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Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1Thessalonians 5:18 ESV)

As we enter into our thanksgiving holiday celebration, I offered up this verse for you to ponder during your moments of celebration with family and friends.  It is a very important verse because it speaks to the heart and soul of who we are as believers.  Some of you will say I am thankful for my many blessings this year, while others will say I have nothing to be thankful for because I am facing shut off notices, eviction notices, mortgages, school loans, car notes and insurance payments are pass due my health is failing me, the children are in need of shoes and clothes, and we don’t even have food to feed our family with this thanksgiving.  The list of our trials and tribulations can be endless.  In your very next breath you ask the question, “So Pastor, tell me, what do I have to be thankful for?”

First of all let us understand that evil things will happen to all believers.  The devil is going to and fro in the earth seeing who he can devour.  When we are facing hard and difficult times, it is the wrong time for us to lose our faith and become like the motions of the oceans, always going back and forth.  It is more important than ever to be thankful for God’s presents in our lives and for the good He can accomplish through the distress that is put upon us at these difficult time.  It is at this very moment that God can use what is happening to strengthen our faith and help us to refocus our minds on the possibilities rather than on the lack we seem to be experiencing.

I know and do understand just how easy it is for us to give thanks when we have all things set before us and seen to be experiencing no difficulties at this very moment.  But it is harder to give thanks when we are facing all sorts of trials.  But the most difficult task is to give thanks no matter what the situation may be.  Even when it makes no sense, and we are unable to see the blessings that lie ahead of us, we must remember to let go and let God, it is His will that we are to be obedient too.   Learning how to give thanks in everything, means that we as believers are trusting God completely, and when we can give thanks so willingly, we have trusted that God is in complete control of all situations in our lives and He is working His will through us and for us.  At this point, there is no need to worry about anything.  Just be thankful for all things.

Finally my friends, I do realize that during our Holiday Celebrations and sometimes depressed and stressful moments, we have a tendency to drink too much wine to soothe the pain that seems to be bringing us down, while others will drink too much wine to celebrate their many victories are just to enjoy the festivities of the moment.  But listen to what the Bible commands us to do, it says, “Don’t drink wine excessively. The drunken path is a reckless path. It leads nowhere. Instead, let God fill you with the Holy Spirit. When you are filled with the Spirit, you are empowered to speak to each other in the soulful words of pious songs, hymns, and spiritual songs; to sing and make music with your hearts attuned to God; and to give thanks to God the Father every day through the name of our Lord Jesus the Anointed for all He has done.”  (Ephesians 5:18-20 THE VOICE)


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  1. I have missed so many Thanksgivings in America.


      My Friend, as time passes the thoughts of what has been and the possibilities of what could be can always bring a smile to our face and joy into our hearts. The most important thing is to always give thanks where ever you may be, and share in the blessings of our Lord with those that are in your present. I hope that at some future date we will be able to meet and share in those blessings together. Continue to be encourage in all that you do.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and thank you for the reminder and the encouragement in your post. God did not promise to keep us from tough times but to be with us during those times. God bless


      My Friend, I certainly do thank you for those spirit filled words of encouragement. May the Lord bless you abundantly during this Thanksgiving Day.

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