Give Thanks

Give Thanks

18 May 2013 Service – Phil Pringle

 

Giving thanks always FOR all things.

18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Eph 5:18-20

Thanksgiving opens the door for God and closes the door for the devil.

Give thanks to God FOR all things, not only IN all things. It’s difficult to do this, because we are definitely not thankful for all things that are happening in our life.

We only know how strong we are unless we have actually been pressured, and yet giving thanks for it!

In the movies, people reach out to alcohol or medicine to manage pressure and stress, getting drunk to remove the pain through natural means or abusive substances. You should get drunk with the Holy spirit instead. Be filled with the Holy spirit!

Worship is the key to getting filled with the Holy spirit. Thanksgiving is the entrance to getting there.

Complaining about our lot in life might seem quite innocent in itself, but God takes it personally. -Erwin W Lutzer

15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. Heb 13:15

At some moments in our life, giving thanks is a sacrifice. Not that praise when everything is going right, but thanking him when you don’t want to.

Thanksgiving also can mean: To commemorate, or to invoke.

All throughout the old testament, thanksgiving was abundant!

3 Jerusalem is built
As a city that is compact together,
4 Where the tribes go up,The tribes of the Lord,
To the Testimony of Israel,
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
Psa 122:3-4

7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Col 2:7

1-2 On your feet now—applaud God!
Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.
3 Know this: God is God, and God, God.
He made us; we didn’t make him.
We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.
4 Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.
5 For God is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.
Psa 100:1-5 MSG

V1 Shout to the Lord!
Have an overflowing attitude!

V3 Know that the Lord is God.
Worship is good when emotional but it should also be intelligent.

V4 Everytime you come to God with complaints and a lousy attitude, you ‘fail’ to get into Him. The password is ‘thank you’!

Thanksgiving covers our…

#1. Past.
No matter how bad our history, we can rewrite it by thanking God for it!

Your prayers and Thanksgiving to God will reach beyond the grave!

Put Jesus in the middle of your history and the worst things that happened to you in your life will be the best things that happened to you. He will turn your scars into stars.

Joseph was sold by his brothers but God turned it around for good and it was the best thing that had happened to him.

FROM…
being a shepherd, and hated and rejected by his brothers. Sold by his very own brothers for pieces of silver, and handed over to the Gentiles. Went to Egypt and made a servant.

Tempted severely, but did not sin. Falsely accused. Made no defense. Cast into prison, and numbered with sinners and criminals. Endured unjust punishment from Gentiles. Associated with two other criminals; one is pardoned and one is not.

TO…
Showed compassion. Brought a message of deliverance in prison, had divine wisdom and interpreted Pharaoh’s dream. Glorified after his humility. Honored among Gentiles while still despised or forgotten by his brethren. Given a Gentile bride. Blessed the world with bread, became the only source of bread for the world. The world was instructed to go to him and do whatever he said to do.


20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Gen 50:20

#2 Present
11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. Jn 6:11

How can we take on the large situations with our small? Like the boy with his small of 5 loaves and 2 fishes??

The key is to give thanks to God, whatever you have in your hand is enough. That small jar of oil for the widow. That jawbone for Samson. That slingshot for David. If God is for us who can be against us!

#3 Future
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. Jn 11:41

Thank God your future is better than your past! Your better days are ahead of you, not behind you!

7 Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. Lk 22:7 – He knew what the cup was for. He wasn’t pitiful or sad. But he knew it was his blood, that it had to be done to fulfil the prophecy.

Don’t under estimate the power of giving thanks to God.

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philip 4:6-7

Send all your prayer and requests to God with Thanksgiving!

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