Thanksgiving Every Day by James Merritt

Thanksgiving Every Day
James Merritt
Romans 8:31-39

Introduction

1. If I were to give you a pop quiz right now and ask you the question, ''When is Thanksgiving Day?'' I wonder how many of you could give me the correct answer? Some of you may be thinking - do you mean the ''exact'' date? Not really, because the date varies from year to year. Some of you might say, ''I know it is a Thursday in November.'' Yes, but which Thursday?

2. Even if you guessed the exact date which this year happens to be November 24th, you still wouldn't give me the answer that I am looking for. The official Thanksgiving Day goes all the way back to 1789 when George Washington, the first President of the United States, proclaimed November 26th as a day of Thanksgiving.

3. After that, Thanksgiving Day continued to be celebrated on different days in different states until finally in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a White House proclamation calling on ''the whole American people to observe a special day of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November of every year.'' Ever since, each President has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation designating the fourth Thursday of each November as the official Thanksgiving Day.

4. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, I've got great news for you. Though every day is certainly not a holiday; every day is Thanksgiving Day. That's right - Thanksgiving is every day in the life of a believer. I am going to share with you today three things we can be thankful for every single day of our lives regardless of our environment, regardless of our circumstances, or regardless of our condition. Three things that I am thankful for personally every day.

I. I Am Thankful Every Day That God Stands For Me.
1.''What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
(Romans 8:31, NASB)
Actually, grammatically this verse would better be translated with the word ''since'' rather than ''if.''

2. This is actually a rhetorical question that gives a definite answer no matter how the question is asked. To the question ''Who?'' - the answer is nobody can be against us. To the question ''What?'' - nothing can be against us. To the question ''When?'' - never can anything be against us. To the question - ''Where?'' - nowhere can anything be against us.

3. When you read the Bible carefully, you will find one of the greatest lessons taught is this: God plus one equals a majority. Joseph learned that lesson in prison. Job learned that lesson in trouble. Joshua learned that lesson at Jericho. Jonah learned that lesson in the belly of a whale. David learned that lesson against Goliath. Daniel learned that lesson in the lion's den. Elijah learned that lesson on Mt. Carmel. Moses learned that lesson at the Red Sea. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego learned that lesson in the fiery furnace. Paul and Peter learned that lesson in prison. One of the greatest promises to me in the entire Bible and one that every follower ...


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