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  1. Be ThankfulBuilding Character Psalm 107:1-9

  2. Ingratitude • Ugly sin of human pride, wisdom, indulgence and calloused heart, Rom 1:21; 2 Tim 3:2 • “Counting our many blessings” acknowledges God as the Giver and ourselves as recipients, Psa 103:1-5

  3. Count your many blessings • Thank God for His goodness with joy, service and praise, Psa 100 • Thanksgiving is to be found in Zion, Isa 51:1-3 • Citizens of the kingdom of heaven thank the Lord! Col 3:15

  4. Giving Thanks • Natural result of life in Christ, Col 3:3, 10 • Opposite of self-centeredness, arrogance and rebellion • Springs out of love, joy and praise • Where there is thankfulness, we find contentment • Without it, anxiety and lusts abound

  5. What it means to be thankful • “Grateful acknowledgement of benefits received” • Giving thanks presupposes… • Review of blessings received, Phil 1:3 • Knowledge our blessings are from God, Jas 1:17 vs. Dan 4:30 • We know we are not worthy of our blessings, 1 Tim 1:12-13 “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph 5:20)

  6. When we must be thankful • Before (expectation), 2 Chrn 20:12, 20-21 (Honor and faith, Heb 13:5-6) • During (reliance), Acts 28:15 • Aware of God in your life (Rom 8:28) • After (acknowledgment), Exo 15:1; Dan 2:23 • Remembering God (Lk 17:15-19) “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph 5:20)

  7. What we are thankful for • Things physical and spiritual, ordinary and extraordinary, received and withheld, 2 Cor 12:10; 1 Ths 5:18 • Paul’s chains, Phil 1:12-14, 18 • All things work together for good, Rom 8:28 (Phil 1:13; 4:22) • Nothing can separate from God, Rom 8:35-39 “giving thanks always forall thingsto God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph 5:20)

  8. What we are thankful for • For God’s attributes and works • Salvation, the church, the word, His judgments, Psa 96:1-3 (103:1-5) • For brethren, family, food (1 Tim 4:4), all men (1 Tim 2:1), memories (Phil 1:3), brethren (Col 1:3) - Everything! 1 Ths 1:2-3; 5:18 “giving thanks always forall things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph 5:20)

  9. How we give thanks • He is the means of all we receive, Eph 1:3; Col 3:17 • We give thanks… • By our words: Lips (prayers and song), Heb 13:15 • By our lives: Sacrifice/service, Heb 13: 16; Col 2:7 “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph 5:20)

  10. We give our thanks to God • God is the Giver of all good gifts, Jas 1:17; Psa 106:1 • Does not limit our thanks exclusively to the Father, 1 Tim 1:12 • God is the first cause of our blessings, Rom 1:20-21 “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph 5:20)

  11. Ingratitude • Reveals pride, self-sufficiency, self-satisfaction and self-love, 2 Tim 3:1-4 • Lack of thanks toward God spawns additional sins of ingratitude, 2 Tim 3:2-5 • We have been called by the gospel to peace with God and men in the body of Christ – be thankful! Col 3:15