Thankful Thursday

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Greetings Dear Sisters and Happy New Year! This is a time of year when many of us recall the old and resolve for the new. Melanie and Shanita have blessed us with an opportunity to meditate on the sweet Spirit of Thankfulness.

Lord willing, throughout the month of January, we can spend each Thursday here together counting our blessings and sharing that spirit of gratitude with everyone we meet! Let us begin by thanking God that we get to commune in sweet fellowship with one another because of the faithful service of SWAP Ministries. Amen?

Let us start by defining Thanksgiving:

According to Strong’s concordance, the word ‘thanksgiving’ occurs throughout the bible, 28 times in 27 verses. Various English dictionaries define Thanksgiving as: An expression of thanks, especially to God.

In my hometown of Atlanta many people gather each year to celebrate Thanksgiving by serving the poor, afflicted, and homeless at an event founded by Hosea Williams, called Feed The Hungry. Many people prepare and work together, sacrificing time in their own homes with their own relatives to offer service to benefit those who are often overlooked among us.

Back in the olden days, God mandated offerings and sacrifices of thanksgiving through the law. We see that His people, even since the days of Cain and Abel, have been called to offer sacrifice unto the Lord. It may seem paradoxical to think of Thanksgiving as being related to offering and sacrifice, but God’s Word makes that correlation clear in the following passages of scripture:
  • Leviticus 7:12-13
  • Leviticus 7:15
  • Numbers 6:14-15
Christ admonished us in the parable of the feasts, to get out of our comfort zones and extend hospitality beyond our usual A-list:

Then Jesus said to the man who had invited Him, “When you give a dinner or banquet, do not call your friends, nor your brethren, nor your kinsmen, nor your rich neighbors, otherwise they might also invite you in return and that will be your repayment.  But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, for they don’t have the means to repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14:12-14

When we examine the following passages of scripture, God’s will is revealed along with the expressions of thanksgiving that are well pleasing unto Him.

  1. And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the Lord, offer it at your own free will.”  Leviticus 22:29
  2. Offer unto God thanksgiving, and pay thy vows unto the most high.Psalm 50:14
  3. And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.”  Psalm 107:22
  4. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call upon the name of the Lord.” Psalm 116:17
  5. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed.  Salvation is of the Lord.” Jonah 2:9
  6. And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish, the free offerings…” Amos 4:5a
  7. Therefore I urge you brethren, in view of God’s mercies, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God which is your spiritual service of worship.” Romans 12:1
This week let us seek opportunities to express our thanks to God through the expression of service and sacrifice that is pleasing to God.

Seek Ways to Glorify God Through Good Works

  • “So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.” – 2 Corinthians 5:9 (NIV)
  • “Let your light so shine among men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
  • “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way:  bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. – Colossians 1:10

Sacrifice and Peace Offerings

Today, since we are no longer under the old law, we offer the sacrifices of service and obedience from a pure heart because we have been liberated to serve God freely under the promises of grace.

  • “But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices and obedience as much as obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” – 1 Samuel 15:22
  • “For You do not desire sacrifice, else I would give it, You do not delight in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of a broken spirit and a contrite (repentant) heart, O God, You will not despise” – Psalm 51:16-17
  • “Therefore, I urge you brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” -Romans 12:2
Starting today, let’s notice all the blessings of the Lord and utter thanks for everything He reveals.

~ Gyquetta Jackson

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  1. Please tell the author of this post, thank you. She really helped me today along with your daily scriptures on power. I need to be more thankful despite my previous circumstances. I've been focusing on my loss instead of God's gain. Forgive me God. Pray for me sisters.

    I love this ministry. You really help people.

  2. Sally, thank you so much for these words and swapping with us your feelings on being more thankful. We will pass the word to Gyquetta. Continue to focus on the gain with God versus lack, it is just a tool of the enemy to keep you off track. Our prayers with and for you!

  3. Thank you, Gyquetta, for taking me to bible class! Your message was both beautiful and thought provoking! I appreciate you!

  4. Wow, thank you for swapping Thankful Thursday with us Gyquetta! It was such a good message and a reminder to get in the word to jog our thoughts on being thankful!

  5. This is so powerful ladies. Thanks for sharing and enlightening me. God has been so good to me...So Thankful...


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