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Summary: To give priority to thanksgiving which elevates to praise and worship rather than asking.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you thank GOD more often?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To give priority to thanksgiving which elevates to praise and worship rather than asking.

IV. TEXT:

Philippians 4:6 (Amplified Bible)

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

V. THESIS:

Pray with thanksgiving everytime like Apostle Paul did.

VI. TITLE:

With thanksgiving, present requests to GOD

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Apostle Paul

B. Date written: 60 - 64 A.D.

C. Purpose: 3-fold purposes:

1. To express Paul's affection for the Philippian believers

2. To thank them for their gift

3. To encourage them to a lifestyle of unity, holiness and joy

D. To whom written: Philippian believers

E. Main theme: JESUS CHRIST

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Don't be anxious about anything

"Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything"

1 Peter 5:7 (Amplified Bible)

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

Psalms 55:22 (Amplified Bible)

Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).

Luke 12:25-26 (Amplified Bible)

And which of you by being overly anxious and troubled with cares can add a cubit to his stature or a moment [unit] of time to his age [the length of his life]?

If then you are not able to do such a little thing as that, why are you anxious and troubled with cares about the rest?

Matthew 6:31-32 (Amplified Bible)

Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?

For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.

Matthew 6:25 (Amplified Bible)

Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?

Luke 21:34 (Amplified Bible)

But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the giddiness and headache and nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose;

Luke 12:29 (Amplified Bible)

And you, do not seek [by meditating and reasoning to inquire into] what you are to eat and what you are to drink; nor be of anxious (troubled) mind [unsettled, excited, worried, and in suspense];

Luke 10:41 (Amplified Bible)

But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things;

Alternatively, meditate on the promises of GOD regarding that matter you are worried about and declare what GOD said, magnify GOD more, instead of magnifying your problems.

B. Pray with thanksgiving for everything

"but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving,"

Ephesians 5:20 (Amplified Bible)

At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

Colossians 3:17 (Amplified Bible)

And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.

1 Timothy 4:4 (Amplified Bible)

For everything God has created is good, and nothing is to be thrown away or refused if it is received with thanksgiving.

Those who thank are manifesting what GOD already given to us in the spirit, those who ask, are put in line, we have to know GOD's words that He has already given everything.

John 1:16 (Amplified Bible)

For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.

2 Peter 1:3 (Amplified Bible)

For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).

GOD had already moved even before the foundations of the earth, what we need now is just to respond and reply to moves of GOD, by thanksgiving.

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