We thank God for making us see the 5th Thanksgiving Sunday in the year 2016. I Thessalonians 5:18 admonishes us to “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. Apostle Paul’s main subject here is giving thanks, always, continually and in all circumstances. Paul is talking about a continual attitude for Christians – an attitude of the heart. Giving thanks is God’s will for our lives and it pleases the Lord when we give thanks to Him. God smiles when we praise and thank Him continually. We all feel good when we receive heartfelt praise and appreciation from someone else and God loves it too. A positive and thankful person is a great witness in this dark world and we only shine when we are thankful and our light shines for the Lord when we are thankful, when we live it and express it!
Beloved children of God, instead of looking at the negatives in our lives and complaining, we must look at and for the positives and give thanks. We have it so good and enjoy so much in this part of the world and we often express it so little. Ephesians 5:19-20 tell Christians to “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we sometimes might have been going through some difficult times or have prayed but the problems have refused to vanish or even got worse, then try “thanksgiving”. The story of Paul and Silas in jail should be a BIG lesson for us all. Despite the dismal situation they were, haven been bitten, stripped and put in the innermost cells in jail, they praised God, praying and singing. It is not easy to give thanks in every circumstance, but when we choose to thank God in the midst of difficulty, it defeats the forces of darkness in the spiritual realm. When we thank God for every gift He has given us even when things are hard, the enemy loses the battle against us. He is stopped in his tracks when we come to God with a thankful heart. No matter what circumstances we might find ourselves, we should praise God. The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing. Few sins are as ugly to God as the sin of complaining and there seems to be very little thankfulness or gratitude today among God’s people but a whole lot of complaining. May God destroy the complaining spirit in us all.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING SUNDAY!