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What Are You Thankful For?

What are you thankful for as we celebrate Thanksgiving? This is a day that we as a nation have set aside to express our thanks to God for our blessings. There are a lot of things that we can thank God for. I have prepared a list of 50 items that you might be able to find at least one, but probably several that you are grateful you have or have done. Let’s see how many you can select.

The list is alphabetical.

America

aunt

bank account

bible

bills paid

boss

boy friend

brother

car

children

church

clothes

congressman/woman

customers

deacon

doctor

education

employee(s)

eternal life

fall

father

flag

food

freedom

friends

girl friend

government

health

home

improving health

IRA

Jesus Christ

job

medicine

mother

pastor

pet

president

restaurant

retirement

salvation

savings

sister

spouse

spring

summer

teacher

uncle

winter

We will explore this topic more on the other side of the break.

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That was a list of 50, but I bet that as you scanned the list you thought of other things that you can be thankful for having, knowing, or doing. The truth is that if we try we can double or maybe triple that list.

We have a creator God who created all things for us. He created the world, the fish, the animals, the birds, and the trees. He created the hills, the plains, the mountains, and the valleys. Everything we see in the natural world was created by God and for mankind.

You might think that the Bible doesn’t say that, but it does. When Adam and Eve were being tested in the Garden God said, Every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat (Genesis 2:16) except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it (Genesis 2:17). There are several other verses in the Bible that talk about our Creator as well.

Our forefathers thought it important to thank God for bringing them through the Revolutionary War and founding the United States of America. Our country has experienced the hand of God in both blessing and correction, and He hasn’t stopped loving us.

Unfortunately, many have turned from God. But even they continue to receive blessings. God loves America! And one writer in the past commented that America is great because America is good. But that is coming into increasing criticism.

America has turned its back on God and His Word, the Bible. And as America has been turning away the people have grown up without thanksgiving, without a moral base, and without a compass. Our institutions such as the home, church, school, and, yes, our government have determined they have a better way. But they are wrong, and we may soon, or maybe already are, experience the hand of correction.

We need revival! You need it and I need it. We need to fall to our knees and plead for mercy. If you have gotten saved, then you need to confess your sins and turn from your wicked ways. Revival will only come if we are repentant and truly want it to come.

All Americans need to turn to Jesus Christ. If you don’t know Him as your Savior, then you need to acknowledge you are a sinner, accept His death on the cross as payment for your sin, and ask Him into your heart. What a wonderful Savior we have!

If you are saved, then you still need to seek daily cleansing, to trust Him for all your needs. He loves you and wants to be number One in your life.

It is my prayer that everyone who reads this blog will stop for a moment and consider your life. And then thank Him for His love, mercy, protection, forgiveness of sin, and His abundant blessing upon our nation and our families.

One last comment: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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