Thank You Lord

Being thankful is recorded as early as Genesis 4:3 and 4 when Cain brought fruit from the ground as an offering to God and Abel brought a firstling of the flock for sacrifice unto God. Thankfulness was always accompanied by a gift to God. In Genesis 8:20 Noah built an altar unto God when they were finally able to disembark from the ark and he offered sacrifice being thankful that they had been spared. Passover is the greatest day of thanksgiving set forth in the Bible. The people of Israel left Egypt after being enslaved 400 years. They left with all the riches of Egypt and there was not a feeble knee among them. Passover is celebrated in the spring as well as Easter or Resurrection Sunday and these are true days of thankfulness (not that I am propounding a change). For Passover we are thankful that God delivered His people from Egypt and by the Passover Lamb they were redeemed by the blood and by its flesh their diseases healed . For Resurrection Sunday we are thankful that Jesus Christ is our Passover Lamb who redeemed us by his blood and by his flesh we were healed of all our diseases. 

In this administration of Grace giving thanks is to be continual and not confined to a single day. Thanksgiving reminds us of our blessings spiritually and physically and this is good. But we must also be thankful the other days of the years. Start your prayer with thanksgiving. When you read the Psalms thankfulness is prevalent. 

We can be thankful for God's great goodness and mercy.

Psalm 106
:1 Praise ye the LORD. 
    O give thanks unto the LORD; 
        for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
:2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? 
can shew forth all his praise?

We can be thankful for the nearness of God's presence.

Psalm 75
:1 Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, 
    unto thee do we give thanks: 
        for that thy name is near 
            thy wondrous works declare.

We can be thankful for public worship.

Psalm 35
:18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: 
    I will praise thee among much people.

We can be thankful for His holiness.

Psalm 30
:4 Sing unto the LORD, 
        O ye saints of his, 
    and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

We can be thankful for the triumph in Christ that we have through the Gospel.

II Corinthians 2
:14 Now thanks be unto God, 
        which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, 
        and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

We can be thankful on behalf of our ministers.

II Corinthians 1
:11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, 
        that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons 
    thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

We can be thankful to Christ for our lives.

I Timothy 1
:12  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, 
    who hath enabled me, 
        for that he counted me faithful, 
    putting me into the ministry;

We can be thankful for deliverance from the sin that dwells within us.

Romans 7
:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
        So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; 
        but with the flesh the law of sin.

We can be thankful that we have victory over death and the grave.

II Corinthians 2
:14 Now thanks be unto God, 
        which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, 
    and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

We can be thankful for all things.

Ephesians 5
:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father 
    in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

II Corinthians 9
:11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, 
    which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

I Thessalonians 5
:18 In every thing give thanks: 
    for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

According to the Word of God thanksgiving should be accompanied by praise and  prayers for others.

Hebrews 13
:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, 
    that is, 
        the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Colossians 4
:2 Continue in prayer,
    and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

I Timothy 2
:1 I exhort therefore, 
    that, first of all, 
giving of thanks, 
    be made for all men;
:2     For kings, 
        and for all that are in authority; 
    that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
:3 For this is good 
    and acceptable 
    in the sight of God our Saviour;

These verses are not confined to any one day, but a daily and moment by moment way of life. Walking in thankfulness and praise to God daily will change your life. It will also change the lives of others as you pray for people and be an example of His loving kindness and mercy. 

II Timothy 1
:3 I thank God, 
        whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, 
    that without ceasing 
    I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

Today, we as a nation can be thankful for each other and the peace that we can have in our hearts knowing that God had a hand in forming this country and He helps us stay strong. We must pray for our country to unleash the power of God. We must pray for our leaders in government and our ministers that they do and say what God would have them do. We have not because we ask not. God will not overstep our freedom of will. 

Psalm 33
:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD;
    and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear [reverence] him, 
        upon them that hope in his mercy;
:19 To deliver their soul from death, 
    and to keep them alive in famine.
:20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: 
    he is our help and our shield.
:21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, 
    because we have trusted in his holy name.
:22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, 
    according as we hope in thee.

Colossians 3
:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, 
        to the which also ye are called in one body; 
    and be ye thankful.

God Bless &

Enjoy Your Thanks Giving