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A Call to THANKS giving

Another Canadian Thanksgiving is upon us. Most of us are looking forward to spending this weekend with our loved ones. We will likely enjoy a wonderful turkey dinner together and spend time talking and sharing over the course of the weekend. We will also enjoy an extra day to play hooky on Monday.  🙂  There are extra groceries to buy, menus to plan and perhaps baking to do.  It’s quite easy to get caught up in all the preparations for the weekend and especially for our Thanksgiving dinner.

This Thanksgiving, why not try and keep God as our focal point. After all, it is His awesome provisions that allow us to celebrate Thanksgiving in the first place. We all have so much to be thankful for. We still live in a country where we are allowed so many freedoms. We can hold differing political opinions, attend church and walk in freedom on the streets without fear of being shot or imprisoned. Let’s not take it for granted.

This Thanksgiving, keep a heart of gratitude while you’re preparing or enjoying. The word of God tells us how important it is to give thanks to God for all things. Most of all, remember the price Christ paid for our freedom. That alone is enough for our hearts to be overflowing with thankfulness.

Both the Old and New Testament are full of verses reminding us of the importance of thanking God  in all and for all circumstances and situations in our lives. Even those times of difficulty and stretching.  Here are a few…

1Chronicles 16:34 NIV 34 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;  His love endures forever.

Psalm 30:12 NIV18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.

Psalm 95:2 NIV 2 Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.

Ephesians 5:20 NIV  20 Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 12:28 NIV 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  

My Thanksgiving hope for us all is that we will never take for granted all that God did for us when He allowed His son to be offered up on the cross, “ But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV

We serve an amazing, loving God that spared no expense in offering us a way back to intimate fellowship with Him through Christ. Don’t leave Him out of your Thanksgiving celebrations.

Happy THANKS giving everyone!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Say NO to fear!

Jesus knew the human heart so well. He knew how often we would base our personal and collective security on our surroundings.  The Apostles fell into it before the day of Pentecost and today we still fall into it. It’s that great big pit called FEAR.  It has the ability to paralyze us in our tracks and stop us moving ahead if we let it.

Gone are the times of economical and political security. Our religious freedoms are being attacked on a daily basis. We watch and can hardly believe our eyes when we see one politician after another make blunders that will dig us into a deeper financial, spiritual or moral hole. The more we become educated about what is going on in the world, the more we have the potential to become overwhelmed by all the poverty, inhumanity and plain hatred around us.

Knowing all this, some choose the route of escape. They no longer watch the news or expose themselves to situations outside their own family bubble. Other’s get angry and take up political arms or soap boxes. How are we to respond to all the chaos going on around us?  The word of God has many words to address that. Despite the cause of fear, the answer is always the same….

Let’s look at a few verses and see…Phillipians 4:6-8 NIV 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV 16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

John 14:27 NIV 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

1 Peter 4:19 NIV 19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

These four beautiful verses alone, offer us the way for a follower of Christ to respond..We are to lay aside our anxiety and instead take all matters to God in prayer, not forgetting to thank Him for the answers. When we lay these things at the feet of Jesus we can rest and stop  fretting, allowing God’s peace to reign! He promises to  provide  peace at ALL times and in EVERY way. It is available to us 24/7, regardless of our circumstances! We just have to rest in it.  We are to replace our fear based thinking with  those things that are right, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy! Finally, though we may come up against obstacles and oppression while we serve God, we are to continue to trust in God’s faithfulness and to keep on truckin’ so to speak!

Don’t allow fear to keep you back from achieving what God has called you and set your apart to do! Despite what is going on around you, trust in the One who laid the foundations of the world and who has created you for a time such as this!

Freedon From Fear

1 John 4:18 NIV

 

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