Quotes and Notes for the Day
“ In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus Concerning you.” (1st Thessalonians 5:18)
“Enter in to His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him.” (Psalm 100:4)
Thanksgiving a day we give thanks to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which we have been blessed. The annual autumn harvest of the nation greatly dependent on the labors of its farming population, may well have been the catalyst for the Canadian thanksgiving day being given recognition by proclamation nation wide. Surely it is of sufficient importance to set apart at least one day of each year for the purpose of publicly emphasizing our thanksgiving to God for the abundant blessings He has bestowed upon us His creatures.
Now, for believers giving thanks does not end there! They have a good reason to be a thanksgiving people each and every day of their lives. “… giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20) We have the command also in Colossians 4:2, ” Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.”
1.The Believers thanksgiving is associated with their Salvation: The believer is always thankful for his salvation, and grateful for the grace of God bestowed upon him. With great exclamation he will always rejoice and “ be thankful for His unspeakable gift.” for all eternity!! The thing he can not do for himself, nor can anyone do for him. Jesus said to His disciples who returned from their first mission filled with joy that the devils are subjected unto them: He said, “…..Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits re subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20) Yes, the ” rejoicing” here includes thanksgiving of the believer!!
2.The Believers thanksgiving is associated with the sufficiency of the blood, for all their sins: Believers thank God for the provision that is in the blood to cleans them and keep on cleansing them, from the day they put their faith in Christ until that day when they will be with their Lord. The child of God is thankful always, and every day of his life on this earth for the promise that, “ if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1st John 1:9)
3.The Believers thanksgiving is associated with their Sanctification: In exhorting the believers of the church of the Colossians the Apostle Paul wrote, ” As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord so walk in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Yes, believers are thankful as they follow in the footsteps of their Saviour, according to the will of God the Father, and not according to the abominable traditions and philosophies of this old world.
4.For the believer thanksgiving is associated with service: Believers are always thankful for the opportunity and privilege given to them to serve Jesus Christ, their Lord and master. The Apostle Paul writing to his son in the Lord, and co-worker Timothy penned these words, ” I thank my God whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience………. in my prayers night and day.”
5.The Believers thanksgiving is associated with giving: He knows well that his life is no more his own , but belongs to the Lord who purchased him with the blood of the Cross. He takes to heart the exhortation of our Lord where He said, “….. it is more blessed to give than to receive.” The believer gives his time, talent and his wealth!!
6.The Believers thanksgiving is associated with Sacrifice:” The giving of the believer involves a sacrificial one! Which starts with the sacrificial giving of himself to the Lord: “ I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God you present (give) your bodies a living sacrifice …….. reasonable service.” The Psalmist also exhorts saints to , “.. let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and declare his works with rejoicing.”
Happy Thanksgiving To All Our Canadian friends!!!
May you have a Blessed day with All Your Family, Friends, and Loved ones!!
From the Peoples Gospel Hour Staff
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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.