Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving
As I was praying last night and thanking God for my blessings, I wanted the Spirit to speak to me through His Word.  I had been sick and watched alot of movies on Netflicks.  My mind had been bombarded with things of this world.  Some of the things I had been watching left me with a sense of hopelessness.    I opened my Bible and turned to Colossians  which gave me a mental picture of  Christians who are in union with Jesus having roots deeply planted in Him.  The overflow of being in Christ is thanksgiving.  The warning from Paul was to be built up in Him, not to follow men's ideas of the material rather than the spiritual.

We celebrate Thanksgiving because the pilgrims chose to give thanks to God even when over half of their friends and family members had died in the first winter.  They knew their focus was on Jesus, the author of their faith.  Every good thing comes from God.  The harvest came and gave  food to sustain their bodies for the next winter.  The Pilgrims had roots deeply planted in Christ.  The overflow of being in Jesus gave us our first Thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:6-10  Amplified version

6 As you have therefore received Christ, (even) Jesus the Lord, (so) walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.

7 Have the roots  (of your being) firmly and deeply planted  (in Him, fixed and founded in Him), being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.

8 See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men's ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding (the teachings of
of) Christ (the Messiah).

9 For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form (giving complete expression of the divine nature).

10 And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life  (in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- and reach full spiritual stature].  And He is the head of all rule and authority {of every angelic principality and power}. 

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