There have been many sermons preached on Thanksgiving, and with so many messages, it can be hard to find a different way to approach the topic.
I had been rereading the story of the Pilgrims and reviewing their history, and I had this question: Why were they thankful?
They had no Walmart, cars, air conditioning, no Lowe’s to buy tools at, no electricity, shopping malls, paved roads, cellphones, hospitals, nice homes, refrigerators, and no microwaves. Why were they thankful?
The storms they faced were frightful. There was hardly any food. A lot of settlers became sick, and many didn’t recover. Over half of the company died. When Spring rolled around, the wheat seeds they had brought from Europe wouldn’t grow in the stony soil. When their supplies wore out, their sponsors across the sea refused to replenish them. The first time the Pilgrims sent a shipment of goods to England, it was seized by pirates.
What did they have to be thankful for?
Let me tell you a secret to happiness: gratitude.
If you find a happy person, you have found someone who is thankful. Most people tend to think that being unhappy leads to complaining, when really, it’s complaining that leads to a lack of happiness. With everything that has gone on and is still going on in the world today, sometimes we could bring ourselves to wonder what we have to be thankful for.
Psalms 100:3. Psalms 95:6. John 1:3. God made us. He woke us up this morning and spared our lives. We owe Him some thanks for that.
1 Thessalonians 5:18. When we find ourselves overwhelmed with worries and burdened about tomorrow, we should thank God and should praise Him for who He is and for His promise to never leave nor forsake us.
Hebrews 13:15. Hosea 14:2. Now, Hosea was in the old covenant, and back then a person had to bring offerings dripping blood to the Lord. But Hosea was telling people here that there was coming a day when they wouldn’t have to bring a pigeon or ram. In that day, all that would be needed was the calves of their lips, which is to say, the sacrifice of their praise unto Him.
Leviticus 7:11-12. God is the King of Kings and a person should never come into His presence without an offering. In the old covenant, it had to be a blood sacrifice. But we are in the New Covenant, and under the New Covenant our praise, our thanksgiving, is a sacrifice.
At the time that Jesus overturned the tables at the temple, people were buying animals to sacrifice. Jesus didn’t want people using their money to buy a sacrifice that they never got attached to. Jesus wanted the people to realize that the lamb they were sacrificing had a heartbeat and wanted to have a life. Jesus wanted the people to know that it wasn’t their money that bought the sacrifice, it was the blood of that little lamb.
2,000 years ago, the Lamb of God walked up a hill called Calvary and was wounded for our transgressions, and He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we were healed. Hebrews 9:7,12,24. He is our High Priest and the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. There will never again be a need for a natural sacrifice. He deserves our sacrifice.
Colossians 3:15,17. Colossians 4:2. Philippians 4:6. I’ve been really trying to work on this in my prayer life. At times when I come to the Lord with a lost soul to pray for, I like to praise Him when I pray for them and say, “Thank you, Lord, that they are still alive and there’s still hope that they can be saved.”
What do we have to be thankful for?
We should be thankful our sins have been washed away, thankful that we are forgiven. If our heart stops today, we can know that we are on our way to a land where the roses never fade, and no twilight shadows deepen. We will be on our way to a land with no night or darkness. 1 Corinthians 5:17. Romans 8:1. Raise your hands and praise the Lord because your past has been blotted out. You are a new creature in Christ and your past is erased!
Those Pilgrims buried half of their own and suffered for months, but still, they instituted a day of thanks after all of that. How much better are our conditions than theirs? As a whole, let’s kick the devil in the head and give up the complaining attitude. Being unthankful is one step away from being unholy. Complaining is like a garment, and we need to take it off and throw it aside.
We should be thankful that Jesus never changes.
James 1:17. Jesus is the First, the Last, the Beginning, and the End. He changes not, and He’s everywhere. He’s God in Athens, Tennessee, and God in China at the same time. He was, is, and is to come. Revelation 1:8. Isaiah 44:6.
We ought to be thankful that Jesus loves us.
Romans 5:8. Jesus didn’t wait until we got saved or got the Holy Ghost to love us. He loves people even if they have a needle in their arm or a bottle in their hand. We should be thankful that Jesus loves us even in our worst times. Isaiah 53:6.
Let us not wait until Thanksgiving to be thankful. Let’s start today, right now, at this very moment, and give the Lord some gratitude for all He’s done, all He is doing, and all He will do for us. Praise the Lord!!!
— Pastor Anthony Wynn
2 Peter 1:5-9
This passage of Scripture is not talking about lost people. It’s referring to carnal church people. At one time, there was a passion in these people and a desire to love the Lord, but they let that passion, that burden, slip away and they forgot that they had been purged from their sins.
Most of us are familiar with the term ‘amnesia.’ When a person has amnesia, for a time they will forget things such as their name, where they came from, who they used to be, or what happened to them. Most of the time it is temporary.
