A Daily Word from the Word for Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2014
“Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causes through us thanksgiving to God.” – 2 Corinthians 9:11
Happy Thanksgiving, family! Greetings from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Who is our Thanksgiving! How thankful are you on today, my brother? How are you acknowledging your enrichment on this anointed occasion, my sister? This is the day the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24).
I said to God the other day “If you never do another thing for me, you have already done more than enough, my Holy Father!” And I meant it! Now of course, God will continue to bless us immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine according to His Holy Spirit Who is at work within every believer (Ephesians 3:20), but are we missing something? Are we putting the temporal cart before the spiritual horse?
Our Great Provider most definitely desires to bless us financially, just look no further than Abraham or King Solomon. He wants to bless us in every way: spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. Saint John leaves us an incredible tip as he imparts these rich words: “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers (3 John 1:2). But here’s the rub (no pun intended on turkey day—get it? Rub, turkey :-) ): can you honestly say (and mean it) that if God never does another thing for you, that He has already done enough?
Let’s crack open our study verse and pull out the stuffing (I am on a buttered roll today, folks!). The Greek word for “enriched” is ploutizo (pr. ploo-tid-zo) which means “to figuratively make wealthy, make rich, abundance, valuable bestowment” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). The reference to wealth is figurative, which means that every believer is already enriched with spiritual wealth! Jesus Christ is our exceedingly great Reward! He is our Beginning and our End, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Genesis 15:1, Revelation 22:13, Hebrews 12:2). The King of kings and Lord of lords, this precious and priceless Son of God and Son of man, died so all who believe on His Name will be saved! (John 3:16-17, Romans 10:13). He is your promised treasure Who found you and saved you from eternal damnation. If it wasn’t for Jesus, you would be eternally lost. That means forever and ever and ever and keep going. Get a grip, brother! Grab hold of this, sister!
Webster defines “wealthy” as “characterized by abundance, profusion”; where profusion means “pouring forth liberally.” Jesus, who is not just our Reward, but our exceedingly great Reward, poured Himself out, forth, and into every believer liberally. Wow! I am about to go sit down somewhere and go stare at a wall (right after I finished the Lord’s work).
Bestowment is to “deposit, put to use.” Before we received Christ, we were dead in our sins, but then Jesus came and brought us back to life! (Colossians 2:13). He deposited His Holy Spirit into us and made us useful. He made us bountiful, which in the Greek is haplotes (pr. hap-lot-ace), meaning “singleness.” Webster defines “singleness” as “unbroken.” Is this truly amazing or what?! We were once dead and broken, yet God, through the person of His Son, brought us back to life and un-broke us! We are no longer spiritually broken or bankrupt. We hit the spiritual jackpot when we found Christ (or I should say, Christ found us, and we came to Him). If you aren’t broke spiritually, then you have no business being broke in the natural.
The Apostle Paul testifies of this truth as He elevates “The Son is the Image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His Blood, shed on the cross” (Colossians 1:15-20). My, my, my, my, my! Lord have mercy! Clearly, He already did—above and beyond, exceedingly, abundantly, outrageous, incomprehensible, far-reaching, unconditional, and unreserved mercy! And you said you ain’t rich? (I had to go slang on you. That’s how serious this is!). Again, If God never did another thing for you or for me, He already has done more than enough.
So thanksgiving should ooze out of us! I know, I have been stuck on this ooze word this past week. But it should! Like juices out of a fresh-baked turkey. We should be oozing with gratitude. Thanksgiving, as used here, is “a state of being grateful, thankfulness, grateful language (to God, as an act of worship).”
On this Thanksgiving Day, and every day after, let our state be one of perpetual thankfulness, and our love language be of gratitude to and for a Holy Father, Who emptied Himself out so that we could be filled to overflowing.
Father, we just want to say “thank You” today. Happy Thanksgiving, Papa! We are sorry for not being more grateful to You. Help us to enter Your gates with thanksgiving and Your courts with praise; giving thanks to You and praising Your Name (Psalm 100:4). We lift up our heads because the King of Glory has come in! (Psalm 24:7). In Jesus Name, we thank You for You. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to wake up, walk in, and go to bed with overwhelming gratitude for your Father’s love, grace, and mercy. Thank God morning, noon, and night for Who He is for you and in you, and how He loves you, showers His love and favor upon you, and keeps you in all of your ways. Let your thankfulness overflow for your exceedingly great Reward. And continue to fight the good fight of staying in a state of enriching thanksgiving; for God, your Too Blessed to be stressed, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.