I always look forward to the start of November. The weather is cooling and we are headed into the holiday months with Thanksgiving and Christmas. I also begin to panic a bit as I have no ideas right now for Christmas gifts. I also like it because for the last several years I have blogged daily from November 1 to Thanksgiving and then December 1 to Christmas. It is a busy time and causes me to stretch and grow my faith as I depend upon God each day to I write from His Word. I have been in prayer about these blogs and the message God wants me to send out in His name. We will begin each day in November with a scripture highlighting Thanks and then I will add a remainder to you of a spiritual blessing we have in Christ. I am praying that these blogs will encourage your own attitude of gratitude and thankfulness towards God.
Day 1 of November 2022
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34 This same praise is found repeatedly in scripture. The basis of all our thanksgiving is based upon the goodness of the Lord. This is not based on something temporal but in the enduring, eternal love of God for us. Let that sink in for a moment! We can give thanks no matter what the circumstances as God’s character, His goodness, never changes. When things are hard and seem to be going wrong, God’s goodness and His love are still there. He is always available to us and turning to Him will give you hope and reassurance. We can cling to His promise in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” God works all things for our good and His glory as we trust and put our faith in Jesus. The part that is continually tested is our enduring faith in His goodness. Claim His promises, lean into and on His goodness and love today! Then, live like you truly believe it!
A truth to claim with thanksgiving: I am sustained by Christ. Is Christ your sustaining power? Claim Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Along with 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” My go to verse for claiming the sustaining power of Christ in my life is 2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. In His goodness and love, He promises to sustain, care, support and love each of us. He will always be enough for whatever we are going through, so claim His sustaining promises today!