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Be Thankful Building Character. Psalm 107:1-9. 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. Count your many blessings.

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ingratitude
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
count your many blessings
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
giving thanks
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
what it means to be thankful
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)

when we must be thankful
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)

what we are thankful for
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)

what we are thankful for1
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)

how we give thanks
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)

we give our thanks to god
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)

ingratitude1
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