Summary: THANKSGIVING – Your Heart Condition Thanksgiving is much more than a holiday celebration; it is more heart condition! It is more than a celebration of food; it is the celebration of faith!
THANKSGIVING – Your Heart Condition
• Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Thanksgiving is much more than a holiday celebration; it is more heart condition! It is more than a celebration of food; it is the celebration of faith!
Satan does not want our heart to be free to thank God for His blessings; he wants us to have a heart attack! Satan doesn’t want you to have a celebration of faith but collated arteries of fear and worry.
Our lives are filled with WORRY. The English word for “WORRY” comes from an old Anglo-Saxon word which means “to strangle.” This is an apt description of the emotional pain we feel when we worry. What is strangled is our peace of mind. There is a way however to recapture peace of mind (and heart and soul!) even in the midst of trials and tribulations, it involves a process of correct thinking which will lead to correct living.
We need to learn to think differently if we are to act differently! We can do this by learning to take every thought into captivity. We can think differently as we develop an awareness of God’s presence in our lives and depend fully upon God and His strength to empower us to defend our hearts from worry fear and anything else Satan may want to use to turn our thoughts sour.
Here’s how one guy changed the focus of his prayer for Thanksgiving…
ILLUSTRATION: This Thanksgiving I’m thankful ... That there aren’t twice as many Congressman and half as many doctors. That grass doesn’t grow through snow, necessitating winter mowing as well as shoveling. That there are only twenty-four hours available each day for TV programming. That civil servants aren’t less civil. That teenagers ultimately will have children who will become teenagers. That I’m not a turkey. That houses still cost more than cars. That the space available for messages on T-shirts and bumpers is limited. That liberated women whose husbands take them for granted don’t all scream at the same time. That snow covers the unraked leaves. That hugs and kisses don’t add weight or cause cancer. That record players and radios and TV sets and washers and mixers and lights can be turned off. That no one can turn off the moon and stars. -- Christianity Today (Nov. 17, 1978), cited in the Pastor’s Story File, November 1991.
As believers thanksgiving should not be reserved for one day a year; for that matter we also shouldn’t withhold our thanksgiving for “Sundays only.” We should live a lifestyle of thanksgiving.