Thanksgiving 2012

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

THANKSGIVING 2012

INTRODUCTION:

Well, it's Thanksgiving; and since everybody is supposed to be thankful on Thanksgiving, I guess we should be also. Right? Yeah, right! So, what are we thankful for? Two days off work and a long weekend? Time off school? Thanksgiving football games? This kind of thanksgiving is not acceptable to God because it is not genuine. Something which would be good for you to do is to sit down in the next little while and write a list of things for which you should be thankful.

I. WE ARE TO GIVE THANKS IN EVERYTHING

I Thessalonians 5:18 - In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

II. WE ARE TO PRAY WITH THANKSGIVING

Philippians 4:6-7 - (6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

III. WE REMEMBER THE 9 UNGRATEFUL LEPERS

Luke 17:12-19 - (12) And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: (13) And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. (14) And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. (15) And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, (16) And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. (17) And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? (18) There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. (19) And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

IV. WE ARE TO PRAISE GOD, AND PRAISE IS THE FRUIT OF OUR LIPS GIVING THANKS TO GOD

Hebrews 13:15-16 - (15) By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (16) But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

V. ANYONE CAN MOUTH WORDS - WE CAN THANK GOD BY LIVING FOR HIM

II Corinthians 5:15 - (15) And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

CONCLUSION:

Let's really be thankful to God for all He has done for us and demonstrate it by living for Him.