9 Truths You Need to Know About Thanksgiving, Part 2

by Karin Peavy on June 13, 2016

in Empowerment, Faith

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9 truths you need to know about thanksgiving, part 1


This is the second article in this series on thanksgiving. If you missed Part 1, go here.

Truth #6

At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments–Psalm 199:62.

Rising at midnight doesn’t necessarily mean getting up in the middle of the night. The midnight hour also refers to moments of great struggle. Perhaps you are grappling now with an illness, the loss of a loved one or a job.  Thankfulness will open the door to God’s power.  When you offer your love and appreciation for Him, you are literally giving Him permission to step in and make things right. 

In the verse above, the Psalmist says he will rise at midnight–in the day of challenge–to give thanks to the Lord. This is your assignment. I want you to forget your problems and give God thanks. Tell Him you appreciate who He is, what He is able to do, what He has already done for you. Why would you say such things in the middle of your pain? The verse above has the answer: because of God’s righteous judgments.

Listen to me.  God is not going to leave you where you are now.  He wants to take you higher.

Expect God to fulfill His promises.  Because you are looking forward to seeing Him move in your life, you can give Him thanks. Go ahead and do it now.  

Truth #7

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you–I Thessalonians 5:18.

Notice the verse above says to give thanks IN all things not FOR all things. That’s because the source behind your challenges is the devil. His workings are designed to break you, wear you down, to make you give up on God.  However, if you turn your thoughts to the Word of God and hold on to it, God will bring you out. Faith will rise as you engage in thanksgiving. Because of that victory is yours.

Truth #8

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness–Colossians 2:7, New Living Translation.

Trusting in people more than God is one of the biggest mistakes you can ever make. I discovered this truth the hard way many years ago when I believed a certain group of people could help me develop and use my abilities. I wanted to serve the Lord but I was young, inexperienced and did not give God the place in my life He deserved. I did not pray over issues I should have because these people had convinced me they were wise, discerning and had all the answers. I woke up one day and realized that was not true.  My life was going nowhere.

This discovery put me on a path to getting connected to God more deeply. Here is a basic fact: God is the only one who knows your purpose and He is the only one who can help you discover that purpose and fulfill it.

For a long time after leaving that group, I was overwhelmed by confusion. I found it hard to be thankful. I was often tempted to doubt God’s Word. But one day I found myself filled with peace and contentment. Why? Because I had followed the instructions in Colossians 2:7. I had allowed my roots to grow down into Jesus. I had sought to let my life be built on His Word and His Word alone–both the written words from the Bible and the things He had spoken to my heart. And this journey has not ended. Each day I make this my goal.

The result of a life built on Jesus is strong faith and a heart overflowing with thankfulness.

Truth #9

Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned–Revelation 11:17.

There are many reasons for thanksgiving. One of them is outlined in the verse above. God is, was and will always be. He is the Beginning and the End.

This verse reveals God’s majesty and His unlimited, matchless ability. That ability is available to you today. So, lift up your voice in thankfulness. Because this God is YOUR God and He is ever mindful of you.

There you have it. Nine truths about thanksgiving. I pray that you put all of them to work in your life.



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