Google+ 11/22/12 Thank You Jesus!

Revelation 11:16-17


The twenty-four elders sitting on their thrones before God

Fell with their faces to the ground and worshiped him.

And they said, “We give thanks to you, Lord God, the Almighty,
 The one who is and who always was, for now you have assumed your great power
 And have begun to reign."



Here in the United States today, we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day.  Many devotions will be written and read today about being thankful for the great bounty God has bestowed on all of us.  Prayers will be uttered all across our land for our ancestors.  We will, in many cases, remember that first Thanksgiving when the Pilgrims and the Indians first broke bread together and thanked God for getting them through a harvest season and a brutal winter.  We will probably over eat.   Some football games will be watched.  Some will go to church and some will watch parades.   Unfortunately, some Christmas shopping will take place today, as the retail community seeks to squeeze every dollar out of its most profitable season of the year.   Many will treat this day like any other and celebrate nothing.  Others will be alone and missing their loved ones that have preceeded them into God's throne room.  Today, I want to suggest that whatever we are going to do today, let's take a moment and consider our Scripture.  Let's start by falling on our faces like the 24 elders did and thank God for being God.  Worship Him with all your heart, soul, and mind today.  Lift up audible sounds to let God know how much you appreciate who He is in your life.  As the Scripture says, "The one who is and always was."  I can only speak for me, but I like the constant that God is in my life.  Many things in this world are "up for grabs" everyday.  Satan can throw you curves before your feet even hit the floor in the morning.  There is truly very little that we can count on each day.  We can count on God, the Alpha and the Omega.  His grace and mercy meets us at every crossroad in our life.  Even when we make wrong choices, which we often do with Satan's help, God rescues us from the pit and sets our feet on the path of righteousness once again.  While we are thanking God for who He is in our life everyday, let's take a moment to thank those around us who act as His hands and feet in our earthly lives.  Today, let's notice and appreciate all those folks that God has so strategically placed in our lives to meet all of our needs.  These can be parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, spouses, friends, clergy, co-workers, or additionally in my case especially, ministry partners and members of my Family of God.  These wonderful saints make us who we are each day and put earthly arms to God's love that surrounds me.  So, today let's give God the Glory.  Let's treat Him as Omnipotent.  Let's say thank you to Him and His son Jesus Christ.  Put your arm around a Godly friend or relative today and tell them you love who God made them to be in your life.  God has assumed the power He deserves and His reign has begun for each of us anew today, as we give thanks with a grateful heart.  Happy Thanksgiving, Jesus!  You truly are my everything.