Summary: Learning to thank God in everything will change the life of the Christian
Sermon: November 18, 2001 By Tom Maines – Pastor of Harmony Free Will Baptist Church
Title: Why Christians Should Give Thanks To God
Text: Psalms 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him
Have we, as Christian, expressed our gratitude for the bountiful blessing of the Lord. Much too often, we find ourselves whining and complaining like the children of Israel. God has given the Christian unimaginable blessings and promises. As the old song says, “Count your blessings, name them one by one.” It is time to remember what great things God has done for us.
Everything that we have comes as a result of God’s love, mercy and grace.
Thankful for all things
"I do not have to thank anyone for anything I have," an old miser grumbled. "Everything I have I got the hard way--by the sweat of my own brow." "But who gave you the sweat?" asked his neighbor.
The old miser hung his head in guilty silence. He could not ignore the fact that God had given the "sweat," the strength to work hard and gain material wealth.
Yes, everything that we are or that we possess is because of God’s lovingkindness. Therefore, it is good for us all to pause and say, "Thank You, God."
Mrs. Green thanked Tom, the grocery boy, for delivering a loaf of bread. "Do not thank me. Thank Grocer Jones," Tom smiled. "He gave me the loaf to deliver." But when she thanked the grocer, he said, "I get the bread from Baker Brown. He makes it, so he deserves the thanks." So Mrs. Green thanked the baker. But he told her that Miller Milligan should be given the gratitude. "Without Miller Milligan’s flour, I could not make bread," Brown replied. The miller told her to thank Farmer Foster because he made the flour from Foster’s wheat. But the farmer also protested, "Don’t thank me; thank God,"
Foster said. "If He did not give my farm sunshine and rain, I could not grow wheat."
Yes, even a common loaf of bread can be traced back to God, the Giver of "every good and perfect gift"
Let’s consider why we should come into God’s presence and worship with thanksgiving and praise:
1. It is the right thing to do.
2. It will magnify the blessings of the Lord in
3. It will change our prospective of life.
4. It will bring to remembrance God’s indescribable
love and mercy.
5. It will cause Christians to lose sight of their
6. It will become a way to witness to those around us.
I. Giving thanks is the right thing to do for every
A. We must learn to give thanks.
1. Children must be taught to say “thank you”.
a. Children must learn to show gratitude for
acts of kindness shown to them.
b. Children should also be taught to be
thankful to the Lord.
2. We, as the children of God, need to learn
how to show gratitude to the Lord.
B. Thanksgiving is recognizing and thanking the one
who has provided a gift.
1. God has given the most priceless gift of His
2 Cor 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his
2. As Christians, we are richly blessed by this
2 Cor 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to
all bountifulness, which causeth through us
thanksgiving to God.
C. Christians should give thanks for all things.
1. It is easy to be thankful for the good
things that comes our way in life.
1 Thess 5:18 In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
2. We are to be thankful in spite of the bad
that comes into our lives.
Psalms 27:5 For in the time of trouble he
shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret
of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he
shall set me up upon a rock.
3. The Devil will use severe circumstances to
pull you away from God.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because
your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may
II. Giving thanks will magnify the blessings of the
Lord in your life.
A. Learn to thank God for the little
1. A little can be used to bless
Matt. 14:19 And he commanded the multitude
to sit down on the grass, and took the five
loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up
to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave
the loaves to his disciples, and the
disciples to the multitude.
2. We must first give all we have to the
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore,