Introduction: This Thursday is Thanksgiving. We set aside a day to honor God like the Pilgrims did long ago. We should be thanking God on daily basis for he takes care of us every day. Sometimes people say oh today is Thanksgiving so we have to thank God. We have parades and Christmas season begins. So give thanks today So Today we will see why we GIVE thanks to the Lord
Focus Scripture Psalms 150 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
We must learn to praise the Lord for all things and find reasons to praise Him. When we find fault with God we will find fault with others. Praise him for the good bad and ugly. Praise him with music. Praise him with all your breath every day no matter what. David wrote this and he was chased by the king who wanted to kill him for 10 years because he was jealous of David. Yet God said I will praise Him no matter what!
Give Thanks We give thanks because we love the Lord. Thanksgiving comes from a heart of love. No one thanks people they are mad at. You thank people you care about or those that did good for you! Give thanks is an attitude of the heart so give thanks and it will help people to treat you with respect. Respect them for when you do they will see you as someone who is good!
1 Th 5 :9-18 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.16 Rejoice evermore.17 Pray without ceasing.18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
God does not want to give you wrath but God wants to get us to the point that we can praise him all the time and give thanks in everything even when things are bad. We need to respond in love and not in anger or fear. God desires that we praise others for when we do it praises him because he is rejoicing in your praise but we must Honor God above all others!
Psalms 100 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
This says make a joyful noise. We can all make noise. Not everyone can sing as beautiful as Sandy Patty or Carman or other great singers. We can gladly serve the Lord without bad attitudes. God wants to hear our singing and asks us to come into his presence with singing. Rejoice that he made us and he is the one who protects us for we are his sheep and part of his sheepfold. We belong to Him! So we can enter his gates with thanksgiving and praise him as we get into his courts. Praise and be thankful to Him for He is worthy. God is a good God and his mercy endures forever! His truth will endure not just to each of us but forever!
Ps 107 1-2, 20-21 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.21 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men
V21 is repeated in v8, 15 as well in this chapter. Ps 136 is about verse 1 and expounds on that one verse. O we are told to give thanks for his mercy endures. Let the redeemed say so and Oh we should praise the Lord for the righteous will praise him because we see His goodness in his life and death and rejoice in what He does for us and through us. We rejoice in the family that blesses us and the friends we have! We rejoice in his works which are manifested to us because of the children of men who demonstrate that love to us through the Father!
In Christ Anyone who is in Christ is born of God and are sitting in Heavenly places with Him. This alone is a reason to give thanks to the Lord. Heaven is glorious and we will be there forever! The choice is Heaven or Hell and the choice is an eternal one. We have a battle between good and evil today in our nation and we as Christians must use our authority to overcome!
Eph 2:4-10 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Near the end of the passage we see the words not of works lest any man should boast, yet we can boast in his great mercy and love. We sit in Heavenly places in Christ yet God has down here on assignment to manifest his word and to do our part to fulfill the mission for our life! Manifest that grace given to us to whom he sent us! Bless the ones that we have a chance to bless!
2 Cor 5:17-21 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Jesus did not sin so that you can be His righteousness and walk in that righteousness as God came to live within you. You are given the ministry to reconciling others to Jesus because of what Jesus did! God sees us as having done the work because Jesus was our substitute so it was put on our account. Jesus is our eternal credit card! We have unlimited sin credit and because of that we can tap into the benefit plan of being in the family- healing, prosperity and retirement privileges in living with the Father in his house!
Eph 1:3-8 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
God does not find fault with us because of Jesus. God loves you deeper than any person in your life does. God loved you so much that Jesus died for you! To Him you are worthy of praise for eternity! He cannot find fault with you! He says things like pleasure, praise accepted and beloved in talking about you. He forgave all your sin and gave you riches because of his grace! He wants you to abound in all things!
Victory at Calvary The victory is not in what I do but in the fact that he died and rose again. He is the Lord and Savior for he conquered hell sin and the grave so we can walk in that victory. It is his victory that he gave to us. We only have victory because of his doing and not because of our doing. So give thanks!
Rom 8:33-39 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
One of the ways we have victory is when we do not give condemnation to ourselves or others. Too many times we live in defeat because we allow ourselves to feel bad about what others did to us. Why people did things to us is something the devil uses to keep us in bondage? The focus has to be on the love and grace of God if we want victory for when we do that the focus then is on Jesus and not on ourselves! Love focuses on others . The victory we have is a great one for we have a great God and this victory is an eternal one!
Col 2:6-15 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.:
I received Jesus by grace through faith so that is how I walk! I need to live in an attitude of thanksgiving and not fault finding with other people. I need to know that God finds no fault with me for I am complete in Him God did the work and my salvation is the work of God himself. God sees me so complete that HE does not see my sin anymore. He wants to see me complete because otherwise no one could go to Heaven. Sin cannot enter his presence. There is no judgment to them who are in Christ! This is why we baptize in water to demonstrate the baptism that we had in Christ of his death! So I am in Him and for that I am thankful!
1 Jn 5:1-5 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
Our Founder John Hogan loved this passage. So I love this passage too! I learned to focus on seeing the truth through this passage through him. It is hard to keep the commands because only one could do that and that was Jesus himself. Yet here it says that it is not grievous! It is not hard to do when an expert does it for you! God gave the commands to show you what love is and he gave it knowing you could not keep it! The Israelites could not even keep Command 1 never mind all 10! I am a whosoever and a whatsoever so I have the victory by faith in Christ. Once I believe then it is as if I kept all 10 of the commands in my flesh for Jesus is my commandment keeper!
Excited to meet Christ - Knowing we are in the season that we will soon meet Jesus and our friends and family with Him excites me. The star of Heaven is not the saints but Jesus himself. I am excited to meet Jesus for he saved me from my sins. I hope that you want to meet him and are looking for his coming!
Tit 2:13-15 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Pastor John Hagee says if you are not looking for him then you are not going with him. I am looking for the rapture for I want to go in Heaven and have a new body. I have many problems with the one I have including pain at times and soreness. I would love that good body that never gets old and never wears out. Jesus gives to us an eternal redemption He purified us and as a result of that we do good works. Good works are the result not the cause of salvation. I need to get things in the right order and tell others the right order! So I encourage you to be in Jesus and look for his appearing!
1 Th 4:13-18 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Are you looking for the rapture of the church? The Lord will descend from Heaven with a victory shout and the angel will sound the ram’s horn and then we will meet the Lord in the air. To do that we must have new bodies because this body cannot fly nor can it breathe in outer space. The dead and alive together meet the Lord in the air for Jesus is the Lord of Heaven and Earth and leads us into Heaven. The whole church will be gathered together on that glorious day. People be ready for that day is coming soon!
2 Tim 4:8 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
I am looking for his appearing and desire it not only because of the crown or the new body or Heaven itself, but because I will see heaven and Jesus Himself. I want to see my loved ones and the saints of old for what a day that will be when Jesus I will see. I want to walk on those streets and enter those pearly gates. So no matter what is going on in your life keep on serving and focusing on Jesus for in Him you will find all your answers- the answers to life are only found in Him!
Conclusion: There are many things we can be thankful for in this life. A Dallas Cowboy victory on Thanksgiving, good grades for your daughter or son at school, a raise at work or a good job with good benefits, a good wife or family life. But the most important thing we need to be thankful is the revelation of who Jesus is and how we can walk in the goodness of his salvation. So focus on Jesus and you will have joy and thanksgiving in your heart!
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