If you're going to be happy today, filled with Thanksgiving, you need to get drunk...on the Spirit.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery,
but be filled with the Spirit,
(and when you are under the influence of the Spirit, it will result in) ... giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.You might be pretty down today. Getting yourself to give thanks may feel like it feels when you realize late on a cold night that tomorrow is garbage day. You have to will yourself out the door to pull the cans to the street.
Is THAT thanksgiving? A pull-myself-up-by-my-bootstraps willing myself to tick off some things I am (or should feel) thankful for?
Well, it wouldn't hurt to get your focus off of unmet needs and onto undeserved mercy. Your feelings of thanksgiving may just rise with a little effort. Nevertheless, God hasn't left you to yourself on this one. There is divine power for giving thanks. It comes from drinking in the Spirit of God. When you get under his influence, you will start to sing...and give thanks.
Have you drunk your fair share of the Spirit today?
How do you do it? Drink in the Word, dependent on the Spirit, and you will get filled up. Not just a little sip. Nobody gets drunk on a sip. Drink deeply. Drink until you're under the influence. And watch how you'll start giving thanks to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.