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Be thankful for things of the past
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David said in Psalms 77:11, “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” King David was remembering God’s faithfulness to him is his past.

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, think about ways the Lord has been faithful to you. He was faithful in that you were able to hear the gospel message that revealed the fact of your need to be saved.

You felt convicted of your sins and your need for Jesus in your life. You probably had someone who witnessed to you through words or through a changed life before you. For this you need to be thankful.

The Lord has also touched so many by healing your physical bodies. Some of you can remember those times when you or a family member received a bad medical report and you took the need to your heavenly Father and he brought about or helped bring about healing. For this you still need to be thankful.

Some can remember times of sorrow, pain or grief – maybe the loss of a loved one – where if it wasn’t for the Lord’s help and comfort, you wouldn’t have made it through. For these times you need to be thankful.

Some have experienced times where there was a lack of finances, maybe the need of a job, and since you put the Lord first in your life, you trusted in his promises to meet your needs, and he did. For all of these times, you are thankful.

For some of you, your past life was wrapped around addictions and bad habits, but when you trusted in Jesus Christ you were delivered from them. For this you are thankful.

For all of us, there have been answered prayers of all kinds where we needed direction, wisdom and answers and we received what we asked for. For these answered prayers, we are thankful.

I could go on and on, but the truth of the matter is that we need to do what the old hymn suggests and that is to “count your blessings” and realize that this Thanksgiving season gives us an opportunity to respond to God’s goodness.

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