Thankful and Giving

Every day should be Thanksgiving to God! This page is about being thankful and giving back to God and His people.

I am thankful for so many things! I am thankful to my God because He never gave up on me. I am thankful for the people He put in my path to rattle my cage until I decided for myself to live for Him.

I am thankful for my family! My Father in heaven. Jesus, my brother. The Holy Spirit, who lives in me and enables me to walk in love and in the power to do God’s work on this earth! My husband, son, and grandchildren. My parents, in-laws, grandparents, brothers, sisters and their families. My brothers and sisters in the body of Christ! We serve an awesome God!

I looked up the word Thanksgiving in the Bible. There are pages of scriptures that talk about Thanksgiving. The word thanks appears 73 times. The word thanksgiving appears 28 times. When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of having an attitude of worship towards our heavenly Father. I think of giving back to others in the spirit of Thanksgiving.

This morning, I opened my Bible to 2 Corinthians 9:6 and started reading about sowing and reaping. If the farmer eats his seed instead of sowing it, he will not reap a harvest. Likewise, when we store up for ourselves and fail to reach out and help others, we aren’t following in the path that God has prepared for us. God blesses us so that we can bless others. If you want to receive God’s blessings, we have to learn to bless others out of love, not obligation. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says that God loves a cheerful giver. The attitude of your heart is more important than the gift. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says that God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:  God desires that we always have what we need in all things. It is not God’s will that we suffer financially. God wants to bless us, but we have to line ourselves up to receive what he has for us. If we give cheerfully, out of love, we will receive God’s blessings (including financial blessings).

Some people are sowers and some people are eaters. Eaters are selfish people who just take what they can get and keep it for themselves. Sowers are people who live to give and God sees that they will always have in abundance, so they can give to every good work. Andrew Wommack says, ”If God can get it (money) through you. He will get it to you.” God wants to give us financial blessings (bread for us) and for us to use our blessings to bless others (our sown seed). When you give with the right heart, it doesn’t subtract from your reservoir of blessings, (or your bank account) it multiplies your blessings! 

2 Corinthians 9:10 says God give seed to the sower both so that we have bread for our own food and that the seed we sow is multiplied, which increases the fruits of our righteousness. Mark 10:30 says that for those who give with the right heart, the Lord gives back one hundred times what we give.

God bountifully gives to us so much that we have plenty to give away! When we can give to others and fulfill their needs, that love causes them to be thankful and praise God for our help. We are not to be hoarders of God’s blessings. We are to be channels through which God’s blessings flow to others. My prayer is that you line up to receive all God has for you, and that you allow God’s gifts to flow through you!

 

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