THANKSGIVING: THE ESSENCE OF SPIRITUALITY
November 26, 2017 Text: Selected Scriptures
It is impossible to be a growing and maturing Christian without a grateful heart …
The Direction of THANKSGIVING: GOD THE FATHER.
Because He is the Author of all mercies and the Source of all blessings: James 1:17; Ephesians 1:3.1 Thessalonians 5:18.
Because Jesus set the example: Matthew 26:26-28.
Because all that we are and all that we do should be to the praise of His glory: Ephesians 1:3-14.
The Duration of THANKSGIVING is CONTINUAL:
Ephesians 5:20. “The greatest gift we can give to God is a thankful heart because all we can give to Him is grateful recognition that all we have is from Him.”
We must have the right focus: God’s blessings.
We must have the right emphasis: God Himself!
Thanksgiving is key to true spirituality because it takes the emphasis off mankind, off self, and places it on God where it rightfully belongs. Ephesians 5:18
The Channel of THANKSGIVING is JESUS CHRIST: Colossians 3:17.
We find our identification in Him. In the name of the Lord.
We find our example in Him.
- Focus your minds on the beauty of God.
- Meditate much on Jesus Christ.
“Giving thanks is not a matter of feeling thankful; it is a matter of obedience” (Joni Erickson-Tada).