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The Holidays – A Time To Be Thankful!

  Thanksgiving is typically marked by traditional American activities such as a good football game, family coming together – perhaps one of the few times a year – and a dinner which requires many hours of preparation, only to be devoured in minutes!  If we’re not careful, the importance of Thanksgiving may be easily lost.

  Then it’s off to the races… Christmas is in full swing, with decorating, budgeting for the extra expenses required to buy Christmas gifts.  I want to encourage you to stop amid the activities, and take a moment this year to thank God for all He has done in your life.  

  The fact that you are still alive and breathing; have overcome difficulties to this point speaks of the strength of the spirit God placed inside of you.  Whatever side of the tracks you live on, the greatest declaration of victory over the enemy of your soul is your ability to simply stop and be thankful to God, to stop and enjoy a special day; to be able to express joy and take a break from the difficulties speaks of our faith in God and the ability He has given each of us to overcome! 

   When we actively declare our faith is when things begin to change for the better. “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.  Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5, NKJV).  

  The Scriptures are given to us, yes, as a history, yes, as doctrine to guide us morally, but also as a powerful weapon by which we may overcome daily: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV).

  This passage deals with three powerful ways the Word of God may be deployed in our lives: 1) “Soul and spirit” – your soul is your mind, will and emotions.  Declare today that “The peace of God guards your heart and mind through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7, NKJV), and you will see it take place.  2) “Joints and marrow” – refers to your physical body.  Are you struggling to be healed? Declare today that “By His stripes we (you) are healed” (Isaiah 53:5, NKJV – brackets mine).  When you release your faith, you will begin to see a miracle take place!

  Finally, 3) “A discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” – It is essential to DAILY renew your mind to the Word of God – not just quickly reading a passage, but allowing the Word to change the way you think – how you SEE life.  When you see life as God sees it, victory is within your grasp.  Declare today that no matter how things look right now, God’s plans are to “Prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).  

Now that’s something to be thankful for!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit for further information.

  The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Times-Advocate.

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