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Posted on 11/16/2001 1:25:03 PM PST by RnMomof7
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May you all be blessed with this devotional. Happy Thanksgiving!
It is true as well that thanklessness is at the root of all sins we commit. May this be one of the most thankful of Thanksgiving and may all who call it "Turkey Day" get the bad end of the wishbone! :-)
They can never take Him away from us..........and that makes the Evil One furious.
And it's the more powerful because you posted it. Testament to your faith in God.
My dear friend and her family buried their delightful 2- 1/2 yr. old son in a drowning incident in their backyard 14 yrs. ago. Their faith in our Lord waned over the time after. Since then our precious Lord has saved me and my family I am sending it on to them with a prayer that their hearts are healed and their relationship with our Lord Jesus is rekindled and burns brighter than ever.
To God be the glory!
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:13,14
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.I take it that all Christians would do the same as I. God will bring comfort, through hope, to all who have suffered - and that by the way includes suffering for children born with birth defects
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him...........Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Note a couple of things about the nature of thanksgiving in this verse:
1) It is called the "sacrifice of praise". As King David said, "...neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing." (2 Sam 24:24) Any meaningful sacrifice always has a price attached.
2) It is to be offered "continually", even when we don't feel like it! (Part of that "I won't sacrifice that which doesn't cost me" concept again.)
3) It is accomplished "by Him". It is only in, through, and by the power of Jesus Christ are we able to comply with the requirements of this verse.
4) Just as it is only possible to offer this sacrifice "by Him", we also see that the thanksgiving is to be given "to His name". This is not a general giving of thanks to no particular target, but a thanksgiving that knows why it is thankful.
While many deride the doctrines of sovereignty, claiming that they make God cruel and heartless, they provide, in the most difficult times of doubt and pain, the greatest and surest comfort. To know that underneath us are the everlasting arms of a heavenly father is the foundation of real thanksgiving.
The Heidelberg Catechism 28 says,
Q: What does it profit to know that God has created, and by His providence still upholds all things?
A: That we may be patient in adversity, thankful in prosperity and with a view to the future may have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that no creature shall separate us from His love, since all creatures are so in His hand that without His will they cannot so much as move. God Bless.
Your post touched my heart.Thank you and I will pray for your friend.
I was really enjoying this meditation ,and thinking about sharing it for a Thanksgiving "prayer" here on FR.. then when I got to the end and the example he gave it .I was reminded of the words from the Book of Esther "for just such a time"...I forwarded it to my daughter in law with a note telling her that I loved her..
So we will pray for God to touch two hearts with His healing balm.
That gets a very big smile and Amen.
I was recently in a discussion on another forum on "mega churches" .One in particular has NO praise time on Sundays..as they want to appeal to the unsaved.. The pastor defending the practice said "the unsaved don't like the worship" he went on to say the "can not worship anyway"
I asked him what right they had to rob God of His worship ,just because the heathans don't like it??
But it did start me thinking of the nature of Praise and thanksgiving and worship Jerry. I had noticed that the unsaved didn't like the worship...but I had never considered that they not only refuse to give God the worship and thanksgiving He deserves and demands..but they are not able to worship. He gives us the ability to thank Him.He gives us the ability to praise Him..we are only returning to Him what is already His..all Praise,all glory and all thanksgiving !
You post was a confirmation of a new realization to me.....
Thank God for His everlasting, living Word.
As someone who has experienced much in the course of my life, including a Mom who was too sick to raise me (I didn't meet her until I was a teen), the deaths of of 3 of my children (one during pregnancy, a son at one day old, and a daughter at 7 months), and a wife of twenty years who suddenly walked out on me, I can tell you that without the Lord, and His Book, I would have laid down and died long ago...
As it is, though, I have Hope.
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