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Sunday, December 1, 2013


This year Americans celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28. Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It became an official Federal holiday in 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26.  Thanksgiving for most Americans involves giving thanks, prayer, and spending time with family.  
As God’s people, shouldn’t we be thankful to our Heavenly Father every day of the year? Why do we take for granted the favor God has bestowed on us? Are we even aware of our blessings or do we focus solely on our lack of resources and uncomfortable situations? Let’s turn our hearts toward the God of heaven, the One who created us all, and express our gratitude. Let remembrances of His blessings cause you to be thankful every day throughout the year! Raise up your thanksgivings and praise Him with His own words from Scripture!
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
The world also is firmly established,
It shall not be moved.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
And let them say among the nations,
"The Lord reigns." . . .
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever. . . .
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel
From everlasting to everlasting!
1 Chronicles 16:30-31, 34, 36 (NKJV)

Use the acrostic below to give Him praise!
T - Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:13 (NIV)

H - I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. Ecclesiastes 3:12 (NIV)
A - Take me away with you—let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine. How right they are to adore you! Song of Songs 1:4 (NIV)
N - Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. Psalm 149:1 (NIV)
K - Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
S - “The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:2 (NIV)
G - Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp. Psalm 147:7 (NIV)
I - May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. Genesis 28:3 (NIV)
V - Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Psalm 20:6 (NIV)
I - May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you. Psalm 25:21 (NIV)
N - May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this. 2 Samuel 2:6 (NIV)
G - But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Psalm 5:11 (NIV)

Here is the Thanksgiving acrostic again with the bolded words (from above) that I think embody an attitude of gratitude. Meditate on these words and His words from Scripture, instilling within your soul a grateful heart full of His peace. 

T - thanks
H - happy
A - adore
N - new
K - kindness
S - salvation
G - grateful
I - increase
V - victory
I - integrity
N - now
G - glad

He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:9-11 (NKJV)

I thank my God always for you because of God’s love and kindness given to you through the Messiah Yeshua, in that you have been enriched by him in so many ways, particularly in power of speech and depth of knowledge. 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 (CJB)

We praise You, Jesus, for your blessings to us!

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