ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 48
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As you know, Israel needs our support. If you would like to help Israel out with basic food, water, housing, and the war effort, then I strongly recommend helping them through Chosen People’s Ministries. Go to Chosen People’s Ministries website https://www.chosenpeople.com/ , then click on the donation tab and in the Special Designation (e.g., name of missionary or project) box type in: Israel War Relief Fund.
This is a time to stand for Israel and bless them in any way we can!
שַׁאֲלוּ שְׁלוֹם יְרוּשָׁלִָם
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
Show God You’re Thankful - Nathele Graham - email@example.com
God gave us everything. Because of Him we are given a first birth. We come into this life as little lumps of flesh and bone. We only understand our own needs. If we need something, we cry. Someone is there to take care of our hungry tummy or dirty diaper. Babies have no ability to say thank you to the person caring for them. As we grow, we are taught to be thankful. If someone does a nice thing for you, it’s important to say thank you. Sadly, there are some very ungrateful people all around. People who think the world owes them everything, and they give nothing. They don’t even give thanks to God.
We can point fingers all we want, but let me ask this question: Have you shown you thanks to God for all He’s done for you? No matter how humble you are or how much you give to others, if you don’t thank God for what He’s done then you need to open your heart. Because Jesus willingly entered His creation to shed His blood for our redemption, we have the chance for a second birth. All we have to do is truly accept the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and we are able to live eternally with Him. “But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13. That, my friends, is something to give thanks for.
Christians have so much to be thankful for. We are indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit, also called the Comforter. He will guide our thoughts and feelings if we allow Him to. It’s hard to wrap our human mind around the fact that God indwells us at the moment we accept Christ for salvation. “In whom ye also trusted after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14.
Our understanding of God is tainted by our human understanding. He is so much more than we can imagine. After coming to Christ, we will still face problems in this life. We still live in a fallen world and face all the troubles and temptations that Satan puts in front of us. As Christians, we must seek God in all things. We need to allow Him to change our attitudes and heal our hurts. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1.
If we look to earthly things to fill our lives, we can never show our thanks to Christ like we should. The Apostle Paul faced shipwrecks, beatings, jail, and more. Still, he could encourage all of us to be thankful no matter what we face in life. “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
I’ve found that no matter how heart breaking of a situation I’m in, I can always find something to be thankful for. I may have to look hard to find it, but that’s when seeking the things of God helps. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2.
This life is temporary, but God has given so much for us to be thankful for. Give thanks to Him daily, no matter how bleak your life may seem at the moment.
Do you have children? The bond of love between parent and child is strong, but there are drawbacks. Have you ever given your child a gift that you were excited about because you just knew they would be thrilled with it and thankful? When they don’t like that special gift, it hurts deeply. Maybe they do like the gift, but don’t show their gratitude. Lack of gratitude is hurtful, but it happens. What about our ingratitude towards God? He gave us the free gift of eternal life through Jesus. Remember the Holy Spirit is inside of us. When we live our life having a pity party because of all the things we don’t have, or because we expect God to do more and give more to us, that shows our ingratitude for all God has done. “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30.
When I was a child, my brother was killed in an automobile accident. That was tough for a six-year-old to deal with. Sometimes it seemed as if nobody cared about my sorrow and hurt. They did care, but I only saw my sorrow, not really understanding that others in my family were hurting, too. Over time I began to remember the fun my brother and I had together. Remembering the good times helped and eventually I could be thankful that I had had a brother. This lesson helped me through so many deaths. When my husband died, I was devastated. Whenever my grief begins to overwhelm me, I thank God for every minute He allowed me to spend with Ron. Ron was a Christian, so I also thank God for the assurance that he is with Jesus and I’ll join them one day.
When you look outside of your troubles and focus on your blessings, you show God that you’re thankful and, you can serve him better. You will see the need of others rather than your own needs and disappointments in others for not being more sensitive your troubles. When you thank God for everything, you will be changed. “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing on another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:12-13.
Jesus gave you eternal life and that’s a lot to be thankful for. Praise Him for this free gift and share it with others. “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” Colossians 3:14-15.
The word “charity” isn’t talking about giving handouts to the less fortunate, although that could be what you should do. The word “charity” is from the Greek “agape”. That’s the unselfish love of God. It’s hard to dwell in your own grief and sorrow when you’re showing the love of God to others. “And, whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17.
The second birth through Jesus Christ should have brought about a change in you. Instead of the focus being on you and your own needs, Christ will help you to see that others have needs too. What hurt are they hiding deep inside? How can you help them? By showing God’s love through your words and actions. When you do this, you show God that you’re thankful for His blessings in your life.
