Let Us Make Thanksgiving a Lifestyle

On this day in the United States we celebrate a special holiday called Thanksgiving. As Americans, we set aside a special Thursday in November each year to give thanks to God for His abundant blessings.

Thanksgiving Day is an observance that was begun well over two hundred years ago by settlers in a New World to honor God for His provision and protection. They were so thankful to be alive. The hardships were unbelievable, and even after the initial harvest, it took years for conditions to improve. And yet, in the midst of conditions that we could not even begin to comprehend, they gave thanks to their Heavenly Father.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)

It is very clear throughout the Word that the Giving of Thanks is to be a lifestyle for the one who trusts in God and is called by His Name. Please take a moment to read and ponder the following Scriptures.

Daniel Gave Thanks to God three times a day
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. (Daniel 6:10)

Jesus Gave Thanks
And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. (John 6:11-12)

Those who were healed and touched of the Lord Gave Thanks
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. (Luke 17:15-16)

Those who received salvation Gave Thanks
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: (Colossians 1:12-13)

It is the will of God for us to Give Thanks
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:18-24)

In Timothy we are exhorted that the Giving of Thanks ought to be one of the first things we do.

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

In Hebrews we find that the Giving of Thanks as an offering and sacrifice.

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. (Hebrews 13:15)

The Sound of “Thanks” Fills Heaven
And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. (Revelation 11:16-17)

Today we would like to ask you to take time right now to say,

“Thank You, Lord.”

We all have needs or requests that we can make. Let’s take a moment to reflect on what you have that you can be thankful unto to God for.

Are there things in your family, finances, health, salvation, job, home, friends, schooling, community, nation and church that you can be thankful for?

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: (Psalm 92:1)

Saints, Let Praise and Thanksgiving pour forth from your heart!

Thanks:Benny Hinn Ministries

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