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Being Thankful. Romans 1:18-21 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth.

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1 Being Thankful

2 Romans 1: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

3 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

4 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

5 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were THANKFUL; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

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7 Jewish “Feast of Tabernacles”  The original “Thanksgiving”  Also called “Feast of Booths” or “Sukkoth”  One of 3 annual Hebrew feasts  October 7-13, 2006 this year

8 Leviticus 23 (Deuteronomy 16)  Dwell in booths for 7 days to remind them of Egypt (verse 42)  Do no work (verse 36)  Rejoice with feasting before the Lord (verse 30)

9 American “Thanksgiving”  First celebrated by English Pilgrims and Indians in 1621 in Massachusetts Plymouth Colony  Celebrated unofficially over next 200 years  Made official US holiday in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln

10 A Life of Thanksgiving Our lives should be one of constant “thanksgiving” to God, and not just a seasonal celebration.

11 Big difference between SAYING we are thankful, and truly BEING thankful!

12 WHEN Are Most People “Thankful?”  They like something, or something makes them feel good hey received something they wanted  Something happened the way they wanted it to

13 WHY Should We Be Thankful?  God commands us to be thankful  Being thankful gives us great benefits  NOT being thankful leads to many problems

14 1.God Commands Us To Be Thankful  Psalm 95:2 - Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  Psalm 100:4 - Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

15  Colossians 3:17 - And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.  I Thessalonians 5: Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

16 WHAT Should We Be Thankful For?  T TEMPORAL blessings  S SPIRITUAL blessings

17 “TEMPORAL” Blessings  M Material needs of every kind  Both necessities and luxuries

18  Food, clothing, shelter, etc.  Personal good health  Family and friends  Jobs, occupations, business opportunities  Political security; general safety in society  Entertainment and general enjoyment of life. We have it pretty good!

19 “SPIRITUAL” Blessings – Gifts from God  Salvation (Rom. 6:23)  Holy Spirit  Comfort of His indwelling presence (John 14:16)  His development in us of Christian character (Gal, 5:22-23)  Spiritual Gifts (I Cor. 12)

20  Wisdom; knowledge (Ps. 119:98-100)  Weapons of spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:11-17)  Deliverance from temptation (I Cor. 10:13)  Comforts in trials and assurance of their beneficial purposes (Rom. 5:2-4; James 1:2-4; I Pet. 1:6-7)

21  Assurance that everything will work out in the end for our benefit:  ALL things work together for good for believers (Rom. 8:28)  God has promised to supply ALL our needs (Phil. 4:19)  God’s predestination of all events, including every detail of our lives  Christ’s final and total victory (I Cor. 15:57; Rev. 11:15)

22 2. BENEFITS of Being Thankful  We accept the PAST without feeling: GGUILT for our mistakes and sins Paul accepted his past (I Cor. 15:9-10) BBITTERNESS over being mistreated Joseph saw God’s providential hand in his being sent to Egypt (Gen. 50:20) RRESENTFUL of our calamities Job trusted God (Job 1:20-22)

23 Benefits (part 2)  We feel peaceful and content with the PRESENT: CChrist gives us His peace (John 14:27) WWe learn contentment (I Tim. 6:6-8)

24 Benefits (part 3)  We feel relaxed and confident about the FUTURE: RRomans 8:37 - “in all these things we are more than conquerors” through Christ.

25 3. Real Problems Happen When We Are NOT Thankful!  a. We develop negative emotions, resulting in harm to our bodies, and our relationships with others. DDisappointment, resentment, revenge, critical spirit, judgmental attitude, etc. BBitterness (Heb. 12:15; Col. 3:19)

26 Problems (part 2)  b. When we are not thankful to God, we can develop “false thankfulness” like the Pharisee in Luke 18:11 TThis is really the sin of PRIDE WWe begin to see ourselves as deserving our blessings, rather than seeing all of them as a GIFT from God. WWe may begin to love the gift more than the giver.

27 Problems (part 3)  c. Not being thankful leads to all kinds of sin. RRomans 1:18-32 shows the path of the wicked resulting from them not respecting God, nor being thankful. CChristians can fall into the same sins if they are not thankful to God!

28 Final Thought  Gratefulness  Joy  Praise  Worship  Giving and Thanksgiving

29 “Homework” – 3 Parts  1. Write down 5 things you are thankful to God for now;  2. Write down 5 things you need to learn to be thankful for;  3. At the end of each day this week, write down something you can thank God for. You can do this as a family.

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