John 15:12 Love and Joy Perfected
Galatians 6:2 Bear and Share the Burdens
John 10:22 The Shepherd Knows His Sheep
Esther 9:28-29 The Feast of Purim
Psalm 95:2 A Call to Worship and Obedience
Psalm 100:4 A Song of Praise for the Lord’s Faithfulness to His People
Psalm 107: 1, 8-9 Thanksgiving to the Lord for His Great Works of Deliverance.
Philippians 4:6 Be United, Joyful, and in Prayer
Ephesians 5:20 Walk in Wisdom
What comes to your mind when you think of Thanksgiving?
Do you picture a time of “thankfulness toward God,” or is it merely one of eating, partying, and /or watching football on your new big flat screen?
Brothers and Sisters, sad but true, the latter is what Thanksgiving has become to most people today. We as a people have forgotten why the day was established. It’s meaning has deteriorated, and is now almost completely lost under a cloud of “MEDIA HYPE, SALES PITCHES, MARKETING TACTICS AND A BLITZ COMMERCIALISM,” and oh yeah don’t forget the most famous “BLACK FRIDAY.” where you spend what you don’t really have with Master Card, Visa, and American Express.
What Does it mean to you?
1. To me, everyday is Thanksgiving.
2. Everyday is a blessing because of His Grace and Mercy.
Brothers and Sisters, you and I are to love one another.
John 15:12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
We are to carry each others burden
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ..
Thanksgiving, we must examine God’s Word. God has allowed the recording of certain spiritual accounts.
John 10:22 Jesus Christ being present at a Jewish celebration called the “Feast of Dedication.” This day was yearly anniversary of the Purification of the Temple at Jerusalem. This was not a day of righteous parties or celebrations. It was a national holiday commemorating a respectable and solemn event. This shows that Christ Himself was with Jesus as they gave thanks to God on this special day.
In the Book of Esther, you and I read that through the inspiration of God, Mordecai and Esther established the “Feast of Purim.”
Esther 9:28-29 that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city, that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews, and that the memory of them should not perish among their descendants. (29) Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter about Perium.
King David wrote in Psalm 95: 2 “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
Apostle Paul wrote: Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God.
Walk in Wisdom Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the Old Testament, God’s people were required to sacrifice animals and offer them as burnt offerings to Him. These sacrifices took place in conjunction with repentance for sins, and asking for God’s forgiveness.
Today, God still requires the offering of a certain kind of sacrifice of thanksgiving through our actions and prayers. Recall what Apostle Paul wrote. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Brothers and Sisters before you and family and friends enjoy “Thanksgiving Dinner,” or begin watching a parade, or football game, be sure to take some time to truly thank God in prayer and thought for the national wealth, power and prestige He has given this nation.
Accept Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Have a Blessed Day.