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Summary: This sermon incorporates the story of a man whose attitude was poor. It helps us examine our attitude as we approach the day of Thanksgiving.

"A Proper Attitude About Thanksgiving"

HEBREWS 13:5-15

[5] Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

[6] So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

[7] Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

[8] Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

[9] Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

[10] We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

[11] For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.

[12] Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

[13] Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

[14] For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

[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.

Joe Barton went to a revival

at a little Church located out in the country.

Believe it or not...that old preacher

preached a message of close to an hour.

Several people responded to the altar call.

By the time the revival service was dismissed...

it was past 10:00.

Well...Joe got in his car and headed home...

over the river and through the woods...

It was a dark night...

and Joe didn’t enjoy driving on those country roads.

Then it happened!

He had a flat tire.

Joe thought, "Great! This is just what I wanted!"

But there was nothing to do but get out,

change the tire

and drive on home.

So...Joe got out...opened the trunk...

found the little car jack...

and started to jack the car up.

But he discovered that his car jack was defective.

Every time the jack started to lift the car...

it would slip off the track.

"Oh, this is wonderful! This is just what I needed!"

Joe began to think of all the problems

that flat tire had created.

Though he had been perfectly happy up to that moment,

he quickly became irritated and angry.

He slipped into a dismal mood and frame of mind.

Too bad Joe didn’t remember what the preacher had said.

That old windy Baptist minister had mentioned:

Proverbs 23:7 says,

"For as he thinks within himself, so he is." .

Just like our friend Joe Barton with the flat tire,

sometimes we can think ourselves

into a condition of worry, anger, sadness, and depression.

Fortunately we can also think our selves

into a state of happiness, peacefulness and thankfulness.

That’s what we need to do, isn’t it?

Think our selves thankful.

Here’s how to do that:

Lesson #1

THINK ABOUT CONTENTMENT:

Verse 5:

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

That’s what Paul did in prison.

Philippians 4:11.

"Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am."

Paul learned contentment.

He wasn’t just naturally contented!

Paul focused his mind on being content.

· Let’s think about that word: Contentment

· You can learn to be content.

We learn it when we quit counting complaints

and start counting blessings instead.

· Contentment means being satisfied

with what we have.

It’s the opposite of whining

for what we don’t have.

· Contentment is a sense of peacefulness.

It’s not based on external possessions,

how we are being treated,

or the circumstances we find ourselves in.

· Contentment is essential to gratitude:

Discontent people whine and find fault.

But content people are satisfied.

· Remember the people of Israel

wandering in the wilderness

during the exodus from Egypt:

· Numbers 11:4-6

"And the rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, ’Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.’"

· Numbers 14:2-3

"And all the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, ’Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! And why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?’"

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