Summary: Thanking God for all things.
The Bible tells us to give thanks
Charles Dickens said,, we should set aside one day a year to complain, and give thanks 364
Turn to 1 chronicles 16:7-12,,,,, key verse 8
why give thanks? Psalm 106:1
106 Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Jesus gave thanks , at the Lords supper.
Luke 22:17 17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves
and Luke 22:19 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me
When we say thank you, we are admitting that we need someone more powerful than us.
We are admitting that what we are blessed to have, we didn't get on our own
(ills of Alex Haley, author of roots, has a picture of a turtle on a fence post,, Every time someone comes into his office and asked him about the picture, Alex says " he didn't get there by himself)
We need to be thankful daily.
We take our blessing for granted sometimes.
Just think about this,
We wonder what restaurant we will eat at, while there are millions who wonder where their next meal is coming from
We try to choose which dress, or suit, or clothes to wear, while millions only have the clothes on their back
WE gripe when we have to get up to go to work, while many don't have a job to get up to.
We gripe about our old jalopy of a car, while many have to walk everywhere they go.
It is not that hard to say,, thank you Lord for your blessings on me
Eph 5:20 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
Rudy Kipling lived from 1865 to 1936, he was English, he wrote poetry and is the author of many books like captain couragous,,, and many jungle books..
Kiplings writing no only made him famous, it brought him much money . A newspaper reporter came up to him one day and said, Mr. Kipling, I just read that somebody calculated that the money you make from your writings amounts to over one hundred dollars a word.
The reporter reached in his pocket and pulled out a hundred dollar bill, and said,,,, Now you give me one of those one hundred dollar words.........Rudy Kipling looked at the money,, and put it in his pocket, and said,, THANKS
What are you thankful for most this morning?
Your health,,,,, your job,,,,, family,,,, church family,,,,,, It could be a lot of things
Ills of little boy was asked to say blessings over thanksgiving meal.. he said thank you Lord for the turkey,, my mom and dad,, my tv,, loving us,, and oh yea Lord, be sure to take care of yourself,, because without you, we would all be sunk
Before Jesus came to earth, mankind was contaminated with sin,, but Jesus stepped in and gave His life in our place
Jesus died in agony, to save you and me,,,,,,, for this , we should be truly greatful,,,
Col.1:12-14 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
We truly should be grateful for the price Jesus paid,,,, but sadly, some don't take Jesus seriously
Ills of little boy hearing sermon on Jesus crucifixion, began to weep ,, his mother looked down at him, and said,,, shhhhuuu
don't take it so seriously
Too many people today don't take the cross of Christ seriously
The cross should cause us to be thankful.
The writer of Hebrews tells us in Heb. 9:26 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself
Christ removed our sin, by His sacrafice on the cross
Through His death , He made it possible for us to spend eternity in heaven.
This should cause us to appreciate what our suffering savior did for us.
Remember in Luke chapter 17, when Jesus cleansed the 10 lepers, they all left, and none of them said thank you
Then one came back to say thank you, and Jesus said,,,, Where are the other nine?
Sometimes I think that many times we are like the pig walking under the oak tree eating acorns, and never looking up to see where they are coming from,,,,,,, too many times, we enjoy all the blessings the Father gives us, and never acknowledge where they come from.