November 27 – Danger of Unthankfulness

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:21 (NIV)

The price of unthankfulness is high! Whenever a man refuses to give glory to God, he enters the fatal delusion of believing that he can live life without God’s help.

Verse 22 says, “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools . . .“ and Verse 25 reads, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator. . . .“ Finally, verse 28 shows that God gave them over to a “reprobate,” or “depraved,” mind, virtually incapable of doing good.

America, in all her splendor, faces the imminent danger of unthankfulness. She takes the blessing of God for granted without humbly thanking and worshipping Him. The delusion of materialism and humanism has people worshipping “created things rather than the Creator” of all things.

You can repent of this sin today by coming into a right relationship with God. As John said, “He must increase, but I must decrease. “(John 3:30) Humble yourself before God today and be thankful.

PRAY: “Gracious Father, I humble myself before Your mighty presence and recognize You as the Creator of all things.   I will worship and serve You alone as my Lord and Savior.  Keep me free of delusions.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

November 26 – A Thankful Heart

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4

A thankful heart is very pleasing to God. I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

In EVERYTHING give thanks! That is not an easy command to live up to in this world of daily disappointment and uncertainty. Yet, look at it from God’s viewpoint. It is His will that you trust Him in ALL THINGS and ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.

Romans 8:28 makes this declaration, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

As your LOVE for God grows, so does your interest in HIS WILL and HIS PURPOSE. Your trust in Him will increase in the same proportion as your willingness to rest in His divine plan for your life. . . even above your own will and desires.

Be thankful to God today, knowing that HE is working in the midst of all your circumstances so that they will work out for your GOOD!

PRAY: “Loving Father, I thank You for caring enough to involve yourself in my every situation Help me to rest in the assurance that You are working everything for my good. In Jesus’ glorious Name, I pray. Amen.”

November 25 – Thanksgiving

“Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”  Psalm 50: 14-15

What is Thanksgiving? A fall harvest festival set aside for celebrating and thanking God for plentiful crops. It was first decreed by Massachusetts Colony Governor Bradford in 1623. On November 25, 1789, President George Washington issued a general proclamation for a day of thanksgiving, but there was no regular Thanksgiving Day until President Lincoln, in 1863, set aside the last Thursday in November as a national holiday to give “praise to our beneficent Father.”

Thank God that we have a nation that still recognizes the value of a national day of thanksgiving. It is one reason why America is blessed of God. Scripture promises specific blessings in return for thanksgiving:

1) Deliverance comes (Psalm 50:14-15)

2) Prayers are answered (Philippians 4:6-7)

3) Opens the door to worship (Psalm 100:4)

4) Offers additional blessings (Luke 17:15-19)

Jonah prayed with “a song of thanksgiving, and was delivered from the belly of a great fish. (See Jonah 2:9a, NIV.) Your deliverance will also come on the wings of thanksgiving. Make it your priority today!

PRAY: “O Lord, You have given me so much. Grant me one thing more. . . a heart of thanksgiving I love You, I bless You, I praise You, I honor You, I give You glory today. In Jesus’ wonderful Name, I pray. Amen.”