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Thanksgiving: An Invitation to Trust for the Impossible

Thanksgiving: An Invitation to Trust for the Impossible

Have you noticed how Jesus likes to give thanks before meals? He did so before feeding the 5,000 and then the 4,000, but He didn’t ask for the bread and fish to multiply. He just gave thanks… and then of course food multiplied to feed a crowd! (see Matthew 14:13-21)

  1. Often when we pray for big-item needs, God gives the answer in seed form. God always starts with the small, and lovingly watches us as we make it grow, to prepare us to handle the big-items we ask for. Our attitude of thankfulness for the small things creates faithfulness and maturity for the small to become great.
  2. A thankful heart reflects a trustful heart. Even after giving thanks, Jesus still didn’t ask for more, because He knew what His Father had given was more than enough. The Father knows what we need before we even ask, and so thank Him ahead, knowing His answers are on their way. When we know who God is, we don’t need to place an order; we just need to be thankful.
  3. God is extravagant but He isn’t wasteful. Jesus made sure that the left-overs were gathered after everyone ate. God’s provisions are always more than enough. When He said He provides for all our needs, He meant continuously un-ending showers of blessings, more than we can ever ask for or imagine! And so a heart that is thankful for each and every gift and provision from the Father does not carelessly throw away the left-overs. Even Jesus gathered the crumbs and treasured every gift His Father gave.

 

This holiday, open your heart and be thankful to God:

for the seeds and the small beginnings;
for answers already on their way;
for the ‘more than enough’ and extras you are able to share;
for the promises that, yes, are yours.

An Extra thought:
Did you know Jesus also gave thanks before He raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:41), and on the night he was betrayed (Luke 22:17-19)?

How about also giving thanks for the miracles about to happen, and the trials and testing that make you perfect in Christ? God is the expert at making things new and resurrecting the dead, so you just never know what beautiful things He has for those who give thanks…  Happy Holidays!

The Lord’s Ultimate Blessing

The Lord’s Ultimate Blessing

 

The Lord bless you and keep you;
 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

 

LOVE.

         Shining with the glory of God: this is how Moses’ face looked after being in God’s presence on His holy mountain. When your face shines like Jesus, undeniably, people everywhere will know that you have been with Him. Everything about you, every word that comes out, every action and reaction, instinct, motive, intentions, pursuits, dreams and ambition, every decision – will reflect and be seen as made by someone who has been with Jesus. Let God’s light on you shine so bright that people everywhere will praise God.

         God’s greatest blessing to us is to make his face to shine on us. All his other blessings and showers of grace are nothing compared to making His face shine on us. This blessing is worth more than all others, and worthy of pursuing to our last breath.

PEACE.

     This is what peace looks like: to have the Father’s face turned towards you, not rejecting, condemning nor ashamed of you.

     Peace is having that kind of love facing you, as when He said to the Son, “you are my beloved”. This is the face of Jesus turned toward us, as when He said,” My peace I give you and leave with you.”

       In a world full of chaos and division, may we carry that peace within us, and leave around in the people we meet, that they will see the face of Jesus through us.

JOY.

     What do you celebrate? Be glad that your names are written in the Book of Life. Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds, because you are being perfected in your suffering. Have a party for the lost that have been found. His grace is amazing! There is no fear in love; there is nothing to be scared of. Christ has overcome so we can live in freedom and victory. We find our joy in knowing Christ. We find our joy in loving Him.    

 

       “Joy, joy, joy, down in my heart, deep, deep, down in my heart…”    Let the joy out!    When you celebrate, you give the world a taste of what’s to come.