Just last week in the U.S., we celebrated Thanksgiving – a time to pause and spend time with loved ones and reflect on all our blessings.
I want to take a moment to express gratitude to each one of you. Your partnership is vital to our ministry, and your prayers have a significant impact.
I consider it a privilege to partner with you each week in praying for our brothers and sisters around the world.
In building any and everything, in and for God, there are some basic building principles that must be adhered to. Just like with any natural building, its foundation is the strength behind the structure of that building. The foundation dictates the height, width, and weight of a building. A small foundation dictates that you have a small building. A deep and wide foundation dictates that you can have a building of some size and height. In God’s Kingdom prayer is the foundation for all things. Prayer is the principle component that you need to build or do anything in, or for God. – T. Owens
Prayer really is the foundation for all things. Thank you for praying with us each and every week.
Giving thanks to Him,
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Heb. 1:1-3).
Jesus is the One we are to look at and model ourselves after. He is the One who shows us how to live and minister and walk with God. He is the One who created the world and holds all things together. He is the One who is at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Jesus is the One.
Take a moment to reflect on these verses and offer praise and thanksgiving to the Father. Take a moment to reflect on the One.
This week, those in the US pause to celebrate a holiday called Thanksgiving (Thursday Nov. 24). In our family, we gather to have a feast of turkey and other traditional foods. It is always a special time to be with family and reflect on all our blessings.
Take a moment to thank the Father for who He is.
Thank Him for His goodness, faithfulness, mercy, grace and love.
Thank Him for what He has done for you.
Thank Him for your family.
Thank Him for your fellow believers in your community.
What are some other areas or people for whom you can thank Him?
Let us give thanks to the Lord.
In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, here is a guest post from a dear friend that reflects the importance of giving thanks to God. – Stacy
Dear MentorLink friends “HAPPY THANKSGIVING”!
Pray without ceasing,
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift
2 Corinthians 9:15
For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God
2 Corinthians 4:15
According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry
1 Timothy 1:11-12
These are amazing verses on thanksgiving for all of us to meditate on. Paul says in those verses to give thanks in everything, for everything, always and abounding. The Greek word for thanksgiving “eucharistia” means good and grace, well and grace. It is well with our souls because of grace. Grace is so, so good. Paul said: Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift! Salvation by grace – we are so thankful. We are given zoe-life by grace – thank You. Church is a gift to us; thank You. The Bible, God’s eternal, precise Word – thank You. The Gospel message in our hearts – thank You. An eternal purpose to glorify God – thank You. Friends that love at all times – thank You. Tests and trials to meet Jesus in – thank You. Security in Jesus – thank You. The fruit of the Spirit in us and through us – thank You. The Finished Work life in Christ – thank You. Heaven as our home forever with Jesus – thank You. Rather than concentrate or focus on all the negative things in life, we can so easily look to Jesus and be thankful. This decision to be thankful comes from receptivity to the truth in Jesus. Thank you for receiving from Him, and walking in life as a witness and testimony to this world.
Thank you, thank you.
Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causes through us thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11