We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. (1 Cor. 2:12)

PLAGIARISM IS RECOGNIZED as being a bad thing. Plagiarism is copying another person’s idea or work and acting as if it is your own. It usually shows up in writing or speaking.

Just last week, America celebrated a holiday when you are encouraged to spend time being thankful for what you have and recognize where it came from. As you looked at the table garnished with all of the normal Thanksgiving feast items, did you ask yourself, “Where did that come from?” And consider this: The bountiful blessings you enjoy have come from the hand of God.

You may be tempted to think it came from the sweat of your brow or that you worked hard to purchase everything you saw on the table. To a degree, there may be some truth in that, but God has had more involvement in what’s on your table than you might initially think.

It is plagiarism of the worst kind to look at the things of God’s blessing and claim them as your own. If the Spirit of God lives in you, you will be able to see the hand of God in the events and possessions in your life.

Not just on Thanksgiving, but anytime you enjoy a bounty of food, remember to thank the One who freely gave you more than the food on the table. He has given you love, grace, forgiveness, acceptance, and peace in your heart, to name a few things.

Acknowledge that your life and its blessing are gifts from God, and tell Him He still owns them.

Ken Heer has been a pastor and church leader for fifty-two years and lives in Brooksville, Florida, with his wife, Nancy. Ken is the author of Ancient Fire (WPH).