We’re in one of the most festive seasons of the year— Thanksgiving! And yet many people will enter into the celebration with a heart filled with anger and anxiety because they feel that they don’t have anything to be thankful for. The trials in their life are too harsh and won’t allow them to see beyond their sorrows. They are blind to the true things of God and are not able to give Him the thanks He deserves.
[Make sure you watch the video at the end of this post.]
The problem that most of us have is that our thoughts and goals are limited to the successes achieved in this world. We compare our lives to those who have mastered financial and material success and we foolishly or unwittingly feel that God has blessed them more. When we become ill we tend to believe the stories from Hollywood and feel that money does buy health and happiness, and then we get bitter because our healing doesn’t seem to come.
Everything and everyone that we compare our lives to here on earth is a mistake that will not only keep us in a state of ingratitude, but will continue to give glory to the devil for the bad things he is doing. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus! We need to realize that we live “in” this world, but that we are not part “of” this world. Jesus is OUR king and He alone is the one who will give us the victory through the trials of our life. And He alone is the One who deserves ALL of our praises and thanksgiving!
- These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.—John 16:33
When we can realize that Jesus has given His life to save ours so that sin can no longer judge us, so that His Spirit can live in us, and so that we can have a perfect union with our Heavenly Father, then we will realize that what we accomplish in this world is for nothing. When we get to Heaven God isn’t going to give us a crown filled with jewels that reflect the money we earned here, or the rich house we built to live in, or the status we set up for ourselves that allowed us to publically donate thousands or millions of dollars to help the underprivileged.
- Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.—Matthew 6:1
When we can see with our heart that Jesus is our Savior, our King, our Deliverer, our Healer and our God, and that He rewards those who diligently seek after Him and help others to find Him, then we will realize that God has given us something far greater than this world can ever imagine. We will be able to truly be thankful to God for our life, our blessings and even our sorrows because we will know that He can and will turn them all around for our good.
- And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.—Romans 8:28
When we give thanks to God it’s because we know who He is and that He saved us from the wrath and judgment that is about to come upon this earth. Our salvation alone is worth a lifetime of praise and gratitude from us. But Jesus accomplished things on the cross that many of us don’t realize. When He removed the sin from us, He also removed sickness and poverty from us. So when we get sick we can come to Him and thank Him and praise Him for healing our bodies, and then we can actually trust Him and see our bodies brought back to health. Yes, we may have to partake in some natural medicines to rejuvenate the body, but God works through those medicines that He’s given to us, and our bodies can be healed.
- “By His stripes we were healed.”—Isaiah 53:5
We can’t come to God with a grateful heart if we are secretly not happy because of things we don’t have, or because of trials that we are enduring that we hate, or because we or a loved one is ill and the world’s prognosis is dim. We thank God because He is greater than the world! He has overcome the world!
- Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.—1 John 4:2-4
Jesus took away all of our sin and everything that goes with it , and that includes lack of material needs, sickness and sadness. We need to look beyond ourselves and see the cross. We need to realize that God has provided it all for us and we need to believe it and thank Him for it. His word is true and He is faithful to His word. If He said it, then it is so. Believe it! Accept it! Expect it! And thank Him for it even if we haven’t received it yet!
- For we walk by faith, not by sight.—2 Corinthians 5:7
We cannot allow ourselves to be blind in the heart or we will miss seeing God’s hand in our life. We are surrounded with sin and sickness, but we don’t have to be part of it. Our heart and our eyes should be focused on Jesus alone. He is coming soon to end the evil in this world. And He’s coming to get us so we can be with Him forever. And He’s going to give us not only a Crown of Life, but a Crown of Rejoicing, and this is the reward we receive for reaching out to others with the gospel of Jesus. We have so much to look forward to and so much to be thankful for.
- For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?—1 Thessalonians 2:19
Our blessings of material wealth and a good life here on earth are just that—they are blessings from God. And truly, we are grateful to Him for them all. But they are not our accomplishments; they are His blessings to us. We are grateful that He saved us and that He cares for us.
Truly, we can never thank God enough. Because of Jesus, our sins are forgiven and we have a home in Heaven with Him forever. And while we’re still here, there is no greater way to show God our love for Him than to be part of His ministry and share His love and truth with others.
- Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.—Psalm 100:4
This video will bless you and you’ll see the reality of what we are all truly thankful for. You’ll see the love that God has for you and you’ll be able to say through your tears, “Thank you, Lord!”