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THE POWER OF A THANKFUL HEART #974/ EMBRACING THE HEART OF THE FATHER WITH DR. GEORGE WATKINS

November 23, 2022

THE POWER OF A THANKFUL HEART

 

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Today we celebrate as a nation what we call Thanksgiving day, and President Abraham Lincoln declared this unique national holiday in 1863. On the third Thursday of every November, the nation will take time to remember the goodness of God and be thankful.

I don't believe it was a coincidence that less than two years later, the Civil War ended on May 13, 1865. If I know my biblical history, I would say that an angel of the Lord came to Abraham Lincoln, spoke into his ear, and gave him those directions.

Based upon what I also know about the principles of the kingdom, what you honor will come to you. So during the greatest struggle our nation ever experienced, a seed of Thanksgiving was planted in the very womb of this nation.

Can you imagine the thoughts of the American people when Abraham Lincoln declared a day of Thanksgiving? Looking around them, they thought, how could there be anything to be thankful for? Look at the death and destruction all around us.

Knowing the human soul, I can imagine the despair and hopelessness that the nation was experiencing. Yet the angel of the Lord gave a directive to the nation's leader; turn the people toward a thankful heart, and this nation will be saved.

Today we are also in the middle of a divided nation. One side of the nation is determined to follow their own way and deny God himself. It is exhibited in the policies they try to push into law. They have been gripped by the hand of the deceiver who has always been opposed to God himself. If we continue down this path, we will lose our nation forever.

On the other side are men and women of faith in a God who has promised that he will be with them through all the trouble they will ever have. They remember the founding fathers and their dedication to this nation to Christianity so that it may be the light of the world. Many on this side don't propose to be Christians, but they live by Christian principles such as loving one another and freedom of movement, thought, and speech. 

If a spirit of Thanksgiving could turn the Civil War and bring victory, I believe the same spirit of Thanksgiving in this nation today will break the back of the deceiver that has tried to grip us.

In Philippians 4:6 it gives us three keys that will unlock our future through prayer;

It tells us to pray with supplications and Thanksgiving.

Then Colossians 2:7 admonishes us to continue in prayer and watch with Thanksgiving.

Let this Thanksgiving day be an outpouring of the Spirit of God into this nation once again.

 

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