The basic evidence of our sin and depravity is this: we do not honor God as God and we are not thankful. Gratitude is not in us. Even the day assigned to give thanks is, for most of us, about turkey, parades and football more than blessings.
Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks.
Romans 1:21 AMPC
But the problem is solved! The Only person who has been grateful since Eden is Jesus Christ, Son of God. And He lives within His born-again believers by the Holy Spirit. The way to describe the Spirit is this: the Spring of Living Water.
Who is the Spring of Living Water?
A spring is a source and it pours day and night, year after year, and never, ever gives out. This water is Living, not merely thirst-quenching but producing and infusing Life. Turn to the Spirit daily and often. He is so gentle and lovely. He will give you as much water as you are willing to drink of His presence and wisdom and riches.
Jesus gave this Samaritan woman the great secret of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.
John 4:14 AMPC
Once I was ill for some months. I was not able to do much and I felt that I had been a dry desert. But Don Nelson said, “Well, you may feel that way, but you have been pouring out revelation on us the whole time.”
I was amazed! I said, “Really? I can’t see that!” And then others spoke up and said the same.
Living Water Never Stops Flowing
Outwardly, there was nothing much going on. I did have peace and in many deep ways I was resting. And inwardly, that river of Living Water was unhindered by me or my condition. The river flows because it is life eternal – it is not subject to the conditions of our natural life!
Truly the living water of the Spirit is always “flowing, bubbling continually within and (establishing) eternal life!” Sustenance from Him. WITHIN! Satisfying to you and supplying those around you. And that amazing inner satisfaction cannot be silent. You run to tell it. You want others to drink!
This Holy One, the Spirit, is pouring forth an unstoppable testimony of Christ and a continuous worship of God. The indwelling of the Spirit is unceasing in praise, worship and testimony.
The Living Water of Thanksgiving
Jennifer said to me one day, “Martha, I love the world, and I’m not supposed to love the world.” She was troubled. I paused to listen to the Lord and this question came to me. “What is it you love about the world?”
She said, “I drive up the mountains and I just love the beauty and the trees.”
Oh, Jennifer, “That’s not love of the world, that is love of God. The more you know Him, the more you love His creation and you can see Him in it.” I told her that love of the world was loving its values, its gods. I looked back to Romans 1:19.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen…
This Thanksgiving Day, we can be thankful for all of God’s practical blessings, the beauty of His creation. Then we can thank Him for the Beloved Son Who was given to us to die, so that we may live. And all because of the great and enormous love of God for the world!
And we can thank God for the Blessed Holy Spirit, whose river of praise and gratitude can flow unceasingly INSIDE the believer! And we can actually know the thanksgiving of God Himself from deep within us by that Living River.
Father, let us experience the Holy Spirit’s great exuberant gratitude in worship, and let it bubble up from that River flowing within!
The true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
John 4:23 NASB