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Bishop Blake: Why We Should Be Thankful

As we enter into the Holiday Season, Bishop Charles E. Blake reminds us that “it’s appropriate to give thanks” to God for all He’s done.  As Bishop reflects upon some of the ways in which God has blessed us, he inspires us to join him in giving thanks. 

The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness; the world and those that dwell therein; for He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. You’ve got something to be thankful for because God made the universe just for you.

God has brought us together; enabling us to accomplish all that we have. Every corner of this world of ours has been touched by our coming together for the glory of God.  You just might feel that you’ve got nothing to be thankful for and no one to thank.  You may not be where you’d like to be, however, but at least you’re not where you once were. 

If you’ve risen even an inch above your lowest level, then you’ve got something to thank God forGod is good. Progress is being made.

“You’ve got something to be thankful for because God made the universe just for you.” – Bishop Charles E. Blake

It’s appropriate to give thanks.  To be thankful is to be conscious of a benefit received.  Every day above the ground is a good day; where there is life, there is hope. 

Focusing on the good, focusing on the positive, is physically and mentally uplifting and healthy. It’s motivating and it’s energizing. 

When you thank Him, you focus on the positive, and not on the negative; it lifts your spirit and your soul. When you thank Him, you increase your faith.  You open the door for miracles and you open the door for blessings.

Most of the things that people have done for you were not done because you were so beautiful. They were not done because you were so valuable or intelligent, but rather because of the kindness that resides in the human spirit.  

You may be wrapped up in cars, in clothes, in non-essential things; you may be wrapped up in what people are doing on television. But listen: don’t get wrapped up in those things; realize that you need to be thankful to Almighty God!

Everyone has a reason to be thankful; every week ought to be Thanksgiving Week.  The believer, more than anyone else on the planet, knows just how good the Lord has been to him or her.

It’s time to give thanks unto the Lord.

Adapted from the sermon, “To Whom and For What Are You Thankful?”  at West Angeles COGIC.

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Psalm 24:1-2Psalm 126:1, Psalm 107:1 & 8, Romans 1:18, Psalm 121:2 , Psalm 8:3, Psalm 126:3, Psalm 100:4, Jeremiah 9:24, Acts 17:21.

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