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Summary: This is a sermon that reminds of things that we should be thankful for

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“THANKSLIVING OR LIVING A THANKSGIVING LIFE”

Psalm 100 W. Max Alderman

INTRODUCTION: A person cannot be truly thankful unless he is Spirit filled. Ephesians 5:18-20 teaches us this: 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

When one lets the “Word of Christ dwell in you richly” by being a Spirit filled person, then that person will have a spirit of thanksgiving, as well.

I. BE THANKFUL AMONG THE SINNERS (2 Samuel 22:50)

Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.

A. So That the Sinners May Witness Your

Thanksgiving by the Way That You Are Different

We live in a world of indifference and ingratitude. For sinners to witness a spirit of thanksgiving in those who profess to be Christians is a strong testimony. Everywhere that we go as believers and with each person that we come in contact with should be an opportunity for us as believers to show how thankful that we really are to the Lord. Few people can be thankful for more than an extended period of time, as this humorous illustration suggests:

ILLUSTRATION: The story is told of two old friends bumped into one another on the street one day. One of them looked forlorn, almost on the verge of tears. His friend asked, "What has the world done to you, my old friend?"

The sad fellow said, "Let me tell you. Three weeks ago, an uncle died and left me forty thousand dollars."

"That’s a lot of money."

"But, two weeks ago, a cousin I never even knew died, and left me eighty-five thousand free and clear."

"Sounds like you’ve been blessed...."

"You don’t understand!" he interrupted. "Last week my

great-aunt passed away. I inherited almost a quarter of a million."

Now he was really confused. "Then, why do you look so

glum?"

"This week... nothing!"

B. So that the Sinner May Witness Your Thanksgiving by the Way That You Delight (Psalms 37:4)

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

I remember telling my daughter all that it takes to complain is a mouth and then she would answer back, “and something to complain about”. Sinners should see that we have much to be thankful for. If they never hear words of thanksgiving from our lips, as it applies to the Lord’s generosity to us, how should we expect them to want what we possess?

C. So that the Sinner May Witness Your Thankfulness for Your Destination (2 Corinthians 5:6-8)

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Paul not only delighted in knowing where he was going when he died, but looked forward to the blessed event. Sinners ought to hear that we have the same blessed hope that Paul did of soon being with the Lord. They should know by our testimony how thankful that we are…


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