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IEA Devo 2021 thanksgiving • Becoming a Disciple-Maker

Thanksgiving – The Disciple-Making Lifestyle

“…so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
(2 Corinthians 4:15)


Part One

The Bible says we are to continually be, “… filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18) Unless there is a restrictive dam of indifference, fear, or actively chosen sin – our love for God will steadily flow producing quiet inner peace and contentment. Our spiritual joy inspires our daily witness and a positive attitude of profound appreciation.

As you prepare your heart for Thanksgiving, never be content with yesterday’s gratitude. Ask the Lord to give you a more sensitive and responsive heart that is eager to do His will. Then you will experience new boldness in telling others about why you are so grateful! Remember, that the Lord Jesus should be thanked above anyone else for His totally underserved gift of grace. As Paul beautifully expressed it –

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”
(2 Corinthians 9:15)


Part Two

Thanksgiving is far more than a single day on our calendar. It is an attitude of appreciation for God’s love, provision, and endless kindness. We collectively express our heartfelt gratitude to Him as a celebration of our personal faith. The Apostle Paul wrote, “… we believe and therefore we speak.” (2 Corinthians 4:13)

Grace came to us from Calvary, changing our lives forever – so our gratitude comes from deep within our hearts. Because of God’s billions of blessings, heaven’s transforming message has been passed down from one century to another. This is how the world’s multitude of past seekers have found the joy of their salvation. God’s miracle of redeeming grace takes place in one heart after another as we share our Christian witness. May your conversation and prayers today reflect the true meaning of this wonderful occasion!)


Part Three

Jesus said, “Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” Today and every day, the life-giving power of God’s Spirit (see John 7:38-39) is energizing all those who have come to know Him. Streams do not labor, nor do they strain – they simply and serenely keep flowing. In that same manner as our Lord’s witnesses, we are to pray, trust, and relax while watching the Holy Spirit do His work! His amazing river of grace and truth overflows the banks of our lives.

Thanksgiving Day was about our gratitude to God for His abundant provision and the countless blessings He has given us. Let’s make every day like that — all year long!


By Billie Hanks Jr.

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