A Preacher’s Misconception
Part 37

Topic: Living to please God

Sub-Topic: Holidays(Thanksgiving)

Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year. This holiday about food and football, it can’t any better than that. Tonight we are continuing on the sub-topic of Holidays. We will be discussing the holiday of Thanksgiving. Should we celebrate this holiday or should we not? So far I am enjoying these lessons and learning about a lot of different things and I hope you are too.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespasses against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen.

Before we get started, here are some facts about Thanksgiving, that you should know.

• Today, Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks to God for all that he has done, however in the past Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Greeks and Romans to give thanks to their gods and not the true living God.
• Not everything was peaceful when it came to the history of Thanksgiving. For an example, the Native Americans use the day of thanksgiving for mourning for those who have died in the war between the Native Americans and the European settlers.
• During the height of the civil war in 1863, Abraham Lincoln made “Thanksgiving” a national holiday, that was used as a day for all Americans to ask God to shed his love to those who have become widows, orphans, and to heal mourners or sufferers and to heal the wounds of the nation.

Thanksgiving so far has a bloody history, but at the end or near the end, it ended wonderfully by Abraham Lincoln. In regards to Thanksgiving, this holiday has been awesome, but what do God think about it? Regardless of the nature of Thanksgiving, are we still suppose to not celebrate it. Thanksgiving is ultimately one day out of the whole year to give thanks to God. Realistically, we are to give thanks to God every day, Furthermore, we are not instructed by God to celebrate this holiday. Let us get into some scripture for the night.

Colossians 3:16-17
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Thanksgiving seems like a good holiday to celebrate, however, thanksgiving is not a tradition that should be celebrating. After taking a look at tonight’s first scripture we can already conclude that the Bible says “whatever you do, whether if it is in word or deed to do it in the name of the Lord Jesus”. Once we understand that then we are to be aware that by doing so. we are already giving thanks to God. The world often times want to create and control the world in the aspect of what we should do. Our minds have been molded since birth to celebrate man-made traditions. Instead of listening to God then we form our own opinion. While there is nothing wrong with celebrating Thanksgiving, we need to start over and stop celebrating a holiday a man made holiday and something that God did not tell us to celebrate.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.

This scripture sums up my point. While Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks to God, God tells us to give him thanks in every circumstance, not just once a year. With everything that we do, we must give thanks.

Next week will be on a new sub-topic. I have been wanting to address this topic for so long, I hope you will learn from it. Until next time be safe and be blessed, everyone.

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