“O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.”

Psalm 105:1

It is that time again when we as a family, tribe, and hopefully as a nation give thanks to the Lord.  Everyone of us that are born again are more spiritually minded than the flesh and carnal-minded.  We are told to take on the mind of Christ.  When we do that, we enter the Kingdom where the principles of the Spirit hold sway over our logic, reason, and emotions.  That means that we can see things that God is doing for us and the promises that He has declared to us CANNOT change.

It would be like looking down a waterfall.  Below you see the danger if you are swept over the falls.  I was at Niagara Falls once and was terrified at the force and power of the water rushing over the fall.  I thought if I were in that river, it would render me totally unable to control anything.

Truly friend, the world is rushing us over with the chaos of very great and destructive events.  We are powerless in the world.  The four horsemen ride and will not return until their purpose is accomplished.  Those thoughts leave all but the born-again in total despair and anxiety.  The Lord says that He has overcome the world, meaning it has no power over us who embrace the peace of God.  He is our rock, our fortress, and our defender.

Let it be known, and surely taken to heart, by all of us who trust in Him: Jesus inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3).  To give thanks is to ensure that Jesus is present in us and with us.  A thankful heart brings peace and assurance that Jesus is real.  His promises are true.  I need not fear and tremble at the ideas of the fall (in the world).

God’s hands will hold me in the midst of the fray.  Love Him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.  I can think of no greater expression of faith this Thanksgiving than to find a way to help people in need.  Leave an empty chair for Jesus at your table this year and remember that He is there with us . . . if we praise Him.

— Written by Pa

P.S. If you are going through hard times and could use a little help this year, call your church and ask them for a name so you can express God’s love in physical form to another.