I so love November……..it’s a full month to focus on all of GOD’S blessings in my life.
If you focus on what you do have, rather than what you don’t, you will see that your life really is full of abundant GOD given gifts.
Our lives, no matter how short or long, were meant to live worshiping and thanking the GOD of the universe who sent HIS one and only SON to die for our sins. Thanksgiving and all that it is, prepares our hearts for the month of December and Christmas.
Honestly folks, we live in the greatest country on earth, in spite of what the media will tell you…….one nation, under GOD, period. We have been so blessed by HIM and our turning away from HIM and towards meaningless “stuff” I am sure grieves the Holy Spirit right now. It should grieve all of us who believe and we should pray our nation wakes up.
I challenge you each day for the rest of this month to list 5 things you are thankful for, with each day listing something different. By the end of the month, you will see quite clearly what you really do have!
When we are touched by the Spirit we will view our sphere of influence quite differently……..we will have a grateful heart, mind and soul. Being thankful is a way of life, it’s a way to live in abundance. You will realize that without GOD overshadowing you with all of HIS love and grace, that your life would be empty……..meaningless.
What are you thankful to GOD for this year? What has HE done within you that you are grateful for…….ponder that for a moment. HE prunes us and works on us daily so that we will be mature in CHRIST. Try to be authentic with HIM and your thanksgiving will turn into joy. A joyful heart is a thankful heart!
PSALM 69: 30 “I WILL PRAISE THE NAME OF GOD WITH A SONG; I WILL MAGNIFY HIM WITH THANKSGIVING.”
Our soul gaze will change our mindset that no matter what we do have, it is only temporary and we need to turn our gaze towards Heaven because all good things are there! GOD’S elect is moving forward towards that prize. Let us forget what lies behind us and strain towards what lies ahead…….
PHILIPPIANS 3: 14 “I PRESS ON TOWARD THE GOAL FOR THE PRIZE OF THE UPWARD CALL OF GOD IN JESUS CHRIST.”
There are things on this earth that are unattainable that will only be attained and fulfilled in Heaven. We strive to be like CHRIST here on earth, but it is nothing like what will be complete in us in Heaven. Being thankful keeps our gaze on CHRIST now and for the future. Let your gaze be vertical rather than horizontal.
I don’t know what your plans are for Thanksgiving, but don’t just be thankful on that one day of the year…….make it a way of life.
Be intentional, be thankful and be blessed my friends! In all things, in every way and every day give GOD thanks who is the giver of all good gifts.
PSALM 30:4 “SING PRAISES TO THE LORD, O YOU HIS SAINTS, AND GIVE THANKS TO HIS HOLY NAME.”