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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Thanksgiving Devotional (Part 1)

Count your Blessings, Instead of your Crosses;

Count your Gains, Instead of your Losses;

Count your Joys, Instead of your Woes;

Count your Friends, Instead of your Foes;

Count your Smiles, Instead of your Tears;

Count your Courage, Instead of your Fears;

Count your Health, Instead of your Wealth;

Count on God, Instead of Yourself.

  • From the Morning Service Program of my church, New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, yesterday.  With life’s smiles come tears of sadness.  However, you’re NOT in this alone.
  • Count on God and you’ll reap the benefits of Christian Assurance!  Check out the 9 Pillars of Assurance at the top of this page.
  • When I heard the words above read (Thoughts for the Day) I knew I had to share them!
  • Look for the 2nd and 3rd Parts of this Thanksgiving Devotional Series in the days ahead.

Happy Thanksgiving from 66 Assurance Way.


  • “Thank You” / Walter Hawkins and Donnie McClurkin

SCRIPTURE

  • For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God.  1 Thessalonians 3:9 (NKJV)
  • Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4 (NKJV)

 


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“God’s Got a Blessing (with My Name on It!)” / Norman Hutchins (Gospel)


Get ready, for your Blessing
Get ready, for your Miracle!


I know you’ve been hurting, deep down inside
Let me encourage you, it’s going to be alright
Troubles and trials come to make you strong
Keep on believing, you keep holding on!

 


  • God’s Got a Blessing (with My Name on It!)  / Norman Hutchins (2006)

Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:16-17 NIV)



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Pray for Those Who Grieve


Tomorrow isn’t promised.  In the last 48 hours I’ve learned of passing of two fellow alumni from my alma mater, Brown University.  Marlene G. Brown (West Windsor NJ) and Gideon M. Leaks (Brooklyn NY).

I knew Marlene well; we both went to high school in Great Neck NY.  I just saw Gideon at a great reunion gathering in Providence, RI last month.  Two great people. Both were fifty something.  When people you went to college with in the early 80s pass away it makes you realize that tomorrow is surely not promised.

  • Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1 ESV

I just hope that I shall wear a crown when I pass away.

This NC choir encourages me to live in such a way that I will wear that crown some day.

  • In a weekend when 11 Jewish people worshiping were senselessly murdered at  a Pittsburgh synagogue, Tree of Life, let’s pray for the families of those eleven families and my two late fellow alumni. I am greatly saddened today.
  • I can’t help but recall the Mother Emanuel (SC) massacre a few years ago.  And the Texas church shooting more recently.  I will never get comfortable with the senselessness of killing people, whatever their race or religion, while worshiping. And never will.

Please cherish today and pray for all those who are grieving the loss of loved ones, friends, or neighbors.

To God be the Glory.

Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

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

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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