Throughout the United States this month, Thanksgiving is observed. Typically, family and friends gather and turkey dinners abound. Football games blare as we fellowship and gain a few pounds. But most of all, Thanksgiving should be a day when we give thanks to the Lord!
We can thank God for the great things He has done for us. He delivered us from the power of darkness (Col. 1:13), redeemed us from the curse of the law (Gal. 3:13), and gave us access to the throne of grace (Heb. 4:16). Because of what Jesus did at Calvary, we can enjoy all the benefits of God!
One of the most powerful things you can do is thank someone for what you have received from them. Another powerful thing you can do is give thanks for what you’re going to receive. That’s what faith is! Thanking the Lord for promises that have not yet manifested in your life is an excellent way to demonstrate your trust in Him.
When pain racks your body, begin to thank God that by Jesus’ wounds you were healed (1 Peter 2:24). When your pockets are empty, thank Him that He meets all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). You’re not giving thanks for the problem—you’re giving thanks in spite of the problem. But you can’t thank Him for long without saying, “Father, it’s great to be alive!”
Giving thanks creates power in your life that enables you to overcome any problem. Let’s take every opportunity to shout to the Lord with a grateful heart. And this Thanksgiving, remember to thank Him!
From our family to yours, have a blessed Thanksgiving—both in the U.S. and Canada (October 8).
November is also a time when we honor the men and women who have bravely served in the armed forces. If you see someone on active military duty or know a military veteran, let them know how thankful you are for their service to our nation.
VETERANS: Thank you for your service to this country. We know it is because of you that we have our freedom. God bless you.
Kenneth W. Hagin
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