We Are Thanksgivers
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and Thanksgiving 2020 occurs this Thursday, November 26.
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
Definition of Thanksgiving
1. the expression of gratitude, especially to God.
As Followers of The Way – we are called to be Thanksgivers!
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1.The Lord promises to make it ALL work in our favor.
Romans 8:28-39 New Living Translation (NLT)
28 And we know that God causes everything(ALL circumstances) to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[c]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[d] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2. It’s the sacrifice He most desires.
Psalm 50:1-15 New Living Translation (NLT)
A psalm of Asaph.
1 The Lord, the Mighty One, is God, and he has spoken;
he has summoned all humanity from where the sun rises to where it sets.2 From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines in glorious radiance.3 Our God approaches,and he is not silent.
Fire devours everything in his way, and a great storm rages around him.4 He calls on the heavens above and earth below to witness the judgment of his people.5 “Bring my faithful people to me— those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices.”6 Then let the heavens proclaim his justice,for God himself will be the judge. Interlude
7 “O my people, listen as I speak. Here are my charges against you, O Israel: I am God, your God!8 I have no complaint about your sacrifices or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.9 But I do not need the bulls from your barns or the goats from your pens.10 For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.11 I know every bird on the mountains,and all the animals of the field are mine.12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for all the world is mine and everything in it.13 Do I eat the meat of bulls? Do I drink the blood of goats?14 Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,and keep the vows you made to the Most High.15 Then call on me when you are in trouble,and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.”
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.
Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.