Thanksgiving Conversion

Who do we give thanks to? During thanksgiving, do we glorify and honor each other for blessings? Do we tell others how much we love them when we receive a gift we desired? Do we get excited and show eternal appreciation, smiles, and gratitude as we receive a gift? When are we going to begin our conversion of Thanksgiving and give it to God, who deserves all the praise, honor, and glory?

According to the Holy Bible, “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God” (Exodus 20:4 NIV). It is ok to be appreciative recognizing others for being an instrument and providing you with God’s blessings. However, we must THANK GOD and focus our praise, honor, and glory all on Him!

Faithful Thanksgiving     

Many challenges occur during our lives and with faith we can overcome barriers that try to prevent us from accomplishing God’s will. According to the book of Luke chapter 17 verse 6, Jesus said “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you” (NIV).

Believing in God, we can focus on Him and reroute or convert the thanksgiving process giving our Lord (not man) all the praise and glory. Situations and people may test your faith. We may not believe and may be inclined to follow the group for whatever reason. How many times have we met individuals and without giving them or yourself a chance to get acquainted, we jump to the conclusion that you do not like the person? You do not speak to someone because your so-called best friend does not communicate with him or her? With that mindset, that could be a potential blessing that was lost!

Proper Thanksgiving  

The Holy Bible shares a story in the book of Acts pertaining to the conversion process of thanksgiving. Saul was persecuting our Lord just like other people. The power of our God changed Saul from thoughts of persecution with murderous intent to thanksgiving to our Lord for restoring His vision. During our transformational process mutual encouragement and spiritual engagement is necessary as we convert our thanksgiving processes to align with God’s will and glorify our Almighty Lord.

The book of Acts chapter 9 reveals that when Saul was traveling to Damascus to commit evil acts, he heard a voice call his name. The book of Acts 9:7 state, “The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone” (NIV). During the conversion process, on the road to Christian discipleship, many challenges and barriers will confront you. As the Holy Spirit appears and gets your attention, others may not hear or see anything. That happens as the experience is between you and your Creator. It is our duty to respond to the voice of God so that we can become a viable instrument in promoting His Kingdom. Remember “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14 KJV).

We should remove distractors by entering God’s presence (especially during difficult times) and receive the message that is meant for us. During your conversion process, God may send a stranger with a message. God sent Ananias to find Saul, place his hands on him to restore his sight (Acts 9:11). Spending intimate time with our Lord provides us with discernment and with the Christ that is within us, being Spirit filled, we can identify what is and is not from God.

Despite the negative reports that Ananias heard, he knew that Saul’s mission was to comply with the chief priests and arrest those who call on our Lord (Acts 9:14). Our Lord is so powerful, that He used Saul, the same person that was ordered to do evil acts against God’s children, to convert him to proclaim the name of the Lord instead! The Holy Bible informs us that when Ananias placed his hands on Saul, “Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength” (Acts 9:19 NIV). Ensure your faith is strong. Give God all the praises, honor, and glory only He deserves. Make sure to thank Jesus daily throughout the day and especially for removing scales from our eyes. Remain knowledgeable and well fed in the Scriptures and ward off the spiritual warfare. Giving thanks to God is a way of life and not a Sunday affair.

Lawful Commands   

Pertaining to the 10 commandments that Moses presented to the children on behalf of God, the book of Deuteronomy Chapter 5 verse 33 states “be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess” (NIV). Our Lord has given us commandments to follow and wants us to live prosperous lives and fulfill His will. If we follow His commands, He will bless us.

Think of a personal reward system, if a loved one does something nice or exceptional, after following your instructions, you may want to do something just as nice or complement them with a nice gift or action. Loving, Obeying, and Thanking God should be our daily life process as we walk by faith and allow His Spirit to influence us. Christian discipleship process teaches children to love God, Jesus, parents, family, teachers, classmates, listen to people in charge, behave very well in school, at home, and in the community.

