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Overflowing with Thanks to the Lord

This past Sunday night we had a Thanksgiving Dinner at our church. As my wife Margaret was preparing a pumpkin pie she needed help getting it into the stove. The pumpkin filling came all the way to the top and she didn’t want to spill any over the side. It was very full, but between the two of us we got it into the stove without spilling any of it.

pumpkin pie - thanks

In the USA Thanksgiving is a time of abundance, particularly of food. It’s a good time to spend with family and friends, and we all eat too much. The reason for the holiday, to give thanks, is in the back of our minds, but often doesn’t get the attention it should. We say a prayer of thanksgiving and perhaps go around the table and have everyone mention something they are thankful for. But for many that’s about it. The “thanks” part of Thanksgiving has become a minor part of the day.

The same is true for thankfulness in many of us as Christians. It’s a minor part of our lives. It should be a major part of our lives as Christians every day, not just for Thanksgiving. The Bible clearly establishes that thankfulness is expected of those who are children of God. In Colossians 2:6-7 we’re told that one of the characteristics of walking with Jesus is that we are to abound in thanksgiving to God. When I read that I thought of the pie plate that was filled to the brim with pumpkin pie filling. We as Christians are to be so filled with thanks that they spill out. We’re not supposed to keep our thanks inside, they need to overflow in our lives.

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The Bible teaches us why we should have an abundance of thanksgiving to God. Here are 5 reasons why we should be overflowing with thanks.

5 Reasons We Should Have An Abundance of Thanks To God

  1. It’s expected. In the Old Testament priests were appointed to give thanks 1 Chronicles 16:4. We’re told to give thanks when we enter God’s presence Psalm 95:1-2.
  2. It’s intended. It’s God’s will that we give thanks in every circumstance 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
  3. It’s modeled. Jesus lived this out for us as an example Matthew 11:25, John 11:41 and so did Paul Philippians 1:3, Philemon 1:4.
  4. It’s appropriate. When something good happens to us, like getting healed Luke 17:16, or we receive a good gift from God 2 Corinthians 9:15, it’s the right thing to do.
  5. It’s supernatural. The Spirit causes our hearts to overflow with thanks Colossians 3:15-17 which enables us to be thankful in all circumstances Ephesians 5:20.

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The word abundant means we have considerably more than one would expect or anticipate. Spill some thanks today from your heart to God.

Please share with us something you are thankful for today below.

  • Good morning Ward. I am thankful for your articles and also for my bible study co-teacher Sue. Your articles help keep me balanced in my life and are always a great reminder of how to live our lives. My friend Sue has become my mentor in leading bible studies in our church and has been a great friend. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you and Margaret and your family.

    • Thanks Rhett. I love that the internet has opened up opportunities for me to use the gifts God has given me to touch lives and get to know people all over the world. Your words are always an encouragement to me. Happy Thanksgiving, brother!

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    Ward Cushman

    My journey of faith started when I was nine years old when I realized that Jesus died and rose again to pay for my sins. At the age of thirteen I felt the call of God on my life for ministry.

    I have been fortunate to work in the marketplace for over ten years and in full-time Christian ministry for over thirty years.

    My passion is to teach God's Word in such a way that it is easy to understand and so that God uses it to bring about life change in those who hear it.

    It is my greatest joy to see God work through me to produce fruit for His glory!