November 29, 2020 | Nick Agazarian
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
- to be thankful, to express appreciation for benefits or blessings, give thanks, express thanks, render/return thanks, to pray
Ephesians 5:18-20... "always give thanks"
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18... "give thanks in all circumstances"
Walking in THANKFULNESS every day of our lives.
When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise the Lord, as prescribed by David king of Israel. With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side. As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea. But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
In order to walk in thankfulness in our lives, we must prioritize thankfulness as foundational in our prayers and our thought life. We must also prioritize the promises that God has for us. These promises are for streams of living water to invade our lives, providing healing, provision and life when all hope seems lost.
Reflections, Thoughts; Questions:
Re-read Ezra 3:10-11. What words or phrases stand out to you? Why? What do you think God is speaking to you through these verses today?
Re-read Ezekiel 47:1-12. What words or phrases stand out to you? Why? What do you think God is speaking to you through these verses today?
Why do you think being thankful and grateful is so important to our attitude about life?
Have you struggled in this recent season to be thankful for things, people, or even God? Why or why not?
What are practical ways you can make a spirit of thankfulness foundational in your prayer life and daily walk with the Lord?
As you reflect on this message, list three promises from God for which you are thankful. Why did you pick these promises? What can you do to make these promises a top priority in your thought process and prayer life?
Pray: Lord Jesus, help me to make thanksgiving foundational in my life, and help me to prioritize, and be thankful for, the promises of living water that only you can provide. Amen.