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Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I hope you will each have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Have you ever wondered how important a thankful heart is?
Grace to you.
Ekklesia,
Psalms 100:4-5 tells us, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and
into his courts
with praise: be thankful unto him,
and
bless his name. For the LORD
is
good; his
is
everlasting; and his truth
endureth
to all generations." We enter into the
gates of heaven with thanksgiving and into His very courts, where the throne room of heaven is, with praise.
What if we are not thankful? Romans 1:21 warns us, "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified
him
not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their
imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." We are warned that not thanking Him (being ungrateful) is the second step one takes in walking away from God (failing to glorify Him being the first step). As a result of this, imaginations become vain, and hearts become darkened.
What should we be thankful for? 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us, "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." We are able to give thanks in every thing because ". . . we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to
his
purpose"
(Romans 8:28).
In 1996 when my workplace was laying many workers off, I reminded myself of this verse: "But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for
it is
he that giveth thee
power to get wealth . . ." (Deuteronomy 8:18). 1 Timothy 6:8 tells us, "And having food and raiment let us therewith be content.
Thank you, Lord, for giving us the power to get wealth. Thank you for chastening us in love. Thank you for food and raiment. Thank you for wisdom to go through trials. Thank you for family and friends. Thank you for the Bible. Thank you for giving us Jesus. Thank you . . . .
mercy