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Summary: With so much to be thankful for, we should give thanks continually; not just during the holiday season.

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THANK YOU, LORD

Psa. 26:6-7

INTRO. As we approach the Thanksgiving season, our minds turn toward all the things for which we should be thankful. I don’t know why we are not more thankful all year around, but this particular time of the year make us more conscious of our blessings.

I know that the country is not in the best of shape and some of us could say we’ve seen better times, still things could be a lot worse, couldn’t they? So that might be the first thing to be thankful for!

{Illus.} -- A king was terribly depressed. His soothsayer said that if the king were to put on the shoes of a contented man he would be cured of his depression and he would also become content. The kings servants searched the entire kingdom looking for a contented man...and when they finally found one...he did not own a pair of shoes.

I am afraid that we sometimes get so caught up in our difficulties, aches and pains that we forget how many things for which we should be giving thanks. An old hog will stand under an apple tree eating apples all day long and never once look up to see where they come from.

I. (Vs. 1b) -- I AM THANKFUL THAT I AM NOT IN HELL THIS MORNING.

A. What do you consider the most frightening scripture about hell?

1. We think about the flames, the falling, the worms, the darkness and the hopelessness of hell; but I think the very worst thing ever said about hell in Isa. 5:14.

2. There are over 6 billion souls in the world today and most of them are not saved. I am one of the very few who knows for sure that I am going to heaven.

B. Jn. 1:11-12

(Jn. 14:1-3) -- "Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

C. Notice the last part of vs. 1 of our text.

1. I am thankful that God holds my soul in His own hand and I don’t have to fear sliding out of God’s hand and into hell.

2. Jn. 10:27-30\

II. I AM THANKFUL THAT I AM IN THIS CHURCH THIS MORNING. (vs. 8)

A. There are about 125 million people in Japan and only 10 Missionary Baptist Churches. There are over one billion people in China and no Missionary Baptist Churches at all!

1. Think of the blessing you had this morning -- the freedom and privilege to choose whether you would go to church or not.

2. And then the freedom to choose this very church so that you might sit under the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

B. There are 2 basic reasons why people go to hell. [They go to hell because they do not have Jesus as their Saviour, but there are 2 basic reasons why they do not accept Christ.]

1. The first is rebellion against God’s Word. David gave thanks to God for His truth (vs. 3).

a. The Roman Road.

1. (Rom. 3:23) - "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."

2. (Rom. 6:23) - "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."


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