We have come to the time of year that Americans call Thanksgiving. There are parades to watch, football games to cheer for, and lots of food. Remember to show God that you love Him and give thanks to Him in all things. Show your thanks to Him every day of the year. He has given you so much.
God bless you all,
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“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” Psalm 122:6.
Sharing the truth of Thanksgiving - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
In the days leading up to the first “Thanksgiving” of the Pilgrims, they had dispatched a group of ten men to “explore the bay and trade with the natives.” They were guided by the English-speaking Squanto, who also served as an interpreter. When the men returned, they were very impressed with the land around the bay and wished they could have settled there instead of Cape Cod. William Bradford, wrote however, “But it seems that the Lord, Who assigns to all men the bounds of their habitations, had appointed it for another use. And thus they found the Lord to be with them in all their ways, and to bless their outgoings and incomings, for which let His holy name have the praise forever, to all posterity.”
This “Thanksgiving” to the Lord offered by Bradford in his history “Of Plymouth Plantation” indicates that Jesus was at the center of his thoughts about all things–even the land they were allocated by God to begin their colony. It also forebears testimony to the very positive Christian witness and relations the Pilgrims maintained with the Indians. This comment was followed immediately by Bradford’s account of the harvest in October 1621. Bradford writes, ”Each person had about a peck of meal a week, or now since harvest, Indian corn in that proportion; and afterwards many wrote at length about their plenty to their friends in England–not feigned but true reports.”
One of those true reports is found in “Mourt’s Relation” by Pilgrim Edward Winslow–the only account of the first “Thanksgiving.” Winslow writes: “our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors…at which time amongst other recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others.”
Winslow concluded, “And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.” Thanks to the godly men and women who came before us, even in our decline we remain blessed more than any other nation on earth. Jeremiah 4:2 says that if God’s people return to Him, “And thou shalt swear, The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in Him, and in Him shall they glory.” This is a promise to the nations. So today, as should be our practice each day, may you have a Psalm 103:2 day, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
A Uniquely American Holiday - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. —Psalm 100:4
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Today we celebrate Thanksgiving. This is a uniquely American holiday. It doesn’t commemorate a battle or anyone’s birthday or anniversary. Rather, it’s a day set aside with the specific purpose of giving thanks to God Almighty.
Despite what the revisionists claim, many of our founding fathers were very committed Christians—not all of them, but many of them. They had a respect for God and understood that He gave us this great nation. Therefore, our first president, George Washington, set aside a day to give thanks to the Lord.
Fast-forward to today. For many, Thanksgiving is just a holiday between Halloween and Christmas. It’s a day where we get together and stuff ourselves before we go shopping on Black Friday. In fact, stores traditionally were closed on Thanksgiving Day, but now many are open. And some people don’t even call it Thanksgiving anymore. They call it Turkey Day instead.
Thanksgiving originally was a day to give glory to God, and for Christians, every day should be a day of thanksgiving, minus the turkey. Every day we should be giving thanks to the Lord. We should have an attitude of gratitude.
Researchers have discovered that gratitude actually has a positive effect on health. Dr. Robert Emmons of UC Davis said, “Gratitude blocks toxic, negative emotions, such as envy, resentment, regret, and depression, which can destroy our happiness. There’s even recent evidence . . . showing that gratitude can reduce the frequency and duration of episodes of depression.”
Psalm 100 is identified as a psalm of thanksgiving; it originally was given to the people of Israel. After God delivered them from Egypt, they made a very long trek through the wilderness, ultimately arriving at the brink of the Promised Land.
But God warned them, “When you have eaten your fill in this land, be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt. You must fear the Lord your God and serve him” (Deuteronomy 6:11–13 NLT).
This can very easily happen to us as well. When we’re in trouble, when we’re facing crisis, we call on God. But when things are going reasonably well, we can start to forget about God.
We need to remember to give thanks to God. We might set an alarm to remind us to get up at a certain hour of the day, or we ask someone to remind us to do something.
Psalm 100 is a reminder to give thanks: “Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture” (verses 1–3 NLT).
Our rejoicing on Thanksgiving Day and, really, every day should not be based on what we have materially. It should be based on who we know. Possessions come and go. Friends come and go. So does time. But God does not come and go. He remains.
 Emmons, Robert. “Gratitude Is Good Medicine.” UC Davis Health, 25 Nov. 2015, health.ucdavis.edu/medicalcenter/features/2015-2016/11/20151125_gratitude.html.