Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Overflowing with Thankfulness!

We think of the month of November as the month of Thanksgiving...and deer hunting! But a thankful heart should always be first. There is a lot of instruction in the Bible about being thankful and offering praise to God. Psalm 50:14, 15 - “Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify Me.”

This verse calls for bringing thank offerings to God and in the process fulfilling the vows made to Him. In Old Testament times the thank offering was the offerings of the first-fruits from the harvest as a thanksgiving to God for His bountiful supply. The people of Israel confirmed their commitment to the covenant and affirmed their confidence in the faithfulness of God by bringing these sacrifices to Him.

We are being called today to offer ourselves unto God as a thank offering. As we enter the sanctuary of worship we should be offering our lives as a thank offering in gratitude for the gift of salvation and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.  Our prayer should be: “Lord, accept my life as a thank offering to you.” Amen.

The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:5-7 that our prayers, petitions, and requests should be made known unto God with thanksgiving. Why do you think the reason for that is?

Some of the unhappiest people are those who really don’t know the meaning of thankfulness. I believe God loves a right attitude and that good things happen to those with a thankful heart. To offer up our petitions with complaining rather than with thanksgiving is almost like we see God as a reluctant vending machine that we have to keep pounding on to get what we paid for. You can rest assured that those complainers not only have many unmet needs, but they also don’t have much peace in their life.

Colossians 3:15 says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace - and be thankful.” God’s peace gives us opportunity to be thankful and being thankful produces the peace of God!

Paul the Apostle gave us the secret to rejoicing and being thankful in all circumstances. He said he had found the secret of being content in every situation, whether he had plenty or was in need. The secret was that he knew God would supply all of his needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:10-19)  He also stated in 1 Thes. 5:16-18 to “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  May our prayer be: “Lord, help me to present my needs to you with thanksgiving and help me to consistently walk with gratitude to You!”