Thanksgiving: The Essence of Spirituality

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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.

Lessons:

  1. Focus your minds on the beauty of God.
  2. Meditate much on Jesus Christ.

Giving thanks is not a matter of feeling thankful; it is a matter of obedience” (Joni Erickson-Tada).

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