Summary: A message on being thankful for the greatest blessing in our life, salvation!
Title: Be thankful for the Blessing!
Text: Proverbs 10:22
Intro: How many are looking forward‑to that big meal that we have this‑week? I know that you are looking‑forward to it.
You know that when you sit down to eat‑this wonderful meal that you seem to ‑eat, eat, and eat again? And that‑afterwards, how you like to savor the‑meal and talk about how good the meal‑was that was prepared for you?
PROP: WE NEED TO SAVOR THE BLESSING‑OF GOD.
Inter: How do we savor the blessing of‑God?
Trans: To savor the blessing we must:
I. VALUE THE BLESSING - PRO. 10:22
Prov 10:22 The blessing of the LORD,‑it maketh rich, and he addeth no‑sorrow with it.
A. SALVATION IS PRICELESS
We cannot place a price tag on salv. ,‑because it cannot be purchased w/‑money or good works. It reminds me of‑the parable of the merchant man who‑was seeking for costly pearls. When‑he found a certain costly pearl, he‑sold everything else that he had /‑purchased the pearl. This story‑expresses to us that nothing that we‑have in this life even comes close to‑the priceless gift of salvation‑through Jesus Christ.
Look at what it cost Jesus! It cost‑Him his body and blood in order for us‑to have the blessing of salvation.
The blessing of salvation satisfies‑the longing of an empty soul for‑happiness for the scripture says, "He‑addeth no sorrow to it!" What are‑people paying these days to make them‑happy?
Salvation through Christ is our one‑way ticket into heaven. He is our‑doorway into life.
Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are‑by the law purged with blood; and‑without shedding of blood is no‑remission.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am‑the way, the truth, and the life: no‑man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto‑you, He that entereth not by the door‑into the sheepfold, but climbeth up‑some other way, the same is a thief‑and a robber.
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any‑man enter in, he shall be saved, and‑shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Trans: When we value the blessing of‑God then we can appreciate the‑blessing of God.
II. APPRECIATE THE BLESSING - LUKE‑24:50-53
Luke 24:50 And he led them out as far‑as to Bethany, and he lifted up his‑hands, and blessed them.
Luke 24:51 And it came to pass, while‑he blessed them, he was parted from‑them, and carried up into heaven.
Luke 24:52 And they worshipped him,‑and returned to Jerusalem with great‑joy:
Luke 24:53 And were continually in the‑temple, praising and blessing God.‑Amen.
A. BY RECOGNIZING THE BLESSING
Appreciate - Defined as the ability to‑recognize and be thankful for.
The psalmist David said in Psa. 8:3-5,
Psalm 8:3 When I consider thy heavens,‑the work of thy fingers, the moon and‑the stars, which thou hast ordained;
Psalm 8:4 What is man, that thou art‑mindful of him? and the son of man,‑that thou visitest him?
Psalm 8:5 For thou hast made him a‑little lower than the angels, and hast‑crowned him with glory and honour.
David was saying, "God when I see your‑awesome power through which You have‑made the heavens, I don't understand‑why that you would pay attention to‑mankind. Yet, it is evident that you‑have blessed him and surrounded him‑with great glory and honor.
Not only was David one to recognize‑the blessing of God, but he also was‑one that didn't forget the blessing of‑God upon his life.
In the early life of David, before he‑was king the bible tells us that Saul‑tried to harm David and destroy his‑kingly ministry. However, it tells us‑a different story about a man named‑Jonathon by whom came God's kindness‑and blessing upon the life of David. ‑Now as we read the story let's‑remember that it was actually God that‑was blessing David through the life of‑Jonathon.
1 Sam 20:12 And Jonathan said unto‑David, O LORD God of Israel, when I‑have sounded my father about to morrow‑any time, or the third day, and,‑behold, if there be good toward David,‑and I then send not unto thee, and‑shew it thee;
1 Sam 20:13 The LORD do so and much‑more to Jonathan: but if it please my‑father to do thee evil, then I will‑shew it thee, and send thee away, that‑thou mayest go in peace: and the LORD‑be with thee, as he hath been with my‑father.
1 Sam 20:14 And thou shalt not only‑while yet I live shew me the kindness‑of the LORD, that I die not:
1 Sam 20:15 But also thou shalt not‑cut off thy kindness from my house for‑ever: no, not when the LORD hath cut‑off the enemies of David every one‑from the face of the earth.
1 Sam 20:16 So Jonathan made a‑covenant with the house of David,‑saying, Let the LORD even require it‑at the hand of David's enemies.
1 Sam 20:17 And Jonathan caused David‑to swear again, because he loved him:‑for he loved him as he loved his own‑soul.