Thanks Giving

November 18, 2012 at 4:58 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Rarely do we have a “holiday” or celebration with two actions, verbs, forms of worship conjoined into one word. Thanks. Giving.

There is always much emphasis on the first word. Thanks. Some people choose to name something they are thankful for everyday of November. Or at least until the end of the actual day. They usually start out as: “Today, I am grateful/thankful for…” Nothing wrong with gratitude or thankfulness! Good things these are. A command by God to do  – daily, hourly, minutely. At least that’s how I interpret always and continually. November gets the highlight, like pew-fillers on Easter Sunday. Or the thoughts poured out into material gifts on Christmas.
There are the other parts of those sweet scriptures that jump out too. See if you can see them “hopping” up and down 🙂

Ephesians 5:20
always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).

Colossians 3:17
That is, everything you do or say, do in the name of the Lord Yeshua, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything give thanks, for this is what God wants from you who are united with the Messiah Yeshua.

Ok, so I helped the wee words hop off a little…(big grin). Giving thanks rarely finds a empty heart. BUT! Giving thanks for everything?? Wow, that’s a tall order. How in heavens name does one thank God in the name of Yeshua for…constipation…root canals…acne…hatred…violence…murder? There must be more to thankfulness than feelings and lip service here. Maybe the answer is hidden in the word give.
Let’s see…how else is give “paired up” in scripture? Hmmm…the most obvious is for-give. Perhaps there’s more to the word give than English supplies as substance? In Hebrew give is defined as: To make a present; to present a gift; to grant, allow or bestow by formal action. In Hebrew thought, give, gift and love are all connected, almost inseparable! To forgive is a bestowing of unearned allowance, acceptance, love. To give thanks is a gift of love and acceptance of God’s goodness, even if what we see as hard, wrong, unforgivable, hard to accept; we give thanks for what we don’t see…the good God is, does, and will bring out of it. Giving is the rather “slip under the radar” part of Thanks-giving. Its easy to find something we like to be thankful for. But – everything? Whoooaa! I just don’t feel thankful for so many things, namely because those things make me feel bad. So I see, what a gift indeed it must be to God when I tell my feelings to take the back seat, and with my whole will thank God out of love for Him for everything. It says, “What You say is truth Lord, You cover all sin, You make it all good, You have the mightiest power and “upper-hand” in all things. I trust You, I love You, and my flesh fails to submit with feelings but I will because of Yeshua, in Yeshua choose actions and speech that represent that Truth regardless of how I feel.”
Its a powerful gift, and a gift that God loves and keeps the thanks-giving going all year long, not just November.

A note:
Something that profoundly changed my understanding of when scripture reads: in Yeshua’s (Jesus’s) name. Referring to asking for anything, and in the above scriptures; give thanks for everything in His name. It does not mean: simply attach the words Jesus, Yeshua, Christ, God, Lord to whatever you are praying for either in praise (thanks) or petition. Its a sad thing that such ways of thinking turns God’s power into human dictation. Again the word name is and means character, spirit, what the person represents as who they are, not a word you call a person to specify who you are talking to or about (or in this case asking for something from). We don’t name our children traditionally this way, it has lost its favor. Biblical names all mean and represent their character, who they are. I will leave it to you to research this to completion. But, quickly added; to ask for anything and thank God for everything in Yeshua’s name in English translated the way it was meant to read is:
Ask for/give thanks for everything in submission and unity to all that Yeshua is, did, does and wants, in His character and the Spirit of His character. Hence if we ask for something that goes against His name/character, ya likely are asking for nothing, thanking Him for something He would not Himself give thanks for (an example: He would never thank His Father for the downfall, ruin, and eternal torment of ANYONE) He is thankful to His Father, for His grace towards all He has made, whether they deserve it or not. He asks His Father for the things that really matter, needs of the soul, a new car is likely not a soul need, more money (yes, it doesn’t matter how poor), things materialistically, not soul needs. As we begin to accept that, life begins to change dramatically for everyone. He’s not Santa Claus or the Wizard of Oz, His Kingdom barters on a totally different “currency”. So we can thank God in His name that He doesn’t give us all we ask for, and doesn’t receive all we often say “THANK GOD OR THANK JESUS for that!” Yes?

Thanksgiving is an amazing celebration, an opportunity to give and be thankful that sets the pace for the “good race”. Its a wonderful thing that God gives us yearly reminders what Life is really about! Giving all of ourselves to Him, thanking Yeshua (Jesus) for all He has done to make everything worth thanking Him for! To Him be the glory, now and forever!

Yes, indeed His cross changes everything!
Happy Thanksgiving to you all, may you be blessed in Yeshua’s name! 🙂

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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