HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY from Lynden, Washington, U.S.A!
Funny, isn’t it? We are taught as little children to say “Please” before receiving what we want, and “Thank you” after receiving it. But God makes it clear that in the Kingdom of Heaven ‘thanks-giving’ is our key to all He has for us.
As Paul says in Philippians 4 “In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.”
In his course called Pure in Heart, Mark Virkler reveals that every negative thing and thought is always of the enemy, and every positive, life-giving, up-building thought is always of the Holy Spirit. He discovered that most people, including Christians, are negative, critical and accusatory 80% of the time. And then we wonder why we are not blessed! John Arnott, who has pastored the world changing rievival that fell on his church in Toronto, Canada since 1994, was challenged by this claim and discovered it to be true in his life as well. He came to realize that “NOTHING STOPS REVIVAL LIKE CRITICISM! One of the most grievous things to the heart of God is all of the criticism that goes on in the lives of Christians.”
While pondering God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis, “In Blessing, I will bless you,” I have become very challenged by Ephesians 4:29. “Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it… do not grieve the Holy Sprit of God.” Realizing that whenever God begins to whisper His season of blessing is at hand in my life, I am attacked within and without by negative, critical and judgmental accusations, I have begun to cry out to the Holy Sprit, “Teach me to be a blessing!!!”
In this busy holiday season, which begins in earnest in the U.S.A. with Thanksgiving Day, lets pray daily for a heart and life that forgive, bless and give grace to one another.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer!
~ Psalms 19: 14