Prepared to Give Thanks
Introduction: Out of ten lepers cleansed of the deadly and socially incapacitating disease, only one turned back and gave thanks to Jesus. In astonishment and obvious hurt, Jesus asked where the other nine were. Unfortunately, the problem of ungratefulness is universal. To our hurt and the disappointment of God, many of us travel through life without a thankful spirit toward God or others. During this Thanksgiving season we need to prepare our hearts through repentance and understanding to give thanks properly, first to God and then to others.
DEFINITION OF THANKSGIVING:
- An expression of gratitude to the source of blessing and benefit
HISTORICAL ROOTS OF THANKSGIVING DAY:
- Began in 1621 as William Bradford, governor of Plymouth colony called for a celebration of thanks to God along with 50 native Indians.
- Became a national holiday in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be a national holiday for the purpose of giving thanks to God. (READ DECLARATION)
- 1941 Congress changed Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday to the fourth Thursday.
I. THE BIBLICAL BASIS FOR THANKSGIVING
EPH 5:20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. NIV)
COL 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in Word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through 'him. (NIV)
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
(16) Be joyful always; (17) pray continually; 19) give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus;
HEB 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name (KJV)
- We are commanded dozens of times in Scripture to be thankful and to show thankfulness to God in all things and at all times. We also have thankfulness modeled for us by:
- Daniel prayed and gave thanks to ...
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