ABC’s of Thanksgiving – Letter B

Ephesians 5:20 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tell us to always give thanks to God in all circumstances in Christ Jesus/Messiah Yeshua. Always being thankful no matter what my situation? Really?  You’ve got to be kidding! But that’s God’s command to believers. So, just what does this mean?

~Other people’s expectations of who they want me to be.

~Other’s demands on how I spend my time and energy.

What strangle-holds on me! What chains that keep me from moving forward! All meant to control my will.

I am most thankful that God is Breaker of Yoke and Shackle (Nahum 1:13).

I am most thankful that His word reveals who I am and can be under His care and direction.

I am most thankful that my Lord is a Blesser of Those Who Fear Him (Psalm 115:13 implied).

Another point of view turns my attention away from others and toward me.

Wanting my own way can make me a prisoner to false hopes and expectations. Freedom comes in surrendering myself to live according to Your will, for only You are Bondage Breaker (Exodus 20:2 implied).

 

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ABC’s of Thanksgiving – Letter A

Ephesians 5:20 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tell us to always give thanks to God in all circumstances in Christ Jesus/Messiah Yeshua.

Always being thankful no matter what my situation? Really? You’ve got to be kidding! But that’s God’s command to Christian and Messianic believers. So, just what does this mean?

Letter A

All-inclusive resorts have gained in popularity among vacationers. For one price, from start to finish their every need and many wants are  provided for on the resort premises. No need to search elsewhere. Ultimate convenience. From beginning to end, from first to last, tourists  are cared for.

Just like God. From the start of my life to the end of it, I receive His care in meeting my needs. He is there at my birth, and He is there at my death. Just as important, He is there throughout my existence.

The saying “from A to Z” includes all the other letters of the alphabet. So it is with God’s name “Alpha and Omega” (Revelation 1:8). Alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet; omega is the last letter. Indicated is everything in between. That means:

  • times of good experiences as well as bad;
  • times of rejoicing as well as grief;
  • times of health as well as sickness;
  • times of comfort as well as distress.

That’s when I remember God is included in my every situation. For that I am most grateful.

Alpha and Omega shows me He is all-inclusive. Nothing that I need or want is found outside of Him. Another point of view concerning this name reveals my own identity which is another reason for thanksgiving:

Remind me today that I can’t be everything to everybody because such faulty thinking places me on the same plane as You. Only You are All in All (1 Corinthians 15:28).