Thanksgiving Living by Steve Wagers

Thanksgiving Living
Steve N. Wagers
Job 1-42
November 18, 2007

Sermon Outline
1. Job's Impeccable Reputation!
A) His Priceless Integrity
1) A Clean Life
2) A Confident Lord
B) His Matchless Adversity
1) Occupational through His Fortune
2) Emotional through His Family
3) Physical through His Fidelity
4) Spiritual through His Faith
2. Job's Irrefutable Revelation!
A) Sovereign Authority is Reestablished
B) Supernatural Ability is Reinforced
3. Job's Incredible Restoration!
A) The Rebuke of His Friends
B) The Recovery of His Fortune
C) The Rebirth of His Family

In 1621, in spite of their many hardships, difficulties, and thoughts of returning to their homeland, the Pilgrims appointed a day of Thanksgiving.

Our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln acknowledged the day nationally in 1863; and, in 1941, Congress passed into law that the 4th Thursday of each November be officially recognized as Thanksgiving Day.

This coming Thursday we will enjoy a time of food, family and fellowship; but I'm not sure that we should observe Thanksgiving day so much as we should employ Thanksgiving living. In other words, our thanks to God should not be stored up until the 4th Thursday of every November.

Rather, we should express our thanks to God everyday by how we give, and how we live. I love the admonition of 1 Thessalonians 5: 18, "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

Paul was saying that thanksgiving is not only something which God deserves; but, it is something which God demands. God not only desires that we thank Him with our lips, but that we thank Him by our lives.

C. H. Spurgeon said, "Gratitude is the only fountain of acceptable service; without it, the streams are far too defiled to flow in the paradise of God."

I think of a man in Phoenix who called his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and said, "Son, I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your m ...


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