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THANKSGIVING: CONFESSION AND CONVICTION

Thanksgiving:  A time for CONFESSION and CONVICTION

When I think of the many blessings of God in my life, I must CONFESS two things: (1) I am thankful for all the good things God has sent my way.  And (2) I’m thankful for all the things He wisely withheld from me.  Though I may not have all the things I would like to have, neither have I had to face all the things I would not want to face.

When you count your blessings, be sure to thank God for all the things you have missed as well as the blessings you have received.
I am also CONVICTED.  When I consider all God has done for me, I am convicted how little I have done for Him!  And what little I do for Him, I only do by the grace He has given me (1 Pet. 4:11). Every good thing in my life I owe to Him.  I have nothing to glory in.  Freely I have received—So I should also freely give (Mt. 10:8). As David prayed, “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee” (1 Chron. 29:14).

Anyone who is truly thankful should (1) CONFESS he is not worthy of the least of God’s benefits (Gen. 32:10) and (2) be CONVICTED at how little he actually thanked the One who made it all possible.
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say “thank you?

Ten Stringed Praise

Upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee. —Psalm 144:9

An elderly gentleman at a midweek meeting offered this prayer: “O Lord, we will praise Thee; we will praise Thee with an instrument of ten strings!”

People wondered what he meant, but understood when he continued, “We will praise Thee with our two eyes by looking only unto Thee. We will exalt Thee with our two ears by listening only to Thy voice. We will extol Thee with our two hands by working in Thy service. We will honor Thee with our own two feet by walking in the way of Thy statutes. We will magnify Thee with our tongue by bearing testimony to Thy loving kindness. We will worship Thee with our heart by loving only Thee. We thank Thee for this instrument, Lord; keep it in tune. Play upon it as Thou wilt and ring out the melodies of Thy grace! May its harmonies always express Thy glory!”

Take a few moments to praise God today for His manifold blessings in your life!

Count Your Blessings!

“Giving thanks ALWAYS for ALL THINGS unto God…” —Ephesians 5:20

My mother was a British citizen living in Worester, England during World War 2.  I remember her telling me about Hitler’s bombing campaign upon English cities.  Many families sent their children to live with friends or relatives in the country in hopes that they would be safe. Those who remained behind sought cover in bomb shelters.  Winston Churchill designated my mother’s hometown of Worester to be the seat of an evacuated government in case of mass German invasion.

During the war an English church newspaper published the story of a man and his wife who returned from a night in a bomb shelter to find their home destroyed. The man said, “This morning someone told me that we had lost everything. Its a lie. Thank God, I’ve still got health and strength to carry on with my job. I still have you, my dear, and the children. Thank God, you’re all safe. Hitler hasn’t smashed my faith in the love and wisdom of God. Houses and buildings may be wrecked and ruined, but you and I can still hold on to things which can never be shaken or destroyed.”

“In EVERY THING GIVE THANKS; for this is the will of God” (1 Thess. 5:18).  I believe we can all be thankful for the Lord’s blessings in our lives.

Thankful for the Simple Things

…and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks…” —Mark 8:6

When the Lord blesses you with something amazing or unexpected, you are usually quick to offer Him thanks.  However, in the common, humdrum things of everyday life, we often don’t give them a second thought and fail to thank God for the simple blessings.

Look at what Jesus gave thanks for… some loaves of bread… a few small fishes (John 6:11)… child-like faith (Mt. 11:25)… the reality that God hears our prayers (John 11:41-42).

John Henry Jowett (1863-1923) wrote:

 “Look at some of the daily commonplaces—health, sleep, bread and butter, work, friendship, a few flowers by the wayside, the laughter of children, the ministry of song, the bright day, the cool night—if I do not perceive God in these things I have a very unhallowed and insignificant road. On the other hand, the man who discovers the Divine in a loaf of bread, and lifts his song of praise, has a wonderful world, for divinity will call to him on every side.”

    Lord told Peter, “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.” (Acts 10:15). Amen! If Lord provides it, it is clean.  God doesn’t provide unclean things.  Anything from a loaf of bread to a cup of water is far from common when God has given it! Never take the simple blessings of God for granted.

When you thank God for the “ordinary,” He makes it to become extraordinary!

RETURNING THANKS

“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, TURNED BACK… and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks… There are not found that RETURNED to give glory to God, save this stranger” —Luke 17:18

The phrase “return thanks” is based on the Bible account of Jesus healing the ten lepers and one one came back to “return thanks” to Jesus (Luke 17:12-18). Ingratitude is one of the most grievous sins a person can commit.

While we certainly need to return thanks to God who “daily loadeth us with benefits” (Ps. 68:19), we must not neglect to be thankful for our family and friends who have been a blessing to us through life.

Nine times Paul writes in his epistles, “I thank my God,” or “I thank Christ Jesus…” (Rom. 1:8; 7:25; 1 Cor. 1:4, 14; 14:18; Phil. 1:3; 1 Tim. 1:12; 2 Tim. 1:3; Philemon 1:4).  If you look at the context of Paul’s thankfulness, you will see most are expressions of gratitude for what others have done for him.

Eleanor MacKerron, was a popular pianist at the New Hampshire’s Rumney Bible Conference.  In the mid 1960’s she underwent surgery on her brain to relieve pressure caused by a decompressed bone in her skull.

Several years later a lady approached her after she played at the Bible Conference.  She told MacKerron, “I have your skull bone!”  She proceeded to tell her how she had been hit on the head by a beam at a submarine base in Connecticut.  Facing a brain operation at New England Baptist Hospital, she needed a bone. Doctors found the exact size from their bone bank.  After recovering from the surgery she asked the doctors whose bone it was. They told her, “Eleanor MacKerron.”

There at that Bible Conference she told Eleanor, “I vowed that I would find you to tell you thank you.” Eleanor then reached out and felt her bone in the lady’s head.

Thanksgiving is a time of “returning thanks.” British author James Allen said, “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”

Is there someone you need to “return thanks” for what they mean in your life?