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Summary: Can you imagine that question being asked of you on the Day of Judgment? What have you done for Christ? And the answer, “There is nothing done for him?”

“A Thanksgiving Message”

Introduction:

The king could not sleep. God awakened him in the night. It was time to do an inventory on his life. Had he left something undone? Yes, there was a man in his kingdom who had saved his life and nothing had been done to honor this man!

It is the week of Thanksgiving. Perhaps it is time for you to take an inventory as well. Is there someone in your life that you need to be thankful for? Is there someone in your life that you need to honor?

Five reasons: “Why to be thankful?”

1. You will be out of the will of God, if you are not thankful.

God said that we are to give thanks for all things. A person with an ungrateful heart is out of the will of God!

2. You will never see the wisdom of God, if you are not thankful.

James 1:5 (quickview)  says that when we don’t understand the difficulties in our life that we are to pray and ask God for wisdom. When we have a thankful attitude, we will begin to see the wisdom of God at work in our lives.

3. You cannot be an effective witness for God, if you are not thankful.

No one will want what you have if you are miserable all of the time! The joy of the Lord is your strength.

4. God cannot promote you with further blessings, if you are not thankful.

Who wants to bless someone with “more” if they are not thankful for their present blessings?

4. You will susceptible to the wiles of the Devil, if you are not thankful.

A discontented person is a perfect target for the Devil. The Devil has happy apples in his tree. Beware!

Who should we be thankful for? Who does God want us to honor?

How about honoring your Mother:

(Prov 31:25 KJV) Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

How about honoring your Father?

(Exo 20:12 KJV) Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

How about honoring your Wife?

(1 Pet 3:7 KJV) Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

How about honoring your church leaders?

(1 Tim 5:17 KJV) Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

How about honoring your civic leaders?

(1 Pet 2:17 KJV) Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

How about honoring Christ?

(John 8:54 (quickview)  KJV) Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:

How does one go about being thankful?

Even an ungodly Haman knew how to go about honoring someone. When the King asked of him the question, “How shall I honor a man whom I have chosen to honor?” Haman’s basic response was to treat the man as if he were a king. Haman was thinking of how that he would want to be honor and in so doing gave the correct response!

It is true that Christ needs to be honored in our lives:

(John 8:54 (quickview)  KJV) Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:


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