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    A Thought for the Week--Let Us Give Thanks

    November 19, 2007

"Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!" (Psalm 136:1 NKJ)

The season of Thanksgiving is upon us. We will be celebrating a day, set aside by our nation, to give thanks to God for all He has done for us as a nation. Our forefathers set aside a day for this purpose. They had come through times of extreme difficulty in coming to this land and in setting up a colony here. Many had died, and many were sick, yet they set aside a day to thank God.

It is good to take time to give thanks to God! David knew this. He said, "It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your loving-kindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night" (Psalm 92:1-2 NKJ). Many difficulties attended the lives of the forefathers of this nation. Many difficulties attended Davidís life. Some of his difficulties came because of his sin. Some of them came because of enemies that wanted to destroy him and the nation of Israel. Some of the difficulties came because of the difficult environment he had to live in.

We too, like our forefathers and like David, can be living in difficult situations. Jesus also lived in extremely difficult situations. The people He came to help did not understand Him. Many rejected Him, even wanting Him to be put to death. After the Passover meal, on the way to Gethsemane, with a sorrowful soul and knowing that His disciples would forsake Him, He took time to sing a hymn. He knew that God was good, and He was thankful and worshipful even on the way to the cross.

Following the verses quoted above, David says, "For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands" (Psalm 92:4NKJ). He remembered what God had done for him and for his people. David knew that he would triumph in all things by receiving grace, mercy, wisdom, and empowerment from God to deal with the difficulties before him. He had faith to believe that God would continue to work in and through him to give him victory as he dealt with and overcame the plans and activities of his enemies. Jesus too knew God would deliver Him when He went to the cross. He knew He would have to pray earnestly and would have to agonize for all the grace He would need in order to be victorious. He also knew all that God would do for Him and for His people through all He would endure.

We can be thankful for our forefathers who endured so that we can live in this God- blessed land. We can be thankful too for men like David who received grace from God to endure. And we can be thankful for all Jesus has done, is doing, and will do for us. Let us give thanks!

Father, we thank You that You have given us hearts of gratitude. We thank You that You have given us faithful men and women who have gone before us with thankful hearts amidst times of great trials and difficulties. Thank You for giving Your Son, and for letting us receive His heart of gratitude. We give thanks to You in this Thanksgiving season. Amen.

 

    A Thought for the Week--Let Us Give Thanks

November 20, 2007

"Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!" (Psalm 136:1 NKJ)

It is good to give thanks to the LORD. This is the testimony and the desire of David, who spent much time giving thanks to the LORD. He spoke and vowed to himself that he would worship and thank God regularly. He said, "Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits" (Psalm 103:1-2 NKJ). Many "voices" speak to us, telling us what to do or not to do. The world tells us to keep busy pursuing the pleasures of life. People under the spirit of pride tell us to try harder or to use our will power to overcome lifeís problems. WE NEED SOMEONE TO REGULARLY TELL US TO PRAISE GOD, AND TO REMIND US THAT HE IS HOLY AND CAN IMPART HIS LIFE AND WISDOM INTO US, ENABLING US TO ACCOMPLISH ALL WE NEED TO DO. We need to set our minds on things above, where God is exalted and worshipped. We need to speak to ourselves to "Bless the LORD," as David did.

We need to tell others of our will to praise God and to give thanks to Him. David said, "I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High" (Psalm 9:1-2 NKJ). People will see the way God has blessed us. Many will think that it was by our own strength or wisdom we were able to do these things or to be blessed. We need to continually let people know that it is only by the grace of God that we are empowered and given wisdom to do great things. We need to praise God and to tell others that it is God in us enabling us to do things that are good and wise. Jesus told us to let our light shine in a way that brings glory to God, lest others look at us and give us glory and we become prideful and cut ourselves off from dependency on God.

We need to encourage others to come to know that God wants to bless them and to do good for them. We need to help others to see Godís hand in their own lives and to encourage them to surrender themselves to God so that He can give them the desire to know Him and to receive His life and nature. We need to testify of Godís desire to live in them so that they can live for Him. This is why David is saying, "Oh give thanks unto the LORD for He is good." David is speaking to others, encouraging them to give thanks to God; then they too will know that He is good. God is good! He is only good. He can only do good, because He is good. Let us thank Him and encourage others to thank Him for His goodness. Then we all can partake of His goodness and do good.

Father, we confess that You are good. Help us to declare to ourselves and others the truth that You are good. We give thanks to You in this season and declare to ourselves and others that You are good. Amen.

 

    A Thought for the Week--Let Us Give Thanks

November 21, 2007

"Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!" (Psalm 136:1 NKJ)

It is good to give thanks unto the LORD. This is the testimony and lifestyle of David, and his desire for all who would hear him. David knew God--His nature, His character, His desires and His plans and purposes. Knowing God is what our purpose in life is all about. Many know about God--they know what He has done--but they do not know God. They do not know His character and nature. They do not know His purposes and live in His presence.

There is a heaven far above the heavens that we see. There is a throne in the heaven of heavens, where God dwells. There are three levels of heaven, according to the Bible. Paul was brought into the third heaven, where Godís throne is. The angels who live in the third heaven have continual access to Godís throne. They unceasingly cry out, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts!" They know and worship God.

Jesus in His humanity knew God; He had come to earth from the third heaven. He lived in and continually did what He saw His Father doing. He came to reveal Godís ways and nature to us, and to provide us with the ability to live in the life that He brought into humanity. Now we can be filled with the Spirit of God, as Jesus was. We can become united with the nature of God, desiring to serve Him and to participate with Him as He brings all things under the rulership of Christ by destroying the ways of the devil.

God is good. He has provided us with a way of knowing Him and living for Him. This is the way it is done in heaven, and now we can pray for and experience the heavenly ways and life on this earth. Jesus taught us to pray for the kingdom of heaven to come upon the earth. He lived in that heavenly kingdom and will, as He walked on this earth. He was made weak like we are. He acknowledged His weakness and continually sought power and strength from the Holy Spirit of God.

We too are weak. We need spiritual power and insight in order to live in this earth. Many draw this power from the spirits that live in the second heaven. They then can do more than "normal" human beings. But we as Godís children can draw life and power from the God of gods, whose power and wisdom is exceedingly above that of the spiritual beings and forces that rule the darkness of this world from the second heaven.

God is showing us in these dark days our need for His supernatural power and wisdom to be able to overcome the fears, pressures and immorality that is rising on this earth. He is showing us our need of Him. He is providing more understanding and wisdom as to how to live in His presence and in His Spirit. God has much more available for us in these days, and He is leading us to know our need and showing us how to receive these things. God is go-o-o-o-o-o-o-d! Let us give thanks!

Father, we rejoice in You. We confess our need to draw life and power from You. Thank You for showing us our need and Your ability to impart Your life and power to us through Jesus. Amen.

 

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