Does Our Giving Outweigh Our Thanks this Thanksgiving?

Does Our Giving Outweigh Our Thanks This Thanksgiving?

Does Our Giving Outweigh Our Thanks This Thanksgiving?

We take time once a year to celebrate Thanksgiving.  It’s a day to count our thankfulness to God in so many ways.  Taking time to really ponder our blessings fills our hearts with Thanks, and then giving.

It doesn’t take but a photo of war torn cities to be grateful for not having bombs go off in our country.  It doesn’t take but a photo of poverty stricken areas to be grateful for the meal on our tables.  It doesn’t take a child’s hand begging on a street corner to be grateful for a job, or even the welfare structure of our country. Homeless people sleeping in tents can make us grateful for a roof over our head.  We may not have everything we yearn for.  But we have what we have.  It’s the start point of gratitude for God.

Taking time to praise God begins to fill us with love for God and all He does for us.  We have access through Jesus to peace that passes understanding, to hope because of His faithfulness to us.  We know our prayers are heard.  We believe the Bible when it says, God is for us.  These truths begin to fill us with gratitude—to the point of spilling over.  This point of overflowing is where the convergence of thankfulness turns to giving.  As we realize our gratefulness, we turn to give out.

Does our giving outweigh our thanks this Thanksgiving?  It doesn’t have to be monetary.  It could be graciousness to a difficult relative.  It could be the gift of forgiveness to an old wound or new offense.  It could be letting people work out their relationships with God with silent prayer and love.  It could be simply showing up.  It could be loving again where love has been abused or misunderstood.  In choosing to love, we love wisely.  We love on God’s terms.  But the choice to address the issue and choose love (including tough love) once again is often costly.  Yet this sacrificial giving of love is noted in heaven and joined with supernatural power to join in your choice to give.

Let’s let our giving outweigh our thanks this year.


Christian Syrians Finishing Well

ISIS Killing Christians in a Church.  Photo Breitbart.com

ISIS Killing Christians in a Church. Photo Breitbart.com

When crisis events happen that catch the attention of the whole world, many Christians often comment, “This must be the beginning of the End Times.”  Truth is, we’re already in the End Times.  We are all aware of the Syrian Refugee Crisis as they flood out of Syria. Christian Syrians are escaping certain death from the Isis State.

Other Syrian Christians have already met their death.  They are already feasting in heaven with Jesus.  For them, that was their End Times.  For every person who died for their faith in a living Jesus as Lord, they did finish well.  Their death was noted in heaven and has a certain value.  They met their End Time by finishing well. Whether their photo made it to any journalistic media source or not, their life was not in vain.  Whatever we do for the Lord lasts forever.

Their death creates a sound heard in heaven.  Collectively the sound of the martyrs’ deaths increases in a cry that God hears.  Our outrage on earth joins the world-wide cry to God.  Our caring prayers create an echo.  It’s not just a cry of grief for the loss.  It’s a cry out for God to act on behalf of heaven and join in the supernatural battle with the heavenly armies. We serve a righteous God. He has a way to raise the righteous and the workers of iniquity are not able to rise.

Consider Psalm 36 as a prayer.

Psalm 36 New King James Version (NKJV)

Man’s Wickedness and God’s Perfections

An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked:
There is no fear of God before his eyes.
For he flatters himself in his own eyes,
When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates.
The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit;
He has ceased to be wise and to do good.
He devises wickedness on his bed;
He sets himself in a way that is not good;
He does not abhor evil.

Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the great mountains;
Your judgments are a great deep;
O Lord, You preserve man and beast.

How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light.

10 Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You,
And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 Let not the foot of pride come against me,
And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 There the workers of iniquity have fallen;
They have been cast down and are not able to rise.