“In everything give thanks, for this is the will God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – I Thessalonians 5:18
We’ve looked at some of the benefits of thanksgiving this month, and we’ve seen that it’s a form of prayer and it brings wholeness to us. It’s a true expression of faith that transforms us, our circumstances, and establishes us in authority and empowers us with world overcoming faith!
Think of the transformations that took place when Paul and Silas were in the Philippian prison (Acts 16) praising and thanking God! They were set free along with the entire prison! Instead of languishing in their prison cell, they were brought to the Jailors house and received care and washing for their wounds, and they were fed and clothed! The Jailor received salvation along with his family and were baptized. There was such a transformation in the city that Paul and Silas became more powerful than the city officials! Thanksgiving transforms! It transforms us, our circumstances, our condition, and establishes us in His authority! The transforming power of thanksgiving and praise is REAL!
Think about the transformation that our nation, our prisons and our government officials would experience if the Church stopped complaining and started thanking and praising God! Actually, America was conceived in thanksgiving. The first act of Congress in 1789, was to honor George Washington’s request to establish a National Day of Thanksgiving! The United States then went on to become the greatest nation in the history of the world. We also became the most authoritative and powerful nation in the history of the world!
Let’s offer God the sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise this Thanksgiving Day and truly honor the God who authored and founded this nation. The Bible teaches us to give thanks to God for all men, especially for those in authority, that we may lead quiet and peaceable lives in godliness and honesty (I Timothy 2:1-2). Complaining never solves anything. “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” It’s thanksgiving that always brings about the will of God.