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From Thanksgiving to ThanksLiving

Charles Spurgeon “I do not think the church rejoices enough. We all grumble enough and groan enough: but very few of us rejoice enough.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Know and understand that the short phrase “give thanks” is an Imperative, a command.

G.K. Chesterton “The worst moment for an atheist is when he is really thankful and has no one to thank.”

Variations of the word “thank” are used almost 150x in the Bible. 38 of those times we’re specifically told to “give thanks.”

The Greek word for ‘thanks’ is eucharisteō.

When we take the Lord’s Supper we’re literally “giving thanks” in remembrance of what Jesus has done for us. .

1. Todah: a song of thanksgiving

2. Barak: to kneel in thanksgiving

3. Tehillah: to sing a song of praise

4. Halal: to give thanks by exalting and praising God

5. Yadah: to give thanks with expressive gratitude.

6. Zamar: to give thanks with a musical instrument

7. Shabach: to give thanks in a loud tone (shout to the Lord)

Psalm 100:4, “Enter his gates with todah (thanksgiving song), and into his courts with tehillah (singing praises). Yadah (raise your hands) to him, barak (kneel in thanksgiving) before his name.”

  • You’ll never be a worshiper if you’re not Thankful.

  • Thanksgiving, at some point, is going to flow from inside our hearts and begin to affect our actions.

Psalm 92:1 (NLT) It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High.

“But I think thanksgiving is far less about an attitude and far more about an action—’thanksgiving’ is one thing; ‘thanksliving’ is a whole different ‘nother thing. Having an “attitude of gratitude” is great…but it’s only great insomuch as it’s followed up with “habits of gratitude.”

  • Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do.”

Psalm 107:2 “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!”

Pastor Charlies Dates: May we never be a people who come to church and sit on our hands, indifferent to who God is. May we never come to church and look at the worship team and say, “Pfft, they better be glad we showed up today.” May we never come to church out of obligation and think we’re worthy to be here, in God’s presence. May, when our feet cross the threshold of the sanctuary, may we feel the desire to worship long before any blessings have fallen into our lap, but may we worship God and give him thanks simply and solely because of who he is!

CONTEXT “give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ” to give thanks in everything, in all circumstances…not for everything or all circumstances.

“Peace and joy are fruits of the Spirit, not fruits of my circumstances.”

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ!”

  • OUR CALLING “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

This applies to those “in Christ Jesus”… Meaning, for those of you in Christ Jesus, for those of you who call yourselves Christians, this is God’s will FOR YOU.

Philippians 2:13, “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” He wills it and he works it.

Colossians 2:6 “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, go on walking in him”

  • Gratitude and thanksgiving is simply living out what we’ve already become in Christ.

  • God sent Jesus to will and to work in your life.

All of our life stories in Christ are wrapped up in Thanksgiving :

1. We were created for thanksgiving, to live in God’s presence forever.

2. Because of sin, we have all fallen from thanksgiving.

3. But, praise God, we were redeemed by Jesus’ thanksgiving offering in his own body.

4. And now, because of that sacrifice, we are freed for thanksgiving-

Colossians 1:11–14 (CSB) being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, so that you may have great endurance and patience, joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. 14 In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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