The Overflow of Thanksgiving

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.” Ephesians‬ ‭5:18-21‬ ‭

Tomorrow, families will gather and gluttonize. I’m afraid that there will be little thanksgiving taking place. Why is that? Thanksgiving flows from something – the Spirit-filled life. The person who is full of the Holy Spirit, meaning that God has more and more of the believer, will overflow with thanksgiving. This thanksgiving will come in the forms of music and testimony. When you are filled with God’s Spirit, you can’t keep your mouth shut. You will sing even if you are not gifted musically. You will tell of His salvation because you are thankful for a changed life.

What comes out of your life is a reflection of the real you. If you are an ungrateful person with an entitlement mentality, don’t expect tomorrow (or any other day) to be any more than just another day where you reflect on self. If you want to be thankful, it begins with a relationship with Christ that leads to a Spirit-filled life. I’m ready for some real thanksgiving. What about you?

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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