9 Truths You Need to Know About Thanksgiving, Part 1

by Karin Peavy on June 9, 2016

in Empowerment, Encouragement, Faith, Successful Living

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10 truths you need to know about thanksgiving, part 1

Thanksgiving is a powerful weapon. To tell God “thank you” when discouragement hits or when you find yourself in the middle of a bad circumstance is to acknowledge that He is in control and that you trust Him to work out the situation in your favor. That’s why you need to know ten truths about thanksgiving. Putting these to work in your life will bring victory, peace and joy.

Truth #1

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God–Philippians 4:6.

One of the greatest challenges you will face is completely releasing your cares to God. It will seem impractical to give your worries to Him and simply forget them.  If you did that, you would no longer be in control and that is a scary feeling. That’s because there is always the temptation to resolve situations on your own.  You might reason that God gave you a brain and expects you to use it.  Yes, God did give you a brain but wants you to use it correctly. He wants you to use your intellect to decide to trust Him. Your understanding is limited. But God knows all and sees all. He knows exactly how to fix every problem.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Worry is a human reaction and you should give yourself space to be human. But the bottom-line is God expects you to let Him handle your challenges. One thing that will help you release the details of your life into the Lord’s hands is to give Him thanks as you are doing so. Here’s how you can put Philippians 4:6 to work:

  • Make a list of your concerns.
  • Give your cares to God and say out loud, “Lord, I am giving these concerns to you.”
  • Acknowledge that God now has your requests and is working on them.
  • When you are tempted to worry, thank God for what He is doing in your life.  Remind yourself that He cares for you and will bring answers at the right time and in a way that is helpful for you and those you love.

Truth #2

Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness–Psalm 97:12.

God is holy. As Christians we often hear this word but what does it mean? One meaning is having pure intentions towards others.  That certainly describes God’s intentions towards all His children. Because of this He cannot lie.  Every promise is ironclad.

Psalm 97:12 tells you to rejoice and give thanks as you remember that God is holy.  And truly you have cause to celebrate because God’s holiness translates into absolute and complete faithfulness towards you.

Take a moment to give God thanks now.

Truth #3

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name–Psalm 100:4.

The verse above tells you how you should enter God’s presence. Why should you approach God with thankfulness in your heart? Because God desires that you come to Him in faith and thankfulness is a way of expressing your confidence in the Lord. Even in the midst of difficulties, as you tell God that you appreciate His goodness and mercy, you are declaring that His best is yours and that better days are ahead.

Truth #4

And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing–Psalm 107:22.

Sometimes giving thanks to the Lord is a real sacrifice. There are days when you just won’t feel thankful. But if you decide to move past your feelings and count your blessings, God will meet you where you are. Thankfulness is a way of drawing near to God.  James 4:8 tells you that when you come close to God, He will come close to you.

Truth #5

Psalm 106:47

Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise.

Did you know that God set you aside to give Him thanks? In the above verse, the Psalmist asks God to separate all those who love Him from the wicked. We know that as Believers in Jesus we are called out from the world’s thinking. (When I say “world” I am speaking of anything contrary to God’s Word.) The world’s thinking and ways are negative. But God has called us to release His accolades into the atmosphere around us. Doing so infuses our places of work, worship and homes with holiness, life, peace, joy and so much more.

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.

CONCLUSION

I hope you have seen the benefits of giving thanks to God and are gaining those benefits.  My prayer is that you use these principles in your life each day.

I’ll be back with Part 2 next week to give you five more truths about thanksgiving.

Love,

Karin

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Karin Peavy June 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Tracy, read your Bible. The more familiar you are with it, the less confusion you will have. Are you Born Again? Have you followed the instructions in Romans 10:9-10. Start there.

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