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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ANOTHER REASON

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NKJV)

Holidays have been around before we were born. Whether we celebrate them or not, they do exist. Many of us even profess that our birthday is a national holiday...(smile)! Six days ago, many celebrated the Thanksgiving Holiday, a day that has been traditionally set aside to give thanks to God. Many anticipate frying a turkey, baking pies, decorating the table, and bringing out the best china. This time of year brings in family, lots of food, and wholesome fellowship. But shouldn’t everyday be like this? Shouldn’t we cultivate an attitude of gratitude always? How did you feel the morning after thanksgiving? Were you still leaping with joy, thanks, and praise? Do you still have the same thankful spirit today, six mornings after?

We’re not saying, don’t participate in holidays, just don’t let thanksgiving day be the only time God receives thanks, or your family knows how much you love them, or those with great need see you reaching out. Let’s not become commercialized during the holidays, rather let’s develop a lifestyle of thanks as found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. This verse encourages us to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in everything! Giving thanks in everything is not just for the good things. When we are down in our lowest valleys: Rejoice, Pray and Give Thanks! When we are on our mountaintops: Rejoice, Pray and Give Thanks!

We have so much to be thankful for. It’s not about what we possess materially, but how our attitude is spiritually. It’s easy to see the good in God when everything is working in our favor, but sometimes we may find it difficult to see Him during our struggles. Sisters, He is always there (Joshua 1:5), so let’s cultivate an attitude of gratitude EVERY day.

If you need a reason to be thankful just go back to the greatest story ever told, the greatest life ever lived, and the greatest example ever left, Jesus. John 3:16 lays out so clearly the love God has for us. He loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son. We read in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 that Jesus was willing to be crucified for us, He was willing to be buried for us, and He was willing to rise again the third day according to the scriptures for us; AND HE ACCOMPLISHED IT!

Jesus Christ was obedient to His Father…what a reason to be thankful!
Jesus Christ DID NOT turn his back on us…what a reason to be thankful!
Because of Jesus Christ you can be saved (today)…what a reason to be thankful!

You were included in God’s plan of salvation from the very beginning! IF you have not been saved let’s talk; if you have been saved, let’s SWAP our stories of salvation! When you are in Christ, you can truly appreciate days like Thanksgiving, because Jesus’ sacrifice is what makes us most thankful. Holidays will come and go, but each day is given as a reminder to be grateful for Jesus Christ and God’s plan to save us...Have you been obedient to the plan?


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2 comments

  1. Wonderful message. Thank you for reminding me. The day after Thanksgiving I was dreading the clean up from all the food cooked and I instantly began complaining again. This lesson popped me back into reality and reminded me of my selfishness. I thank God for loving me through it all. I don't want to take our relationship for granted. It does not always come easy but I will continue to strive to be a more thankful person from this day forward. Please pray that I remain focused on God. Thank you SWAP. I'd love to meet you one day. If you are ever speaking in the Washington, DC area, please post and let us know.

    Sincerely,

    Mary Ethel

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  2. Thank you Mary Ethel for those beautiful, kind, and yet honest words. We are so thankful that God's word is quick and powerful as it says in Hebrews 4:12, and that it ****s our hearts at just the right time. God knows exactly what He is doing, in growing us to be better servants of His and we're so thankful that He loves us regardless. Mary, we will be praying for your relationship with the Lord to continue to grow.

    Also, we will surely make sure we update when we are in the D.C. area...we love meeting fellow SWAPs!

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