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This Thanksgiving, my 33-year-old autistic son learned from our study of the Word that every day is thanksgiving. He also learned that loving is giving; and giving is receiving. He was excited to tell others about this new truth when he went back to his home.
Being thankful is a state of mind, a conscious and deliberate decision to thank Yahweh and be thankful for all the marvelous things He has done for us. Thankfulness should be a continual attitude, an attitude of gratitude. I would not understand why a believer would not give thanks several times a day, for even just five or ten seconds. For starters, thank him for rescuing you from the spiritual powers of darkness in this world and translating us into the light of His kingdom through the work of His dear Son, Jesus Christ. Thank our Father for the free gift of holy spirit and everlasting life. This is a good start, don’t you think?
Thank Him for meeting your every (real) need more abundantly than you can think. When you have loved ones around you, and have a warm home with a roof, food to eat, a sound mind, and fairly good health, then you have something to be really thankful for. If you are chronically sick, remember that God can heal; if it never happens, although we cannot understand it, we can still have joy because the suffering of this present time is not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us when we are gathered together.
If you study the word thank* (used 139 times in the KJV), you will find it is translated grace many times. Thankfulness is strongly associated with grace, joy and rejoicing, praise, gladness, giving. In fact, these words have the common root word charis, usually translated as grace.
There is a multitude of items that God has given us and we are told to be thankful for them. We praise and magnify Father with thankfulness that we have the victory and his grace and mercy endure forever. The Psalms are loaded with thanksgiving:
[Psa 30:12 KJV]
To the end that [my] glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
[Psa 69:30 KJV]
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
[Psa 107:1 KJV]
O give thanks unto the LORD, for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
We thank God for victory over death and the author of death, Satan. We are thankful for receiving the Word of truth. We are to give thanks in all we do and that the Father has chosen all believers to be part of His family:
[1Co 15:57 KJV] But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
[Col 3:15, 17 KJV] And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. … And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
[2Th 2:13 KJV] 13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
We are to thank God for our family, friends, and associates as well as the other believers:
Rom 1:8 KJV
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
1Co 1:4 KJV
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
1Co 14:18 KJV
I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
1Th 2:13 KJV
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
This woman shows why we should have immense thankfulness and gratitude. With her voice and background music, this is very inspirational.
If you lost an eye, become thankful God gave you two. If your tire blows out, be thankful you have a spare, or even have a car. If you are almost out of money, be thankful that God has promised to supply our every need and that we can trust God to do so if you do the right thing as you are led. John Schoenheit gives more practical tips.