Thanksgiving #1 Thanksgiving Thieves
Thanksgiving #1 Thanksgiving Thieves
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Have you ever been in that awkward situation where around the Thanksgiving table you’re asked what are you thankful for and you’re really hard-pressed to say something meaningful? You come up with something obligatory that sounds good and will be generally accepted by all. In Oregon, you may have said “yoga.” In Michigan, you may have said “electricity.” Idaho, Colorado, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia you most likely would find people thankful for something spiritual: forgiveness, mercy, salvation, God’s love, and God’s word. What’s on your top ten list? Do you have ten things that you are truly thankful for?
There are Thanksgiving thieves. There are thoughts about events that will take Thanksgiving right out of your heart. We’re going to shine a light on them and then see what we can do to overcome them. We can be truly thankful.
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit's fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.
(Karen Jensen Salisbury)
Psalms 103:2-5 (MSG)
O my soul, bless God, don't forget a single blessing! He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one. He redeems you from hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you're always young in his presence.
Romans 12:3 (NIV) & Hebrews 12:28-29 (MSG)
“Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment…”
Do you see what we've got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. 29 He's actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won't quit until it's all cleansed.
Mark 9:33-35 & John 13:16-17 (MSG)
"What were you discussing on the road?" The silence was deafening—they had been arguing with one another over who among them was greatest. He sat down and summoned the Twelve. "So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all." “I'm only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn't give orders to the employer. If you understand what I'm telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life.
Isaiah 38:17-19 (MSG)
It seems it was good for me to go through all those troubles. Throughout them all you held tight to my lifeline. You never let me tumble over the edge into nothing. But my sins you let go of, threw them over your shoulder—good riddance! The dead don't thank you, and choirs don't sing praises from the morgue. Those buried six feet under don't witness to your faithful ways. It's the living—live men, live women—who thank you, just as I'm doing right now.
Psalms 32:5 & 1 John 1:9 (MSG)
"I'll make a clean breast of my failures to God." Suddenly the pressure was gone—my guilt dissolved, my sin disappeared. “…if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won't let us down; he'll be true to himself. He'll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
(Norman Vincent Peale)
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
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“…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”
I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.