2 Corinthians 9: 9 - 11, As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; His righteousness endures forever." Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. NIV
Indeed, we do serve a very gracious God. Our heavenly Father loves to bestow great blessings upon His children. It is God's delight to shower us with His love and favor and to demonstrate His goodness toward us so that the world might come to know Him.
Even so, if we're not careful, we can become so consumed with getting our own needs met in order to meet the demands of this holiday that we can forget from Whom our blessings flow. Therefore, let's take the time today to reflect on the faithfulness and the goodness of our God; and as we do, the Holy Spirit will be released in our hearts and fill us with great joy and peace. It is important to have these attributes because we will relate to others those things we are feeling in our own hearts. If our hearts are filled with thanksgiving to God, then we will reflect our joy to others, who may not have God's peace in their hearts.
When God supplies our needs and fills our hearts with His goodness, we can begin to pour out those blessings on those who are hurting. God wants us to be blessed so that we will have the ability to be generous to those who are in need. Is there a better time to share the love of Jesus than on Thanksgiving? Let me challenge you today to get alone with God before the pressure and the stress of this holiday season hit you. Allow God's presence to wash over your mind and relieve any cares or anxiousness you may be experiencing. Give those cares to God; allow Him to bless you so that you can be a blessing to others. Let's take the focus off us and let the Lord be glorified through our hearts and lives. This could very well be the beginning of the best "Thanksgiving" you have ever had. I am thankful to God for you.
Pastor Asa Dockery