Two clear words are on my heart today as we prepare to give thanks to God for His faithful provision and blessings. This morning, in that awakening moment where you are not sure if you are still dreaming, I heard the still small voice of my Heavenly Father distinctly in two thoughts.
First, BE THANKFUL. Yesterday, Doreen and I stopped by to see our “spiritual daughter”, Laura, at her store downtown. We always honor her as the one who taught us how to pronounce this holiday. (She actually teaches a class in how to speak Southern.) I used to say Happy ThanksGIVING, but she emphasized the first syllable: Happy THANKSgiving. And she is right, of course. This day is about being thankful.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4
Doreen and I are thankful for our daughters who all work hard at two jobs. They are full-time mothers of our seven grandchildren, and they also each work part-time in second jobs to help with the family budgets. Thank you Jesus, for our wonderful daughters.
As a matter of fact, God takes our thankfulness very seriously. He ranks the lack of being thankful as a major sin, linked with denying God!
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:21
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Colossians 3:15
Second, A NEW WARNING. I also heard a very sobering prophetic warning in the early hours today for the United States: There will be martyrs. The influx of radical Islam, coupled with the rise of anarchy through the Occupy movement, is spiraling down toward death and mayhem. Pray that God will extend mercy for another season. Pray for the elections next year that God would raise up His choices. We should not rely on the historic blessings to continue on our land if we defy the living God of Israel. For several generations now we have drifted away from our spiritual roots. We are sounding more and more like those described in Romans 1 (quoted above). We have been so blessed, it is hard to imagine the judgments coming. Many in our nation have turned to pagan gods, abortion, pornography, greed and blasphemy. Many have rejected the God of our fathers.
As we pause to celebrate THANKSgiving tomorrow, let us also pray that our nation would repent and turn back to Yehovah God and serve Jesus, His Son and our Messiah.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists (READ MORE)