|Giving Thanks to the Father
When I was in school, Christmas was my favorite holiday for the obvious reasons of getting two weeks off from school, topped with a bunch of presents. However, over the past few years, Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday of the year. The only thing I don’t like about Thanksgiving is that it only comes around once a year. But, by examining the Word of God, we find out that we can be - and, in fact, should be - thankful every single day. How much more fun is that?
God tells us to do all things with thanksgiving. He tells us when to give thanks, He tells us who to thank, and He tells us why to give thanks. When you realize what God has done for you and what you have in Christ, it is just impossible not to be thankful.
Colossians says to do all in the name of the Lord Jesus… giving thanks.
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.
Ephesians tells us when to give thanks.
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Colossians also gives us reasons why to give thanks.
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet [adequate] to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
From the above verses we see that God says to do all things giving thanks always to our Father, who has made us adequate to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
When God made you adequate it means that He has enabled you, He has made you competent. He has made you adequate (past tense — already been done for you) to partake of the inheritance of the saints in light.
In the Working Translation on the book “A Journey through the Acts and Epistles,” Walter J. Cummins renders the last line of Colossians 1:12 as “Who made us competent for a part in the share of the holy ones in the light.”
If God made you adequate, then are you adequate? Even if you don’t feel like it? The answer is “YAAA!”: You Are Absolutely Adequate!
Romans 8:37 says that you are a super-conqueror through him; I John 4:4 says that “greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” If we confess anything contrary to that fact, then we contradict the Word of God. You do not have a right to say that you are not adequate because God has made you so. Dare to say what the Word says.
The list goes on and on as to what God has done for you through Christ. Your job is to find out what that is and then think on those things. When I think on those things, I just can’t help but overflow with thanksgiving to God. Life is so much sweeter when we rise up and take God at His word.
You are the very best,
II Corinthians 2: 14a:
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ
II Corinthians 9:15:
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.