TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, November 21, 2018:
The act of giving thanks; an expression of thanks especially to God.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.
Be joyful always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving here in America. We encourage you whether you live here in America or in one of the 200 countries where people who receive our daily devotionals live, to start preparing today to show our thankfulness to God for all he has done for all of us. Start counting your blessings.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica (above verses) that we are to, “in everything give thanks.” For those of you who are going through a difficult time or will be alone on Thanksgiving you may not be feeling very thankful. Yet Paul instructs us in his letter to the church in Thessalonica, “to give thanks in everything.”
In Paul’s day it was far from easy to be a Christian. Christians faced terrible persecution. For many it cost them their life. It is difficult for us to see how they would feel very thankful in their circumstances.
What Paul is saying is that our praise and thanksgiving to God should not depend on our circumstances or our feelings. Even when we aren’t feeling joyful and thankful, God is forever worthy of our praise and thanksgiving.
God’s desire is for us is to be joyful always, pray continually and to give thanks to God in all circumstances. When we do what God wants us to do, He will work in our heart and life. Our circumstances may not change but our perspective will. We will always have abundant reasons to be thankful to our Lord who will always supply all of our needs. Even in the worst of circumstances God works for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
When the American colonies were being developed, one man told the pioneers that they were spending way too much time on their problems. He said that it was time for them to get focused on their blessings. Thus the first Thanksgiving Day took place.
As believers we need to take time every day to focus on our blessings and not on the problems we might be facing. If we do this God will give us a joyful spirit and a thankful heart.
Ungratefulness is a problem and a temptation for many people today. If our endeavors are successful we need to stop and thank God and give Him the glory. Most people do not do this. They quickly forget the source of their blessing and forget to thank Him. We all at times can let our problems become so overwhelming to us that we fail to recognize our blessings. We do not need more to be thankful for in our lives we just need to be more thankful.
To encourage you to be more thankful, read these verses:
• I Corinthians 15:57 tells us to say thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
• II Corinthians 2:14 says we are to give thanks to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ.
• II Corinthians 9:15 says, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” (Salvation through Jesus, His Son, who gave His life on the cross).
• Hebrews 12:28 reads, let us be thankful, and so worship God.
Our prayer is for you and your family to be thankful to God, this Thanksgiving week, for His many blessings to you. HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING TOMORROW!
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 148:1-4.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
I thank You for the many blessings in life that You have given me and my family. My prayer is that You may continually bestow upon us Your blessings and help us to earnestly to seek to honor and worship You for who You are and for all You have done for us.
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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