Gratitude

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Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:18

  • Rudyard Kipling $100 word. “Thanks” – His words calculated out to $100 a word.  Reporter said, Give me one of your $100 words – “Thanks”
  • Thank you to military because when you get down to it you and I want to deserve the sacrifice and the problem is we know we can’t and don’t
    • Acts 5:40-41
    • You’d never tell a mother of a fallen soldier, I’m glad he was there because I deserve that sacrifice.

It’s RIGHT to Thank God

  • What’s God’s will for my life?
    • We can make the will of God such a complicated thing and miss the very plain will of God right before our eyes.
  • men are happier doing God’s will than not
  • I’m a better employee when I’m thankful
  • I’m a better husband when I’m thankful
  • Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
  • Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
  • James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect give is from above
  • Some Basic things to be thankful for
    • You got to come to church freely.  A Bible believing church where God’s words are ministered.
    • You had a good meal this morning
    • You have clothes on your back tonight
    • You opened your Bible w/o the threat of death tonight
    • The spiritual blessings in Christ

It’s REASONABLE to Thank God

  • It makes sense and anyone can do it
  • He gives the gifts and we give the thanks
  • If anyone can, why don’t we?
  • What if God only answered prayers that you’d be thankful for?
    • answered and unanswered prayers
    • Answered Prayers
    • By prayer and supplication WITH THANKSGIVING
  • Psalms 118:1, 29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
  • VICTORY-2 Chronicles 20:20 Jehoshaphat’s singers gain the victory
  • FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT – 2 Chronicles 5:6-14 Solomon gives thanks and God’s glory fills the temple
    • be filled with the Spirit
    • Laden with the peculiar notion that Paul was THANKFUL for some things

 It’s RARE to Thank God

  • You don’t have to be anything special to be ungrateful
  • Lost art of “Thank You” cards
  • Gratitude is rare
  • Ten Lepers in Luke 17:13-18
  • The disease of Ingrates (Romans 1:21-31)
    • the Lord is apparently holding their minds in his hand
    • reprobate is to reject
    • ingratitude causes brain damage
  • 2 Timothy 3:2 – ingrates in the end times
  • the woman who doesn’t believe in making such a fuss about her religion

Conclusion

  • Come to the altar and be thankful
  • Then go out and really be thankful to a lost world as David said in Psalms 26:7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
  • It serves to strengthen for endurance and exertion. We all know how much more easily and effectively they work who work cheerfully; and the very nutrient of cheerfulness is found in thankfulness