Like all normal human beings we begin complaining, sometimes begging God, but really do we use such times to thank God for what he has done.
Have you thought about the air you breathe, that you have not paid a single penny to breath.
Have you imagined the roads on which you travel every day and there are numerous accidents yet God has kept you alive up to today.
Have you thought about the fact that despite of the tough economic challenges you are eating, you have a shelter and when you look at your income it is a lot less than your expenditure, it means that God is your provision.
When you start looking at all that, before we ask God for all of our current needs, it requires us to stop and say thank you Lord.
THE ORIGIN OF THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS
The Thanksgiving celebration has its origin, from the Jewish feast of Tabernacles or Booth. It celebrated the first gathering of the fruit and grain harvests and also God’s provision for his people during their wilderness journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. This was to be a reminder of the Lord’s care and protection (cf. Ps. 27:5) during their wilderness wanderings (vv. 32–43) and his promise to protect them in the future, especially concerning their harvests (Deut. 16:15)
Today as Christians we need to do what the Israelites did.
I feel that we should celebrate:
HOW DO WE THANK GOD?
1. We thank God by giving praises and worship to Him.
• Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (NIV)
• Psalm 145:7 They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. (NIV)
2. We should thank God by giving testimonies so that people may know
· Revelation 12:11, “11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. ”
3. By giving thanksgiving offerings to God’s house.
· Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
· A thankful heart is a heart that protects us from stress and depression.
So my friends I want to encourage you to thank God for who He is and for what He has done and for what He is about to do in our lives.
He deserves it, so let us give it to Him.
Happy thanks giving to our friends in America and Happy thanks giving to every one of you God’s children.