Giving Thanks to God

I am one of those people who refuses to play Christmas music until after Thanksgiving.  I don’t think of myself as a Scrooge as much as a “Thanksgiving purist”. Thanksgiving holiday reminds me to live out my thanksgiving.   In a society that rushes through Thanksgiving so that they can capitalize on materialistic hearts in Christmas, let’s not forget to thank God.  I can think of few ways of starting a new year, then with a Thanksgiving hangover lingering into 2018.  No, not from alcohol or a carb comma from the stuffing, but the attitude impacted by giving thanks.   In fact, Ephesians 5:20 tells us to “give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  I did a little study in the Bible of the things we are to be thankful for, even when life is difficult.  This is what I found we can give thanks for:

  1. For our share in the inheritance of the saints: Colossians 1:12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. NKJV
  2. God’s Kindness that leads to repentance:  Romans 2:4
  3. Goodness of God and His enduring Love: Psalm 106:1; 107:1-2, 15; 118:1
  4. Receiving Christ in faith: Colossians 2:6-7
  5. Ability to pray: Colossians 4:2
  6. A Future Permanent Home with God in Heaven: Hebrews 13:14-15
  7. God’s workings and miracles in our past: Psalm 105:1-5
  8. All men and leaders: 1 Timothy 2:1-3
  9. Food: 1 Timothy 4:3-4
  10. Gift of Christ: 2 Cor. 9:15
  11. Power and reign of Christ: Revelation 11:17
  12. Working of the word of God in others: 1 Thessalonians 2::13
  13. Deliverance from adversity: Psalms 31:7, 21; 35:9-10; 44:7-8
  14. Deliverance from indwelling sin: Romans 7:23-25.
  15. Our aging Bodies will one day be changed into a glorified body with out age:  1 Corinthians 15:53-57
  16. Victory over death and the grave: 1 Corinthians 15:57
  17. Triumph of the gospel: 2 Corinthians 2:14
  18. Conversion of others: Romans 6:17
  19. Faith and Love exhibited by others: Romans 1:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:3
  20. Nearness of God’s presence: Psalm 75:1
  21. Supply of our bodily wants: Romans 14:6-7; 1 Timothy 4:3-4

What can you add to this list?

Jarrod Scott

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