3 Ways to Have a Great Thanksgiving

Posted: November 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

II Corinthians 4:15 gives us the recipe for a having a great thanksgiving.  The verse says, “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.”  1.  Realize everything is a gift from God. Paul said “all things are for your sakes.”  This is a hard concept to learn.  At thanksgiving time, we often share what we are thankful for.  Typically we mention heath, family, friends, and other good things God has placed in our lives.  But let’s not forget that God is always at work and many times it is through the tribulations that we learn the greatest lessons.  In II Corinthians 12:9 Paul says, “…Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities…”  Wow!  Paul had learned to give thanks in everything.  Can we do that?  2.  Visualize the grace of God in our lives. We need our vision corrected.  Too often we have physical eyes instead of spiritual eyes.  We must remove all secondary causes and see the hand of God at work in our lives.  There is no such thing as luck or chance.  The providential of God of heaven is at work in this world and he is at work in our lives.  Paul said in I Corinthians 15:10, “But by the grace of God I am what I am…”  If I remove the grace of God from my life, I would be consumed.  Perspective is paramount in the Christian life. 3. Publicize our thanks for the glory of God. The little word “must” in the verse tells us that the grace of God is bestowed on our lives for a purpose.  We do not receive grace just to give us a comfortable and blessed life.  Grace is given so we will in turn offer thanksgiving to God and He will receive the glory.  Grace and glory are linked together.  The word “redound” means to super-abound.  God doesn’t want just a little glory.  He desires and deserves all glory.  This is why I must publicize my thanksgiving.  Psalm 26:7 says, “That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all they wondrous works.”  What is the purpose of this thanksgiving?  To fellowship and eat?  No, to give God the super-abounding glory that only He deserves!

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