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;