The road to Christian discipleship is equipped with all the necessary tools to remove potential barriers in our path. Pursuing God’s will is a daily process and we must stay on track without being judgmental. The scripture reads “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1 NIV). So, if it that is written and documented in the Bible, who has empowered humans to judge others? Certainly not Jehovah God as he told Moses (after dictating the 10 commandments) to address the children of Israel (Deuteronomy 5). “Oh that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commandments always, so that it might go well with them, and with their children forever!” (Deuteronomy 5:29 NIV). Don’t we, in the depth of our hearts, also desire the best for our family? Is not that what we claim?

Thanksgiving Renewal  

Conduct an honest reality check, how can we improve our actions on earth to reflect God’s purpose and glorify His name? Are we equally strong in action, faith, and words? Understanding that by accepting that a higher power exists, we can release all cares upon God, we can move toward His goal. The old saying goes Do as I say, not as I do. Beware of hypocritical teachings. Make sure what is preached in church is also followed according to God’s will. If teachings and actions are not supportive of God’s words, be careful!

Pertaining to hypocritical teachings, in the book of Matthew 23:3 Jesus warns us against hypocrisy and states, “So you must be careful to do everything they tell you, but do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.” We cannot walk around like Saul persecuting people because man says so. We must love each other and follow Jesus. God loves us all and wants the very best for us. Thanksgiving conversion and adjusting thought processes and habits be a challenge as we may have become settled in our ways. However, God’s way was, is, and will continue to be first. Somewhere in our history, the processes were tainted and we picked up bad habits. Seeking God’s face, He will illuminate the path and remove the scales from our eyes clarifying our vision. Allow our Almighty Heavenly Father to remove the scales from our eyes so that we can see each other, the way He sees us; the way you see your loved ones…with LOVE.

As Ambassadors For Christ we are to become Disciples of Jesus Christ. We are to learn from Him, His teachings and ways. Reflect upon what you are thankful for and give proper credit and thanks where it is due. Thanksgiving belongs to our Heavenly Father. Let all the things from the past leave your thoughts. Ask God to remove negativity, blindness, and restore your eyesight and heart. Increase levels of forgiveness among each other and thanksgiving onto the Lord. We must always keep God First. Praise the Lord!       On the road to Christian discipleship, “Dear children, keep yourselves from idols” (I John 5:21 NIV). Keep God first and foremost in your life and continue to engage in eternal Thanksgiving to our Lord. We thank you Heavenly Father, we give you all the praise, honor, and glory. Blessings in the name of Jesus!

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4 Responses to “Thanksgiving Conversion”
  1. Michelle says:

    It’s great to find an expert who can exlapin things so well

    • Maty says:

      It is so easy to become offended. Some offenses are intended to hurt us, but most are just the result of misunderstandings, miscommunications. They were never intended to be offenses.The end result is hurt, damaged relationships and unforgiveness. This wedge is driven not only between those we love, friends and families, it comes also comes between us and God. If we cannot forgive others, He cannot forgive us. That is Satan’s true plan, to separate us from God. John Bevere has a great book The Bait of Satan . Satan baits us with offense and draws us into places we or our relationships were never meant to go. Through deceits and lies, he robs and destroys.

      • Caroline Savage says:

        Blessings Maty!

        Thank you for your comments! I agree with you that others may become offended more easily than others. I believe that effective communication breeds mutual understanding. Taking the situation into consideration, we should engage in godly conversations and express ourselves humbly but with integrity during conversations. The Book of Proverbs 10:11-12 state, “the words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions. Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses” (NLT). Deflecting evil intent, walking closer to God, using His wisdom to enlighten ourselves and others, can be accomplished by understanding His will in our lives while keeping Him first, and dealing with others humbly with pure intentions.

  2. Caroline Savage says:

    Blessings Michelle!

    Thank you for your comments. We have found an expert! The book of 1 Corinthians chapter 3, verses 9-11 state “for we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building. Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ”(NLT).

    God is THE EXPERT and Jesus sacrificed Himself to teach us and explain God’s law, the Holy Bible, and even spoke in parables to further our understanding. Praise God and we should be eternally thankful for His Divine creation, expertise, intervention, teaching, and wisdom. Praise His Glorious Name!

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