Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution, during the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes. As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God”.
SO IT’S NOT ABOUT EATING, SHOPPING, AND FOOTBALL?
THANKSGIVING= gratitude; actually grateful language (to God, as an act of worship): – thankfulness, (giving of) thanks (-giving).
Rev 7:11 All the angels were standing in a circle around the throne with the elders and the four living creatures, and they all fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
Rev 7:12 singing: “Amen! Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might belong to our God forever and ever! Amen!
BLESSING= fine speaking, that is, elegance of language;
GLORY=- dignity, glory, honor, praise, worship.
WISDOM= higher or lower, worldly or spiritual: – wisdom.
HONOR=- honor, precious, price
POWER = specifically miraculous power – ability, abundance, meaning, might), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.
MIGHT=ability, might, power, strength.
John 4:23-24 From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.”
NOT FOR WHAT WE CAN GET, BUT FOR WHO HE IS!
GIVE THANKS THROUGH, NOT FOR, ALL THINGS
Act 16:23 After they were severely beaten, they were thrown into prison and the jailer was commanded to guard them securely.
Act 16:24 So the jailer placed them in the innermost cell of the prison and had their feet bound and chained.
Act 16:25 Paul and Silas, undaunted, prayed in the middle of the night and sang songs of praise to God, while all the other prisoners listened to their worship.
Act 16:26 Suddenly, a great earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. All at once every prison door flung open and the chains of all the prisoners came loose.
Act 16:27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.
Act 16:28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”
Act 16:29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.
Act 16:30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Act 16:31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
BLESSING COME WHEN WE WALK THROUGH
1Co 15:57 But we thank God for giving us the victory as conquerors through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One.
1Co 15:58 So now, beloved ones, stand firm and secure. Live your lives with an unshakable confidence. We know that we prosper and excel in every season by serving the Lord, because we are assured that our union with the Lord makes our labor productive with fruit that endures.
1Th 5:16-18 Let joy be your continual feast. Make your life a prayer. And in the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.
REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS!
1Co 11:23 I have handed down to you what came to me by direct revelation from the Lord himself. The same night in which he was handed over, he took bread
1Co 11:24 and gave thanks. Then he distributed it to the disciples and said, “Take it and eat your fill. It is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”
1Co 11:25 He did the same with the cup of wine after supper and said, “This cup seals the new covenant with my blood. Drink it—and whenever you drink this, do it to remember me.”