Summary: God wants us to live every day with an attitude of gratitude, and we have so many reasons to be grateful.
Sermon by: Rick Crandall
McClendon Baptist Church - Nov. 25, 2007
*You may have been at JC Penney or Kohl’s at 4 a.m. last Friday for Christmas shopping -- Or you may have been yelling at your TV Friday night as LSU lost in triple-overtime. -- But let’s not rush off from Thanksgiving too fast. God wants us to live every day with an attitude of gratitude, and we have so many reasons to be grateful.
*Like the man who said: -This Thanksgiving I’m thankful.
-That there are only 24 hours available each day for TV programming.
-That teenagers ultimately will have children who will become teenagers.
-That I’m not a turkey.
-That houses still cost more than cars.
-That snow covers un-raked leaves.
-That hugs and kisses don’t add weight or cause cancer.
-That [computers and cell phones and MP3 Players and TV’s and video games] can be turned off -- But no one can turn off the moon and stars.
-No one but God that is. (1)
*We have tremendous reasons to be thankful. “Rarely has any people enjoyed greater prosperity than we are now enjoying. For this we render heartfelt and solemn thanks to the Giver of Good; and we seek to praise Him -- not by words only -- but by deeds, by the way in which we do our duty to ourselves and to our fellow men.” President Teddy Roosevelt said that on Thanksgiving in 1902, but those words are truer than ever today. We must thank God. And this part of His Word helps us see why. (2)
1. First: Thank God for always being reliable.
*Our God is always reliable! As we see in vs. 1, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” His mercy endures how long? Forever!
*The worst lemon I ever bought had a 12,000 mile warranty -- And the clutch went out at 12,050 miles! God will never break down or wear out on you. We may not understand what He is doing in our lives, but even when we are going through the tough times, He is ever faithful.
-In 1 Corin 1:9, “God is FAITHFUL, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
-In 1 Corin 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is FAITHFUL, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
-In 1 Thess 5:23-24, “May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is FAITHFUL, who also will do it.”
-In 1 John 1:8-9, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is FAITHFUL and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
-And in Rev 1:5-6, Jesus is “The FAITHFUL witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen!”