Thanksgiving Devotional (Part 3)

 

Don’t Complain, Praise and be Thankful

Christian life offers joyful and unjoyful dimensions.

Surely enjoy the joyful aspects of your life as a follower of Christ, but appreciate that you’ll encounter trials, storms, and challenging paradoxes along the way.

Remember all things work together for the good for those who love the Lord.


Paul Morton’s classic song “I Won’t Complain” flows from the good and bad times that all, including Christians, face.  Despite all you endure in life, knowing that you’re not ‘in the fiery furnace’ alone (Daniel 3: 19-30) should give you great comfort as an abiding Christian.



  • A post I published on this blog a few years ago, Nine Paradoxes of Christian Living may offer spiritual food for thought.  It isn’t a long form post, but I believe you will see an aspect of your walk with Christ that will make more sense after reading it.
  • 30 Thankful Bible verses from one of my favorite websites, biblestudytools.com is a resource well worth tapping. As they state in that piece: “Read through these Bible verses to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. Find some quiet time to pray and thank God, read Scripture out-loud, and find a renewed heart that is filled with peace and joy!
  • Need to dive into another timely Devotional? A YouVersion blog post, Why Gratitude is Great for You, offers other Thankfulness and Thanksgiving Devotionals.
  • Miss the first two parts of this Thanksgiving Devotional?  Part 1.   Part 2.

To God be the Glory.  I’m thankful he’s always with me and that he can do more than I can ask or imagine.  What a friend I thankfully have in Jesus.

Peace be with you.  Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.


SCRIPTURE

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.  He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.  Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 23 (NASB)

 


Happy Thanksgiving from 66 Assurance Way


Photo Credit (Cross): Dave King / flickrCC

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Thanksgiving Devotional (Part 2)

The first step to showing gratitude, to God or another person, is one’s thankfulness. A person who isn’t thankful can’t show gratitude either.  Let your Thanksgiving be one of thankfulness AND gratefulness



As I expressed last Spring in Christians: Do You Have a Gratitude Attitude? (Praise)

Your Praise is literally music to God’s ears.  It pleases him and drives the Devil crazy!  To put it simply, the God-exalting Praise of a Christian man availeth much!  Having a ‘gratitude attitude’ in your thankfulness towards the Lord is as valuable as your faith and prayers. 



SCRIPTURE

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:3-4 ESV


  • If you missed the first part of this 3-part Devotional / Link
  • Need another Praise song to get you in the spirit?  Lord, I’m Available to You may be just what you need – a gospel classic.
  • Hoping your Thanksgiving is full of people with a ‘gratitude attitude’.  If it is, know that you are truly blessed.

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Sadly Tomorrow Wasn’t Promised: Gideon M. Leaks


A fellow alumnus of mine, Gideon M. Leaks, passed away suddenly yesterday.  We both attended Brown University in the eighties.  While we weren’t close, he was a kind person who had a smile you’d never forget once you saw it!  His passing hit me like a ton of bricks.  I just saw him last month in Providence, RI at a Reunion . . . he was about two years younger (55) than I am.  I am greatly saddened.

As I visited Gideons’ Facebook page today, the words at the top of his page jumped off the page:

May I deal with Honor

May I act with Courage

May I achieve Humility

Scripture tells us a lot about these three qualities.  The Bible also tells us that tomorrow is not promised.

Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.

Proverbs 27:1 ESV


 SCRIPTURE

Proverbs 27:1; 2 Corinthians 8:21; Matthew 23:12; 1 Peter 5:6; Isaiah 40:31


Guess what?  2 things this 57-year old Christian knows. 

  • Your good health isn’t guaranteed.
  • Tomorrow isn’t promised either.

If you act like that ‘final exam’ is way off in the future, you may have to be divinely evaluated (or have a medical storm) earlier than you anticipate! 

As I read the comments about Gideon, from those who knew him, it was clear why he strived to ‘deal with Honor, act with Courage, and achieve Humility’.   My late fellow alum would want everyone he knew (or crossed paths with) to: Live honorably; Vote in the mid-term elections.  Regarding the former, frankly, honorability is in the eyes of the beholder.  Smile.  I voted early btw, so I think Gideon would be pleased.  I will miss him.


Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. 

For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


Rest in peace Gideon Leaks.

Greg Silverthorne

God: He’ll Test, but Never Tempt You



Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

James 1:13-14 NKJV


  • My Pastor said a few months ago: God will test you, but he’ll never tempt you.  I never knew the origin, but the statement lingered in my mind.  When I stumbled on to this verse I needless to say did.  Only the Devil will attempt to tempt an abiding Christian.

P.S. I am happy to say this blog is in it’s sixth year.  The 5th anniversary day (September 21st) slipped my mind, because I was out of town.  Participating in a Choir at a Reunion at my alma mater (Brown University) during the third weekend of September (9/21 – 9/23) had me flying to Rhode Island . . . and singing with fellow Black alumni – going back to the late sixties classes.

P.P.S.  I didn’t realize I had not blogged for three months until Tuesday.  LSS my life has been a roller coaster since early July.  Joyful events have been intermingled with storms I didn’t ‘order’; thankfully the Lord allowed me to be delivered and endure my afflictions (Psalm 34:19) and keep on ‘stirring my gift’.  With my full armor of God on, the Evil One is wondering why I still love the Lord.  Why I continue to blog.  Part of my plan from my Heavenly Father is to share what he gives to me here in this space since 2013 . . . things I find enlightening.  Thank you for visiting 66 Assurance Way.  Five years and 22 days and counting!

To God be the Glory!


Greg Silverthorne

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The Lord is Our Lifeguard (Scripture)


Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.  Psalm 55:22 (NIV)


  • A church sign I photographed in late June 2018 . . . in Greensboro, NC.  I have a lifeguard.  His name is Jesus Christ!  He walks on the sea for me.

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.  And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!”  And they cried out for fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”  And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.  Matthew 14:25-29 (NKJV)


The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  Psalm 23:1


“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.   “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

John 14: 1,2,6 (NKJV)


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“Strength” / John P. Kee & New Life Community Choir

Video

Strength to make it, Strength to take it
I’ve got the strength to know that everything will work out fine
Strength to suffer, Strength to conquer
I’ve got the strength to know the blessings of the Lord are mine