How Thankful are you when trouble hits?
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Thankfulness Is What We Need
I Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give Thanks; for this is the Will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Is it possible to give thanks in all things? Read – L – Ephesians 6:10-12
Job said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Bless be the name of the Lord.”
Three Facts About Thanksgiving:
I. The Standard OF Thanksgiving - L – v. 20
A. It’s God-Exalting – L – v. 20a
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights…….”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
B. It’s Christ Revealing - L- v. 20b
C. It’s Time Investing – L – v. 15, 16
D. It’s All-Embracing – L – v. 20a
II. The Substance Of Thanksgiving –L–v.18-20
A. It’s speaking the truth of God.
“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in Psalm’s and hymns and spiritual songs singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
B. It’s showing the Joy of God – L – v. 19
C. It’s sharing the Love of God. – L – v. 20,21
III. The Secret of Thanksgiving – L - v. 18, 20
A. The incoming of the Holy Spirit
B. The filling of the Holy Spirit.–L– v. 18, 20
Q: What does it mean to be filled with God’s Spirit?
Four Points of Interest
1. Life can be tough, but God asks us to be thankful all the time.
2. Christians can always be thankful, because Jesus was paid our sin debt.
3. As Christians, we are never powerless, because we have God’s Spirit within us.
4. Let God’s Spirit control you and you will be thankful – L - 18
A: It means to let God’s Spirit be in total control of your mind, emotions,
speech and actions.