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Pastor Phil Derstine  11-26-23


Thanksgiving is a 1-day National Holiday

  • Established by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 – Yet many people today are very UNTHANKFUL 
  • II Timothy 3:1-2 “In the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy." 
  • Thanks-Living is a POWERFUL tool in the spiritual realm… it releases the POWER OF GOD. 


Thanks Living is...


  1. A Way of Thinking - We teach our children to say “Thank you” thru repetition…."Now, what do you say?"
    • An attitude, not just words
  • Ephesians 5:20 “Giving thanks always, for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus…”
  • Not based on what you HAVE or don’t have. 


  1. A Door of Entry - entry into repentance, forgiveness, faith, finances… enter HIS GATES
    • Into a deeper Supernatural Realm - A way to get out of one place and into another.
  • Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, & into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him.”
  • Thanks giving can bring a Change of your SEASON.


  1. A Sacrifice - Story of Jonah - He learned to be thankful in the belly of a great fish (Value of Storms, Pandemics)
  • Jonah 2:9 “But I will sacrifice unto thee with voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed…”
    • God sent Storm - Jonah rebellious, running from God, asleep in the boat.
    • God sent Fish - Then Jonah prayed…. “In my distress…”
    • God sent Revival - Jonah was angry, not grateful
    • God sent Vine, Worm, Scorching wind, & Sun - Jonah still learning.
  • Psalm 50:14 (NIV) Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High. (15) And call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”


  1. How to Pray
  • Find something to be Thankful for!
  • Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
  • Count what you HAVE, not what you DON'T have!
  • Mark 6:38 (Feeding of the 5,000) "How many loaves do you have?  Go and See!"


  1. An Act of Faith 
    • Something done in ADVANCE of the answer from God!
  • I Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
  • In the midst of everything…
  • Luke 17:19 (10 lepers) “And He said unto him Arise, go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole(Sozo)
  • Faith that returns Thanks!