It’s that time of the year again. The leaves are falling, the temperature dropping and the light disappears earlier in the afternoon. It’s time again for another triple holiday. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are here again.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday time. A time when we reflect on the nations history and remember the grace of God upon our fore fathers that sacrificed so much to come to this new land to establish a place for us to worship.

Thanksgiving, a time to gather around the family table with uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces enjoying the bounty of God’s good grace toward us for another year. It’s there that we renew the bond of family ties and where old familiar stories are retold and laugh about. And it’s at those family tables where purpose is redefined, visions is enlarged and where the nations foundation is straighten and guaranteed.

Many of us are familiar with that snap shot of Thanksgiving Day. After all, over 44 million of us are on the road, the rails or in the air somewhere today doing just that.“To grandmas house we go”.

But what is the view from God’s side? What does He have to say to us about being thankful and how does it affect our daily life and health?

One of the first scriptures that come to my mind is:

Ps 17:22 “ A merry heart doeth good like a medicine”.

Actually that verse is one of the platforms of truth in the divine healing lesions that we teach. How con one have a merry heart without having a thankful heart?

When a brother in the Lord that I know was diagnosed with a deadly sickness, his doctor listed all of the steps to recovery that he was going to use. Among them the doctor directed the brother to watch a funny movie everyday so that he could laugh out loud. A merry heart dose do gook like a medicine, within a matter of months he was totally cured.

The scripture repeatedly tell me to be thankful, and then warns me what the results are to those who are unthankful.

Paul, in his letter to his son Timothy includes the giving of thanks among the heavy weights of supplications, prayers and intercessions. (I Tim 2: 1)

Colossians 3:17 tells us that giving of thanks must be mixed in with everything that we do and say.

Ephesians then goes as far as to say that we should “ give thanks always for all things”. ( Eph 5:20)

However, herein lies the key:

A merry heart and thanksgiving are not just other words for a positive outlook or a “stiff upper lip” aptitude. Giving of thanks is to be directed to the one who makes it all possible. To the one who has created us and who has a wonderful plan in mind for us to have a successful and full life.

Colossians 1:12 declares that we are “to give thanks unto the Father who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints in the light”. (amp)

Then Ephesians 5:4 sets the standard for what thanksgiving is by showing us what it is not. “ Let no obscenity, indecency, silly or corrupt talk or course jesting which is not fitting or becoming, but instead voice your thanksgiving to God.

My prayer for you today is that you also will have a thankful heart as we celebrate this national day of remembering God’s favor on us as a people. In doing so I know that the favor of God will continue to bring you and your family health and prosperity through this coming year.

Remember that David tells us in Ps 100 that we enter His gates or presence with thanksgiving.


Be blessed in all that you do,

George Watkins





About drgeorgewatkins

"That the Kingdom of God will rule ,with power, on earth as it rules in Heaven." My life time quest. G.W. BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Rev. George Watkins pastored Christian Life World Outreach and Training Center in Mount Vernon, Washington for 29 years. He is director of George Watkins Ministries a.k.a. WORLDNet Ministries and has ministered through radio broadcasting, audio tape ministry, and a correspondence Bible course reaching into many countries of the world. Ministry teams have traveled with him to over twenty nations, working with local missionaries to establish churches, and conduct crusades and pastors’ seminars. George Watkins has authored several books: Women in Today’s Church, a scriptural insight into God’s intentions for both men and women to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ; Five Key Secrets to Long Life and Divine Health concerning God’s supernatural protection and promises to those who obey Him; and Staying Free, a mini-book used as a guide to maintaining freedom once delivered from the bondages of satan; Ask The Boy: stories through the eyes of those who were healed by the hands of Jesus. The Wisest Man I Have Ever Known: stories and parables teaching the truths of God’s word, as well as other teaching manuals. George Watkins has been active in the ministry for many years. He has a strong ministry to the local church as a seasoned veteran with his rich background as a pastor and evangelist. Many churches draw from his experience and consider him to be an integral part of their own ministries. His ministry is a blend of humor and straight forward teaching based on the belief that God means what He says, that His Word applies to our everyday, practical lives, and that it has power to make us whole in mind, body and soul. Rev. Watkins believes that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are to be used by every believer. He believes that using these spiritual tools will bring freedom to those in bondage. Rev. Watkins believes this is the age of the supernatural and will prove to be the Church’s finest hour. His vision is to equip the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission, making disciples of all nations. He has a unique ability to challenge the hearer to “sell out” to God, by faith, to fulfill God’s personal plan for your destiny. George and Arlis live in Mount Vernon, WA and are the parents of three adult children: Tony, Tiffany and Corbin.
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