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Charles Stanley (November-26-2021) Daily Devotional: A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving
The best way to begin cultivating a thankful heart is by using words.
Psalm 50 - The Mighty One, God, the LORD, has spoken, And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone forth. May our God come and not keep silence; Fire devours before Him, And it is very tempestuous around Him. He summons the heavens above, And the earth, to judge His people: ``Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice." And the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is judge. Selah. ``Hear, O My people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you; I am God, your God. ``I do not reprove you for your sacrifices, And your burnt offerings are continually before Me. ``I shall take no young bull out of your house Nor male goats out of your folds. ``For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. ``I know every bird of the mountains, And everything that moves in the field is Mine. ``If I were hungry I would not tell you, For the world is Mine, and all it contains. ``Shall I eat the flesh of bulls Or drink the blood of male goats? ``Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High;
But to the wicked God says, ``What right have you to tell of My statutes And to take My covenant in your mouth? ``For you hate discipline, And you cast My words behind you. ``When you see a thief, you are pleased with him, And you associate with adulterers. ``You let your mouth loose in evil And your tongue frames deceit. ``You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother's son. ``These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes. ``Now consider this, you who forget God, Or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver ``He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God."
Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me."
At first glance, the words sacrifice and thanksgiving seem unrelated, but today’s reading combines them in one phrase. Sacrifice brings to mind images of costly service, whereas thanksgiving conveys a joyous celebration of overflowing abundance and blessings.
Most of us wouldn’t consider our words a sacrifice, since they don’t cost much to say. But it matters to God when we offer prayers and songs of praise to acknowledge His blessings. What He sees as especially valuable is a godly life given wholly to Him—this is not about perfection but about a heart surrendered to His will and purpose.
Tithing is another expression of thankfulness that is costly. Since the Lord is the source of all provision and wealth, our grateful response should be to give Him a portion of what He has given us. Generosity is a good barometer of the authenticity of our gratitude.
Offering thanks to God begins with words, but like children who grow in appreciation as they mature, we should be growing in expressions of gratitude to the Lord. Give Him your whole life as a sacrifice of thanksgiving—you’ll experience amazing benefits because you can never outgive God.
Jesse & Cathy Duplantis (November-25-2021) Watch Boardroom Chat: The Power Of Thank You!
It makes people smile when you say THANK YOU!
Watch this insightful Boardroom Chat with Jesse and Cathy and be transformed by the POWER of a grateful heart.
John Hagee (November-25-2021) Watch Sermon: A Time for Thanksgiving. The spirit of thanksgiving is caught, not taught. It rejoices…even in adversity. Thanksgiving releases your faith to conquer the giants in front of you; it releases miracles in your life. Remember to give thanks in everything, the good and the bad.
Andrew Wommack (November-25) Happy Thanksgiving 2021! This Thanksgiving, as we thank God for our ultimate freedom in Christ, let us not forget to be thankful for our freedom as Americans too. Be encouraged as you watch this video, remembering why America’s best days are still ahead.
Joseph Prince (November-25-2021) Daily Devotional: Thanksgiving Can Raise the Dead!
. . . And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me . . . John 11:41–42
After Jesus had said these words, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And the man who had been dead for four days came out of his tomb!
This is one of the greatest miracles that Jesus performed. Lazarus had been dead for four days when Jesus raised him to life. Wouldn’t you agree that death is indeed an extreme problem? Having no money in the bank, being sick and losing your job, bad as they are, are not as bad as being dead!
But what I want you to see is this: If Jesus, in the most extreme of problems, shows us that the solution is still, “Father, I thank You,” then how much more should we thank God in the midst of the less serious problems we face. If thanksgiving can raise the dead, then let us give thanks in spite of the negative circumstances and we will see victory.
Unfortunately, we tend to do the opposite—murmur and complain. But murmuring and complaining only magnify the problem. Thanksgiving, on the other hand, is the language of faith which pleases God. I am not saying that we give thanks for the problems we have. No, we thank God that He is our answer and that He has already given every blessing to us (Eph. 1:3).
“But Pastor Prince, what I have is so little.”
My friend, thank God for the little you have and it will multiply. Jesus thanked His Father for the five barley loaves and two small fish, a little boy’s lunch, and they were multiplied to feed more than five thousand people with twelve baskets full of leftovers (John 6:8–13)! And notice that when the Holy Spirit talked about this event again, He specifically mentioned the Lord giving thanks—“the place where they ate bread after the LORD had given thanks” (John 6:23). The Holy Spirit seemed to be more pleased with the act of giving thanks than the miracle of multiplication or the twelve baskets full of leftovers.
Beloved, the more you thank God, the more you please Him. What little you have will be multiplied and whatever is dead in your life will be raised to life!
Matt Hagee (November-24-2021) Watch Sermon: The Joy of Thanksgiving. Pastor Matt reminds us that we are as joyful as we want to be, based upon the attitude that we have chosen to indulge. Are you giving thanks in everything, or choosing to blame your problems on those around you? He inhabits the praises of his people. Adapt an attitude of gratitude, and be thankful during good times and bad if you want to live a life filled with joy.
Matt Hagee (November-23-2021) Watch Sermon: Seasons of Thanksgiving. Pastor Matt reminds us that no matter the season of your life that you’re celebrating, it’s a time to be thankful. If you’re facing trouble, be thankful. God is with you. If you’re in a season of abundance, be thankful. God has supplied your needs. Every day that God grants you life…praise his holy name! He is good!
Kenneth Copeland (November-25-2021) Watch Sermon: Let Thanksgiving Be in Your Heart. A life well-lived is a life of thanksgiving! Watch /Believer’s Voice of Victory/ as Kenneth Copeland encourages you to let thanksgiving be in your heart and mouth all the time. Spend time praising and worshipping The LORD with Brother Copeland as he teaches you to enter into the kind of thanksgiving that unleashes power.