In simple terms let me put it this way: Go to the Holy Spirit and the reason is Ephesians 5:20
"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;"
When Ephesians 5:18 (one of the Divine operating assets known as the filling of the Spirit) is applied we can GIVE THANKS REGARDLESS. Why? The answer is because we know even the negatives of life can be a blessing; in fact, 1 Peter 1:7 flatly teaches that God uses the negatives in the life of a believer to prove God exists. So let's stop wasting our sorrows and allow God to use us to be convincing. A year ago this past September 11th God used Cheryl McGuiness to prove there is a God. Cheryl's husband, Tom, co-piloted the first plane that hit the Twin Towers! Cheryl could only handle life via 1 Peter 1:7 because of the Power of God's Holy Spirit. For Thanksgiving Biblically, Cheryl went to the Holy Spirit. Now let me add a personal note…This summer while enjoying Craigville Beach, I completed 36 studies in James 1. They will all be used on future Songtime audio magazines. Without exception I would begin the study with the prayer:
"Holy Spirit this verse is beyond my grasp. Teach me so I can teach. You Holy Spirit, are the greatest teacher the World has ever known. Open my eyes so I can behold wondrous things out of the World of God."
I never had a better summer and the good weather had very little to do with it. I discovered-- Where to Go for Thanksgiving!!