Thanksgiving Humility

Thanksgiving may be seen as a time of bounty, of overcoming trial, of celebration, and of fellowship, but it should also be known as a time of humility.  Thanksgiving (the attitude) shouldn’t be masked with false humility, but rather proceeds from humility.

The Pilgrims held a thanksgiving festival, not to create an excuse to party, but because they were filled with a deep and humble realization that their survival did not come from the labor of their hands, but from the bounty of the merciful and loving God Almighty!

He is who we are giving thanks to; for the turkey on the table, because in patience and kindness He has preserved His people, and for the harvest of our faith, because by His love He has poured out His bounty and reserved for us the bounty of our inheritance that is to be revealed at the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

JAMES 4:6-10

6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: 

      “ God resists the proud,
      But gives grace to the humble.”

7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify yourhearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Abiding humbly before God is to abide in the Grace of God (Proverbs 3:34)- before each of us are the sufferings of this world; who among us will never see the trials of sickness and famine, of temptations and burdens?  Furthermore, who among us has never sinned?  For surely we have all transgressed the Lord and been brought low by evil.  But lift up thanksgiving with joyful hearts that through the blood of Christ our sins have been wash away and through the cross by the power of the resurrection of the Holy Spirit we have been made new creations, to walk no more in sin!

Thus, God gives grace to the humble still even more!

Draw near to God: pray in famine, in suffering, in sickness, in temptations and burdens.  Pray also in joy, rejoicing, bounty, and harvest.  Pray always to the Lord.  Come to Him for your purification- let the Lord set straight your hearts and minds by the way of His discipline.  When the Holy Spirit comes and convicts you concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment, lament and mourn with weeping- humble yourselves before the Almighty Lord!

PSALM 147:6

The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.

When the scripture says, “The LORD lifts up the humble”, it speaks towards a promise fulfilled in Christ:

PROVERBS 10:28

28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the expectation of the wicked will perish.

ISAIAH 51:11

So the ransomed of the LORD shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

The LORD is making for Himself a humble people: those whom He has promised to beautify with salvation and give light to their lamps: the prideful are removed, and now in Zion dwell the humble with thanksgiving and gladness- Amen!

PSALM 18:27-28

 27 For You will save the humble people,
But will bring down haughty looks.

28 For You will light my lamp;
The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

PSALM 149:4

 4 For the LORD takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.

ZEPHANIAH 3:11-12

11 In that day you shall not be shamed for any of your deeds
In which you transgress against Me;
For then I will take away from your midst
Those who rejoice in your pride,
And you shall no longer be haughty
In My holy mountain.
12 I will leave in your midst
A meek and humble people,
And they shall trust in the name of the LORD.

ISAIAH 51:3

For the LORD will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.

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