2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. (Psalm 100)
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the USA. It is a day set aside by President Abraham Lincoln when he declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day was made an official national holiday in 1941.
BUT, we are to give thanks ALWAYS: Not just on Thanksgiving Day. The Bible says; “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1Thessalonians 5:18). God wants us to give Him thanks for everything: The good, the bad, and the ugly; knowing that He is in control of our lives.
All day (every day) we are to give thanks: From the time we get up to when we go to bed; and all points in between. This includes when you:
- Get up (grateful that you had a place to sleep last night and that you slept)
- Take a shower (warm water, soap…something to not always take for granted)
- Get dressed (Wow, look at the amount of clothes in the closet to choose from!)
- Eat (So many have nothing to eat all day)
- Drive to work (the car works and has gas in the tank; the bus came on time)
- At work (Yeah, you still have a job!)
- Drive home (the car still works and has gas in the tank; the bus came on time)
- Eat (So many have nothing to eat all day and here you are eating again!)
- Bedtime (tiredness after a long day is a gift)
- Other activities (what else can you thank God for… what else comes to mind?)
Thank God for His indescribable gift of salvation available to each one of us through Jesus Christ!
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If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the millions who won't survive the week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 20 million people around the world.
If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world.
If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.
If your parents are still married and alive, you are very rare, especially in the United States.
If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer God's healing touch.
If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read anything at all.
You are so blessed in ways you may never even known.