Sacrifices Pleasing to God

Posted on October 27, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call

“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” Hebrews 13:15-16 NASB.

As the temperatures cool and Fall approaches, it will not be long until we are gathering with family and friends for Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving may be difficult to find things to be grateful for. My family faces our first Thanksgiving since the homegoing of my sister-in-law and mother-in-law. This will not be an easy day to celebrate. You and I will need to practice how to “offer up a sacrifice of praise to God.” But thanks we can and we will give if we are willing to look for God’s provision in the midst of our circumstances. It is a sacrifice to turn our eyes away from what we don’t have to what we are blessed to still have and to know that if we only had Jesus, He would be enough. In the midst of grief I have 25 years of memories and I have the hope of seeing family, now with Christ, again.

Asking why and complaining would be easy. Choosing to praise by giving thanks is a sacrifice we give, not in our own strength, but through Him. We need to practice what we sing:
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.”

Recently, I had a phone conversation with one of our Visionary Partners. For as long as I have known Mrs. J she has been unemployed. Each phone call would end with her saying, “I will give as long as I can!” For two years she has been unemployed. For two years we have prayed for her situation to change. For two years she has continued to support this ministry. During our last conversation Mrs. J. once again, with joy, said “I will give as long as I can!” But this time she also shared that she would be going out later that day to pick up some free food. The extent of her situation was apparent. But the extent of her obedience and sacrifice also became crystal clear. This is what it means to give sacrificially. I know this is pleasing to God.

Paul says this. “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little” Philippians 4:11-12 NEV.

Twice Paul shares the secret – I have learned. Between now and Thanksgiving you and I have time to learn to be content, to live with much or little, to offer praise and thanksgiving, to continue to do good, to share AND please God!


Written by Kathy Withers: Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.

Think About This: “You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him.” — A.W. Tozer

The Daily Bible Reading: John 13-16 | You can download our 2020 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here. 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward [c]us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. -2 Peter 3:8-9

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.

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