If there is natural amnesia, then is there spiritual amnesia?
Can a person be truly born again and have an experience with the Lord, then forget that experience? Apparently, that’s what Peter is saying in the passage of Scripture I listed above.
Forgetting God’s goodness will push you away from church, prayer, and your commitment to the Lord. It creates a spiritual emptiness that the enemy will try to fill with other things.
Our generation is working tirelessly to water down the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The powers of Hell are working overtime to push us toward humanism and make sure we allow anything and everything. Messages are posted everywhere and are being slipped into TV shows, even kid’s cartoons.
We have to remember; God is still God, and the Bible is still right.
Here are a few things we have to be diligent to remember.
Don’t forget you are growing even if it doesn’t seem like it.
If we aren’t careful, we may forget how much we have progressed spiritually in the Lord. Remember that even though it may not look like you are growing, you are. You are growing just by staying in church. You are growing just by keeping the enemy under your feet. Ephesians 4:15. You can’t compare the rate of your growth with someone else’s. Perhaps some people have conquered other things faster than others, but God is working on all of us. If you stay discouraged all the time because you feel like you’re not growing in the Lord, it will take all your peace and victory.
Don’t forget God’s ways.
Proverbs 3:1-2. If we just honor God’s word, He will give us long life and peace. Jeremiah 2:32. Deuteronomy 8:18-19. If we forget God, our life will fall apart in a minute.
I believe that sometimes people forget how rotten they were before God saved them.
They forget where God has brought them from and now that they are in church and doing good, they look down on anyone else that isn’t where they are. If it wasn’t for the grace of God, some of us would be in prison or even a cemetery. I know that if it hadn’t been for the mercy of God, I would have died a long time ago. 2 Peter 2:20-22.
Sometimes, we forget that it’s not just us and the devil.
Sometimes, when the devil is working really hard to destroy us, we can forget that it’s not just us and the devil. There is a great, big God involved in this picture. There is the Eternal Creator that loves us and is walking with us and fighting for us.
You are a child of God. Don’t forget He has great plans for you and your life. Stay in His presence and remember most of all that He loves you more than you could ever imagine!
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— Pastor Anthony Wynn
You can drive, but do you have the authority to do so? Even if you have the authority to drive a Volkswagen or a Ford, you may not have the authority to drive a tractor-trailer. You may have the ability and the know-how if you’ve driven one before, but if you don’t have a license to drive one, then you don’t have the authority.
Authority is the right to control, command, or determine. It also refers to the power to enforce laws, exact obedience, and to determine or judge.
Authority is more than a motion or doing a deed. Check out Acts 19.11-16.
It’s not enough to have our names in the Book of Life. We have to walk in such a way that even Hell recognizes us. We need to live a life so committed to God that when the enemy sees us coming, he’ll know that we are children of God.
Genesis 1:28. When did this authority come to you? If a man has a son, the authority to take care of that son comes to the man when the son is first given to him. When the Holy Ghost is given to you, that’s when authority is given to you. When the Spirit of the Lord comes to you, there is an authority, a power, that comes with it.
Authority doesn’t come easy.
We have to take it. We have to stand up and let the enemy know that we have power over him. We are coming to him in the name of the Lord. When we get the real Holy Ghost, it’s more than just speaking in tongues. If we have the real Holy Ghost, when we stand up, angels will stand up with us. The power of God will stand up with us.
You are not a push-over, a use-to-be, or a has-been. You are ordained for this time, chosen for this season. This is your time to stand up, tell your past that you aren’t who you used to be, and open up a new chapter of your life. This is your day to stand up and fight!
Luke 10:19. Power means the ability or strength with which one is endued. If you are a born-again child of God, you have power. Mark 16.17-18. I keep finding the words ‘shall they.’ If we’ve never cast out a devil, we’ve not used the power God’s given us. If we’ve not laid hands on the sick and they recover, we’ve not used the power that God has given us. When the enemy comes against you with temptation, depression, and oppression, serve notice on the devil that you have authority. Take authority over him and tell him to stay away from your mind and your family, your finances, your anointing, and the call God has on your life. When God moved into your heart, authority did too.
James 4:7. A lot of the time, we are told by some people to submit and then told what we can’t do.
But this shouldn’t be just about what we can’t do, but what we can do. The reason why some people have to be told to submit all the time is because they don’t want to live right. We should have the desire to go all the way with the Lord. We are children of God, and when we are willing to be crucified with Christ then we have the right to see visions, walk in the anointing, and have the heart of Jesus. We have a right to win the lost and set the captive free, and to rebuke every power and principality in our communities.
Take a look at James 4:7 again. You cannot resist if you do not submit. Why will he flee when you submit? Because when you fully surrender and the fullness of God comes into your life, the devil can’t handle it.
