Thanksgiving is Peacekeeping

As children of God, we can never Thank God too much. God’s inspiration and grace affords all of us the opportunity to accomplish personal tasks He places in our hearts as we serve Him with a joyful heart. The Bible, in the book of James Chapter 1 verses 2 and 3 tells us to “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” The Word of God affirms that even during our daily struggles facing uncertainties and reasoning, constant celebrations should focus on giving thanks to our almighty God. He will provoke breakthroughs and lead the way!

Applying the Word of God, taking biblical lessons straight from the Bible, we can understand our forefather’s journey and connect Holy Bible teachings to present-day Christian’s personal stories of adversity. Mutually supporting fellow Christians and embracing personal situations while participating in Thanksgiving and praises onto our Lord sharpens our faith.

Spiritual Confrontation

Confronted with any given situations, we should seek God’s face and arm ourselves with the Christian weaponry of faith. Put on our Sunday best! The Armor of God, reinforce scriptures, applying it to daily behaviors to revive inspirations as we engage in spiritual warfare. As Christians, we must stand guard in authority, rebuking evil in the name of Jesus as we engage in spiritual warfare. The devil will try to steal our joy! People may surround you and encourage you to participate in evil acts or lead you astray. Call you away from your calling! According to Proverbs 13:17 “a wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing” NIV). We must stay focused and get ready for that spiritual battle. Avoid all that godless chatter and chaos as 1 Corinthians Chapter 14 verse 33 reminds us “For God is not a God of disorder, but of peace.”

Spiritual Intervention

Pertaining to the Armor of God, the book of Ephesians Chapter 6 verses 10-17 state “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (NIV).

Mutual Love

Our Lord sacrificed His Son for us to cleanse our sins. Jesus humbled himself and walked the earth and to His death. That was the ultimate sacrifice. In turn, what did He command us to do?  Granted, we understand that we may get along with some people more than others based on likes, dislikes, and preferences. But that is no reason to discriminate and not love each other. Imagine how you would feel if you made the ultimate sacrifice and your children are disobeying or ignoring you. As parents and guardians, we all make sacrifices for others and may feel unappreciated or taken for granted. Think of how Jesus felt. Think of how God feels. As individuals, we want to be respected. When we are disrespected, we can make our voice heard. We should show God the same respect and LISTEN as He ministers to our heart.

The book of John Chapter 13 verses 32-38 state “If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. Simon Peter asked him, Lord, where are you going? Jesus replied, where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later. Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times” (NIV)!

As Disciples of Christ, we begin by loving one another. No one is saying you have to be in love with the world. Loving one another by showing love, respect, understanding, humility, we must reflect the Christ-like attitude and behavior that our Lord and Savior represents. John 13:35 reads “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (NIV). After committing the ultimate sacrifice, I do not think anyone can feel that Jesus does not love them. There is an ongoing spiritual warfare that has strongholds on the minds of God’s children and we must remain in God’s presence, conducting Godly activities to achieve our breakthrough. A good start is loving God, each other, respecting His Word, and learning more about Him, one scripture at a time. Jesus said in John Chapter 13 verse 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Making an effort not to say anything negative about God’s creation helps us in respecting our Lord and each other. That reminds me of the old saying if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all. I prefer the older saying by God pertaining to false teachings in the book of 2 Timothy Chapter 2 to “avoid godless chatter, it spreads like gangrene and ruins the faith of some” (NIV). Negativity can dampen spirits, but since we are all God’s children, if God is for us……who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).   Daily Thanksgiving

Pertaining to the annual thanksgiving dinner it relates more to story-telling; we all have stories to tell right? On page 2 of my recently published book ¿Uncertainties? and Reasoning (2011), the second paragraph reads, Discussions on the thanksgiving forum may range from air to football to politics with each storyteller trying to outshine the other. Unfortunately, the situation may get out of control. Natural, fleshly influences tend to control, and dominate dinner discussions, while permeating thoughts, actions, thus disrupting harmony. As the Bible states, “For God is not a God of disorder, but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33 NIV). If you have NEVER experienced a family disagreement during any type of dinner setting (and you do not dine alone), glory be to God!!!! Jesus said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35 NIV).

Judging Others

The book of Matthew reveals that we should not judge each other. Matthew Chapter 7: 1-6 states “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (NIV).

Spiritual Fulfillment

We should accept individual differences and the way God created us. Why do we depreciate the beauty of God’s creation by finding something to complain about? Why walk into a situation or room and instead of acknowledging the benefit or beauty we focus on the crack on the wall and make such a big deal out of it? Do we have heavy hearts? Not completely spirit-filled? I believe that’s why it is important to spend intimate time with God because He and only He can spiritually fill those holes in our hearts and heal the pain. We should not be quick to judge or communicate with each other to understand someone’s perspective to increase our understanding.

In my book ¿Uncertainties? And reasoning (2011), I offer the following “Diffusing arguments begins with an honest acceptance and realization that a higher power exists and that Jehovah has a more productive plan for us. Prior to human differences going out of control and relationships spiraling to a bottomless pit, we must honestly forgive, move forward pursuing, and fulfilling God’s will. Completing His will on earth is our purpose to enter the Kingdom of God” (p.3).

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