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Thanksgiving – A Holiday or Power…

Posted by onemansbeliefs on November 25, 2009

Last year I wrote a post about Thanksgiving and provided a little history about our now celebrated day of thanks.

This year I wanted to touch on the power of thanksgiving, but I do believe that the series of sermons on thanksgiving, called Thanksgiving Victory, taught by my pastor is far better than the words I can type here.  Be that as it may…

In the Bible we are told to give thanks unto God, but, why?

Psalm 107:1 “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

He is good and His mercy endures forever are the words most often used when we are told to give thanks unto God.  Other reasons we are told to give thanks are His righteous judgements and His holiness.  However, I wanted to focus on 2 more reasons which Paul tells us to give thanks and these are found in…

I Cor 15:57 “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Cor 2:14 “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.”

God gives us the victory and causes us to triumph in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.  Seems to be pretty good reasons to give thanks.  This giving of thanks is the trigger for power to be released in our lives.  Why?  Well, when we are walking our lives out we may not see how we can triumph or have victory over present circumstances, but God has already provided these for us.  Our giving thanks is an activation of our faith, belief and trust that God will do what He says He will do.  There is another reason to give thanks to God and it is found in…

II Thess 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Notice that this verse does not say “for every thing.”  Most Christians get this mixed up and believe that we need to thank God for everything in our lives.  No need to give God thanks for sickness, disease, poverty or anything else under the curse of the law.  He has redeemed us from these and has given us the victory over them.  Why give thanks in every thing?  There are 2 reasons.  God has already given us the victory in every situation and giving thanks is the releasing of faith that brings God-given power into our lives.  The last part of the verse gives us the number 1 reason we should give thanks to God…

It is His will.


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Is It Really A Day Of Thanksgiving?

Posted by onemansbeliefs on November 27, 2008

Another year has gone by and today is Thanksgiving Day… This is a day I have been celebrating with my family and friends since I can remember.

But, Why?

It’s a National Holiday, of course…

In 1941 the U.S Congress passed a bill that Thanksgiving be observed annually on the fourth Thursday of November.

Why did they do this? It seems that a Day of Thanksgiving had become routine by then. The first recorded “DoT” was in 1565 by Spaniards in St. Augustine, Florida. This continued with the colony of Virginia in 1619 and the Plymouth pilgrims in 1621. I understand why these guys would be thankful, but when did our government get involved?

The First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving was given by the Continental Congress in 1777.

Here is a small portion of that proclamation: “FOR AS MUCH as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for Benefits received, and to implore such farther Blessings as they stand in Need of: And it having pleased him in his abundant Mercy, not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties of his common Providence; but also to smile upon us in the Prosecution of a just and necessary War, for the Defense and Establishment of our unalienable Rights and Liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased, in so great a Measure, to prosper the Means used for the Support of our Troops, and to crown our Arms with most signal success.”

On October 3, 1789, George Washington (as President) made the following proclamation and created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America.

Here is a small portion of that proclamation: “Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

President Abraham Lincoln got involved and proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863.

Here is a small portion of his proclamation: “The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.”

It seems the leaders of our government at critical times of these United States recognized the need to be grateful for the things that God has done for this country. It would serve us well if today’s leaders took a little history lesson and remembered the things our great leaders of the past readily knew.

That one should be grateful and give thanks to God Almighty…

As I sit down to eat a meal that has been cooked by family and friends I will remember my Heavenly Father. I will thank Him for the things he has done, is doing and will do for my country, my family and me…

George, Abraham and Gaines…

That’s pretty good company!!!!!

So forget about separation of church and state and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

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