Why I'm Thankful for Jesus
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this evening, and I want you to be finding your place at Philippians chapter 2 if you will. And in just a moment, we'll be reading verses 5-11. And I want to share with you for a few minutes here tonight on "Why I'm Thankful For Jesus."
ILLUS: By most accounts, in 1789 George Washington and the Continental Congress officially declared that the fourth Thursday of every November would be set aside as a day of thanksgiving. But I want you to know that the Bible teaches that for the Believer, every day is supposed to be a day of thanksgiving.
ILLUS: I heard about a little old lady who stood up in a testimony service one night and said, "I want to thank the Lord that even though I only have two teeth, at least they still meet."
ILLUS: Peanuts Comic Strip: Snoopy, "How about that? Everyone else is eating turkey today, but just because I am a dog I have to eat dog food." "Of course, if could have been worse, I could have been born a turkey."
I'm sure that many of you all heard in your services this morning a sermon geared toward the thanksgiving season. You may have studied. . .
Psalm 106:1, "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."
You may have studied. . .
Psalm 30:4, "Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness."
You may have studied. . .
Colossians 3:15, "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts to the which also you are called in one body and be ye thankful."
Or you may have studied, as we did this morning at Temple Baptist Church. . .
1st Thessalonians 5:18, "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
But whatever the passage may have been, the principle is still the same: Christians are supposed to be thankful people. Did you know that the word "grace" and the word "grateful" come from the same word? You see, if you have received God's amazing grace by God's amazing gift, you are supposed to be a grateful person.
Let me tell you something. You are either a grateful Christian or you are a grumbling Christian. And if you are here tonight and you struggle in this area. If you are here tonight and you have a tendency toward ingratitude. Let me give you some of the best advice that I could ever give you. Go home tonight, and get a piece of paper and a pen and sit down and don't get up until you have written down 100 things that you are thankful for. You say, "I can't do that." Of course you can. You say, "You don't understand, I know that I can't do that." No, you don't understand, I know you can. Now, you may have to write down some things that you won't want everybody else to read, but I promise you, if you will take the time and expend the energy, and put down those 100 things that you're thankful for, I promise you, it will revolutionize y ...
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