So, I have shared a fact a number of times…

Each day, I give thanks and glory to God! There are many people who have portable ventilators and continue to live a relatively normal life. However, people who are using a life-support device don’t always recover. They may not regain the ability to breathe and function on their own. To walk again! To breath again independently! To eat again! To God be ALL the glory and praise!

A challenge. How many of you can say you know someone alive today that was pronounced “non-living”… Generally a physician must make the determination that a person is dead. The physician then makes a formal declaration of the death and a record of the time of death. In a hospital setting, the physician who declares the death may not be the one who signs the death certificate. I would agree whole heartedly if it were not in a hospital setting! After a number of surgeries (brain) and maintenance on life support: When a person’s heart stops, doctors will try to restart it. These life support methods include CPR, which keeps blood and oxygen flowing throughout the body, electric shocks (called defibrillation) to get the heart beating again, and medication to help the heart work.

Blah blah blah… “here he goes again!”

What do YOU have to be thankful for?

Giving thanks always and for everything to God The Father in The name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Old Testament thankfulness verses:

1. Ezra 3:11

With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:

“He is good;
    his love toward Israel endures forever.”

And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. 

2. Psalm 7:17

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
    I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.

3. Psalm 9:1

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

4. Psalm 35:18

I will give you thanks in the great assembly;
    among the throngs I will praise you.

little girl prays to God
A girl prays during a baptism service at a church in Kalawa, Kenya. (©2018 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

5. Psalm 69:30

I will praise God’s name in song
    and glorify him with thanksgiving.

6. Psalm 95:1-3

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.

7. Psalm 100:4-5

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

8. Psalm 106:1

Praise the Lord.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
    his love endures forever.

Staff hugs a young girl in Colombia
World Vision staff member Yezenia Castellanos Leon hugs a student after she interviewed with World Vision U.S. visitors in Cucuta, Colombia. (©2019 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber)

9. Psalm 107:21-22

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
Let them sacrifice thank offerings
    and tell of his works with songs of joy.

10. Psalm 118:1

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

11. Psalm 147:7

Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
    make music to our God on the harp.

12. Daniel 2:23

I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:
    You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
    you have made known to us the dream of the king.

Nur’s children and family receive food aid from World Vision and the World Food Programme. (©2019 World Vision)

New Testament:

13. Ephesians 5:18-20

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

14. Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

15. Colossians 2:6-7

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

girl thankful for goat
“I am so happy to get 3 goats for my family, they are so lovely.” Srey Len, 7, lives with her family in Cambodia. (©2019 World Vision)

16. Colossians 3:15-17

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

17. Colossians 4:2

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

18. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

19. Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

20. Hebrews 13:15-16

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Which book in the Bible talks about Thanksgiving?

1 Thessalonians 5 reminds us to “give thanks in all circumstances,”

One of the truest ways to demonstrate your appreciation to God is to simply pray and tell Him. God loves to hear from you. He often wonders why you never call or write. Seriously though, prayer is the simplest and surest way to convey appreciation to God.

Thankfulness comes up 71 times in the New Testament, and most of those instances are this word, or related to this word. The definition: “To show oneself grateful, to be thankful, to give thanks.” It is used in a religious sense with or without reference to God.

Published by Fellowship of Praise: ALL praise to God our Reason, Hallelujah!!!

To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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