a personal time of prayer and reading the Word of God and then throughout the whole day be thankful for all that God has done and is doing for you.
Our memory verse this week is found in Psalm 23:1.
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
We thank You for Your creation, for the stars in the sky and the waters in the sea. We thank You for the blessings in life that You continually bestow upon us and for Your overwhelming goodness. We thank You for sending Your Son to pay the penalty for our sins. Thank You for preparing now a place for us to spend eternity with You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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