November 24 – Give Thanks

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20

It is interesting to note that Thanksgiving Day, as we know it, began back in 1621 when the Pilgrims gave thanks to God for His bountiful blessings in the midst of their struggle to settle the New World. . . America. Faced with intolerable hardships, sickness, and death, they still were thankful to God.

In the impoverished nation of Haiti recently, joy was being expressed by believers in a church as they sang these words:

“Give what you have and the Lord will give you more; Give what you have for there’s plenty more in store; If you’ll give what you have, He will open heaven’s door; Give what you have to the Lord!”

Though they seemed to have little in earthly possessions to give, they gave their thanks and praise to God with joyful hearts and were rich in the peace, joy, and comfort of the Lord.

Perhaps it is tribulation that causes the heart to GROW in thanksgiving. Regardless, your expression of thanks to God is an act of GIVING. Will you make a deliberate decision to express your love and thanks to Him this season?

PRAY: “Father, I willingly give You thanks for all You have done and for what You have promised to do in my life.   Let me see Your sovereign hand in all things.  Amen.”

November 23 – Attitude of Gratitude

“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

These Thanksgiving season, exercise an “Attitude of Gratitude” toward God. An “attitude” is more than a single act or action but, rather, an atmosphere or lifestyle. An attitude is continuous.

I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Note that Paul says “in,” not “for” everything. It would seem abnormal to thank God for pain or suffering; but, as a child of God, you must have an attitude of thanks in the midst of every situation.

Philippians 4:6 exhorts you to “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” When you do this, “. . . the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your heart[s] and mind[s] through Christ Jesus.” (Verse 7) Note again: “in” everything.

“Thanksgiving” defined is an act of GIVING. . . being grateful for something or someone else . . . acknowledging the value of another.

You have much for which to be thankful, so express your thanks to God as a continuous sacrifice of praise… an “Attitude of Gratitude” toward God!

PRAY: “Precious and holy Father, I will thank You today IN all things for You have promised me perfect peace when I keep my mind stayed on You. Glory and praise is Yours.”

November 22 – A Vessel of Honor

“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor.” II Timothy 2:20

What kind of vessel are you? Gold and silver or wood and earth?

Before you answer, consider first what God really is looking for. Verse 21 instructs you to be a “sanctified” vessel, holy and useful to God, and “prepared unto every good work.”

The fine china in your cupboards at home probably gets very little use.   It is the everyday dishes that are the most useful.  God seems more interested in your everyday usefulness to Him than in your particular size, shape, or beauty.

In fact, II Corinthians 4:7 says: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

God wants your focus to be on His spiritual Treasure, NOT your earthly vessel. A vessel of honor to God may be broken, cracked, or chipped, but its function and use is honorable to God. Allow your pot to be broken, and focus on God’s eternal living plant that is inside.

PRAY: “Honorable Father, I want my life to be pleasing to You. Guide my steps as I function in Your service .  Prepare me to do Your good works.    I love You, Lord. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.”