TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, November 24, 2017:
To express gratitude or appreciation; a grateful feeling.
Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercies endure forever. I Chronicles 16:34.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. Psalm 107: 8-9.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift. II Corinthians 9:15.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
For the last four days, we have shared thoughts with you about thanksgiving. Our prayer has been that this Thanksgiving Day, (yesterday) was very special to you and your family and friends.
We also feel that not only Americans but our friends around the world need to be reminded from time to time, not only on Thanksgiving Day, to spend time each day thanking God for His many blessings.
Just take a moment again today and list in your mind all the things that God has given you to be thankful for; good health, family, your salvation, a job, a home, friends, church, the Bible, food, material possessions and the list goes on and on.
In Psalm 103: 3-6 David gives us his list of things for which he thanks God for. He forgives our sins, heals our diseases, redeems us from death, crowns us with love and compassion, satisfies our desires for good things and gives righteousness and justice to us. All these benefits are ours. When you are feeling down and feeling you have much to complain about and without anything to be thankful for sit down with your Bible and read David’s list.
Many people in our world, in fact over 85%, do not have anywhere near the many things that we as Americans have to be thankful for. How much more then should we be thankful to God! Take a moment now to read the three scriptures we have written for you above and then reflect on how God has blessed you and give Him thanks.
In Psalm 103:2 it reads: "Praise the Lord, Oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits." When things are going well we often become complacent and take things for granted. We even give ourselves all the credit. It is easy to forget all the benefits God has given us. How often do we really thank God for all He gives us?
As far back as we can remember we were taught to be thankful and as a family spent time every day praying and thanking God for His blessings. Christian parents have the responsibility of teaching their children the benefits they received from the Lord and to be faithful in thanking Him for them.
We are thankful for the marvelous heritage we received from our Christian parents to remember all God’s benefits and be thankful to Him. We passed this heritage to our children. Now it is their responsibility to pass it on to their children.
What about you? If you do not have that heritage now is the time for you to take time every day to thank God for His blessings and establish that heritage with your children and your family. Our God is a loving God and deserving of your gratitude every day, not only on Thanksgiving Day. And He will respond by multiplying His blessings upon your life if you just take the time to thank Him.
Have you thanked God recently for sending His Son to pay the penalty for your sins? Have you thanked God for the assurance that you have that He is in heaven preparing a place for you for eternity? The apostle Paul calls God's gift of salvation and grace that He gave us by giving His only begotten Son to die on the cross as "GOD'S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT." We should be so thankful for this gift that Paul says is above all else.
If you pause to think, you will be aware of how many benefits you have from God that should give you cause to thank God. We should never get too busy or so complacent that we fail to thank God for His many blessings each and every day.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 100:4.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Give me this day a spirit of gratitude to You dear God for all that You have blessed my life with. As a family may we begin today spending more time just to thank You for all the benefits we receive from You. Thank You for Your goodness in forgiving our sins, for redeeming us and giving us eternal life and for Your wonderful blessings to us. Thank You for satisfying my longing soul and for filling my life with your joy and peace.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, 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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