John 15:7. Isaiah 61:1. The Holy Ghost was not just for the book of Acts. What good would it do me for Paul to have the anointing to lay hands on the sick, but only give me the liberty to preach what Paul had done? The Holy Ghost is not just for the book of Acts, it is for today too! You can have the power of God. You can walk in the anointing of God.
The enemy will beat on you as long as you lean towards your flesh. But when you trust in the Lord and take authority over the enemy with the power that God has placed inside you, the enemy knows he cannot win. You have a greater power than worry and fear. Oppression has to break in the name of Jesus. Chains will break!
The almighty, powerful Jesus is walking with us on our journey to Heaven. We shouldn’t just barely make it through the gates. We should make it casting out devils and winning the lost. Yes, there are enemies to fight and Red Seas to walk through, but we can push those souls before us and pull those behind us, helping them make it home.
Things will try to hinder us from taking authority.
Matthew 14:29-30. We have to be careful in hard times and not focus too much on the problem. The winds of life will move our surroundings and magnify our problems like the winds made waves in the story of Peter walking on the water. If we aren’t careful, the problem will be all we talk about. If Peter would have kept his eyes on Jesus, he wouldn’t have sunk, no matter how tall the waves were.
When you get your eyes off Jesus, you lose your authority. You lose contact with God’s power. But Friend, God loves us so much! If we take our eyes off Him, He will be holding out His hand to pull us back.
We need to pick our authority back up! We can’t let our storms intimidate us. Let’s get our eyes on Jesus and take our authority back over satan in Jesus’ name!
— Pastor Anthony Wynn
Psalms 150:1. When we go to a restaurant, we go there to eat. When we go to a clothing store, we’re there because we want to buy some clothes. If we go to church, we want to worship the King.
Psalms 150:6. If you are reading this right now, that means you are alive and breathing. “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.” There are people who didn’t wake up today. We did. We may be facing big storms and rough trials, but we woke up. That’s a reason to praise the Lord.
If people can climb over rows and chairs to get on a football field to cheer for their favorite team, then why can’t we do the same praising Jesus? He won our victory on the cross. He gave us the opportunity to live forever in a place called Heaven where there will be no darkness or crying. He defeated death, Hell, and the grave, and we are on the winning side. We ought to shout and praise Him!
Why do we go to church?
Are we there just to be sung to or preached to? Or are we there to meet with the One that church is all about? We are there to honor the One who bled for us, the One who loved us when we were unlovable and reached for us when no one else would.
Isaiah 6:1. Way back when kings would win a victory, they would sew a piece of a garment to the end of their train. God had won so many victories by the time Isaiah rolled around, His train already filled the temple. For every storm, test, and trial He’s brought you through there has been a piece of a garment sewed to His train. We are not here because we are strong, or we just got lucky. We are here because of the King of Kings, and we should praise Him for every victory!
Revelation 4:6. If you don’t think you have anything to praise God for, then here’s something. Praise Him because He was, He is, and He is to come. He was the Lord, He is the Lord, and He will continue on being the Lord. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He still saves, heals, and delivers. If we praise Him, He will come, and when He comes then healing, victory, and deliverance come with Him.
The enemy knows he can’t stop a worshipper.
Genesis 22:5. Abraham was able to bring a boy who was destined to die off of the mountain he was supposed to be sacrificed on. Why? One of the reasons is that he was a true worshipper of God. Decide today to worship God continually and the enemy will watch you worship your way out of your storms. You can come out with a fresh anointing and joy, and peace in your mind.
2 Chronicles 20:22. Jehoshaphat was surrounded by the enemy, but he was prophesied to that he should go and fight because the battle was not his, but God’s. If you will just praise him like the children did in verse 22, then you don’t have to worry because God will fight for you. Keep on worshipping!
Psalms 34:1-3. Will I praise the Lord half-heartedly? Will I praise the Lord lazily? David said, “No, I will bless the Lord at all times!” We should praise God in the valley and praise Him on the mountain. We should praise God again and again with no limit to how much we praise Him.
Sometimes we think it’s enough to just think in our minds, “I love you, Lord.” But the Bible tells us to praise Him with our mouths. God’s praise should be continuously in our mouths. I want to give you a little challenge. When you come in contact with someone today, tell them God is good. Witness to them that God is faithful. Speak to them and praise God for His kindness.
In these end times, I believe there will be such a spirit of worship and praise sweeping through the house of God that cancer cells won’t be able to live, backsliders won’t be able to stay back in their seats, and lost souls will be saved. Such glory will fall that minds and bodies will be healed.
God is looking for someone who’s available, who is looking for His glory. He is looking for someone willing to open their mouth and praise Him.
Take about five minutes and worship the Lord, friend. He’s worthy of it. And when you worship Him with your whole heart, His presence will fill the place where you are, and with His presence comes healing, deliverance, and mercy. Praise God!
— Pastor Anthony Wynn