Monday, November 19, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007

It is a day of rejoicing! It is a day to be thankful! How many of us this time of year reflect on the year as a whole and come to the conclusion that this year has not been a year of thanksgiving? Financial upsets, family problems, relationship issues, lots of stress at work and other issues can cloud our thinking into seeing only the negatives in our life rather than the goodness of God. In the midst of the struggles our God, through His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, has been with us every moment of each day. When we have the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord the Word of God says that He (our God) will never leave us nor forsake us. That means during those trials our Father was with us as we walked through it. How do we think we got through all that has happened and still live and function in the world? God’s grace is sufficient for our every need. There are so many promises in the Word to deal with each issue of life. Our pastor mentioned recently that there are 30,000 promises in the Bible. Today as I reflect on Thanksgiving I want to speak some of those great and precious promises that Father has given us. We have watched many of our dear friends and family go through great difficulty this year. Yet when at their lowest they exuded the most awesome peace. One of the dear saints of God just left this earthly home and entered his heavenly home. Our church joined for many months in prayer for him as he battled cancer. We are very thankful that we had the privilege to join with hundreds of other people in prayer on his behalf. Father taught us about prayer through this young man’s life of faith. Our church will grieve his death but we will also be thankful for his life. He gave us a picture of God’s grace and mercy as he fought a good fight and he finished his race. He ran the race with courage and dignity and now he is dancing with Jesus in his heavenly home totally and completely healed. Hallelujah!! Thank You Jesus!! Your Word is true and perfect. Let us enjoy and praise the Lord together through these precious promises from His Word.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103:1-5

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
Psalm 103:8

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. Psalm 121

Take the time to study the Word of God and see all the numerous promises that our Lord makes to us His children. Be thankful and Be blessed daily as you seek the Lord.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!!
We love you,

Charley & Karen

Christ’s Kingdom Ministries Matthew 6:33