Ugly Black Friday secret

The leftovers are eaten and Thanksgiving is a memory now. I pray we remember it fondly and that we took advantage of the holiday.

Thanksgiving is a hallowed day in the pantheon of holidays. Sadly, though, it is being forgotten.

Retail rules the landscape and in their world, Thanksgiving is a non-profit enterprise.

The repugnant “Black Friday” is now trampling Thanksgiving by beginning a day earlier. People lose all evidence of sanity and become wild animals, attacking one another just to get a new phone or toy.

Americans are a hypocritical people. We criticize the government for spending money they don’t have and endangering the existence of our nation. Yet, Americans live on credit cards and refuse to save money in their insatiable hunger for materialism.

Speaking of hypocrisy, too often God’s people complain that sinners ignore God when we often do the very same thing.

God’s people should have 365 Thanksgiving days a year.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4Psalm 100:4
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4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, And into his courts with praise: Give thanks unto him, and bless his name.

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, NKJV).

Our entire existence in Christ is brimming with blessings (Ephesians 1:3Ephesians 1:3
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3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ:

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). God’s people should be exuberant with praise for our blessed Lord. Everywhere we look, we see God’s glory.

Nevertheless, we are like the lepers who did not come back to thank God for their healing (Luke 17:12-19Luke 17:12-19
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12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off: 13 and they lifted up their voices, saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go and show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, with a loud voice glorifying God; 16 and he fell upon his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were not the ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 Were there none found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger? 19 And he said unto him, Arise, and go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

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* God gives us everything (Matthew 6:25-34Matthew 6:25-34
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25 Therefore I say unto you, be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? 26 Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value then they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? 28 And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

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), and we complain that we have nothing. * God never leaves us (Hebrews 13:5Hebrews 13:5
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5 Be ye free from the love of money; content with such things as ye have: for himself hath said, I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee.

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), but we sigh that God is nowhere to be found. * God provides all the answers (2 Timothy 3:16-172 Timothy 3:16-17
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16 Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: 17 that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.

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), but we lament that God doesn’t help us.

We need to shed the materialism of the world and return to the Word before we forget what Thanksgiving really means. Thank God daily and he will bless us constantly.

–Richard Mansel @ www.forthright.net

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