It is easy to get caught up with life that we forget to give thanks to the Lord. Often when we come into God’s presence, we focus on our needs. “Lord, I have this problem,” or “Lord, I really need some help.” However, the scriptures encourage us to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise (Ps. 100:4). No matter what happens around us, we should purpose to thank and praise God for everything He has done for us.
We need to learn how to let thanksgiving roll from our lips. Unfortunately, some people habitually gripe and complain about this, that, and the other. But if we look around, we have much to be thankful for. We may not have everything we need or want, but we can thank God for what we do have. And based on the Word, we can thank Him by faith for blessings to come. If our Heavenly Father moved on our behalf before, He will not forsake us now. Let us remember to thank the Lord for His goodness—not only during the Thanksgiving holiday but throughout the year as well.
At this time, we also honor the men and women who have bravely served in the U.S. Armed Forces. I am proud to have been in the army. I am thankful for our veterans and the sacrifices they have made to protect our country and guarantee the freedoms we have. Our nation remains free because thousands of men and women battled courageously in many wars throughout its history. If you see someone on active military duty or know a veteran, let them know how grateful you are for their service to our nation.
From our family to yours, have a blessed Thanksgiving—both in the U.S. and Canada (October 14).
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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