9 Reasons for GRATITUDE

Are you grateful? As THANKSGIVING approaches, we’re reminded to be thankful. Have you tried to make a list of reasons to be grateful? May I suggest a 30 day challenge of being thankful. Here is my list for the first 9 days of November.

30 days of Thanksgiving.

What are you thankful for?

I’ll start…

Day 1

God’s Grace.

Titus 2:11-12 KJV

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, [12] Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Day 2.

I’m grateful for Rain.

Matthew 5:45 KJV

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

day 3.

I’m grateful for the ADVOCATE, Christ Jesus, who makes ATONEMENT.

1 John 2:1-5 KJV

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: [2] And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. [3] And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. [4] He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. [5] But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

day 4.

I’m grateful for TRANSPORTATION so we’re able to GO and peach the gospel.

Mark 16:15-16 KJV

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. [16] He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

day 5.

I’m grateful for INVOCATION (prayer).

1 John 5:14-15 KJV

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: [15] And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (cf John 9:31)

day 6.

I’m grateful for THE TEMPLE of God, His body, the church.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 KJ21

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? [17] If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy. For the temple of God is holy, and ye are that temple. (1Peter 2:5)

day 7.

I’m grateful for the UNDERSTANDABLE Word of God.

Ephesians 3:3-4 KJ21

how by revelation He made known unto me the mystery (as I wrote before in a few words, [4] whereby when ye read this, ye may understand my knowledge of the mystery of Christ),

(cf. John 20:30-31; Rom 10:17)

day 8.

I’m grateful for my DEBT to God being paid by Christ, the Propitiation for my sins.

1 John 2:2-4 KJV

And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. [3] And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. [4] He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Propitiation= 2434 hilasmós – properly, propitiation; an offering to appease (satisfy) an angry, offended party. 2434 (hilasmós) is only used twice (1Jn 2:2, 4:10) – both times of Christ’s atoning blood that appeases God’s wrath.

day 9.

I’m grateful for the ELECTION of the saints.

2 Peter 1:10 KJV

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and ELECTION sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

Biblical ELECTION is God choosing those who seek Him and obey the Gospel. (Heb 5:8-9; 2Thess 1:7-8). Biblical Election is NOT God randomly choosing individuals to be lost or saved.

He gave His Son to bring the means of salvation to any who will obey Him.

Why are you GRATEFUL?

Things to protect pt5: TIME

O Timothy! keep that which is committed to thy trust,” (1Tim 6:20).

We’ve been taking a closer look at the 7 things we ought to protect.

This next one is about protecting our TIME. We won’t be talking about the extending of our lives, rather that we must act promptly because of the uncertainty of longevity. There’s a major reason to be concerned about TIME.

NOBODY knows how much time we have left before the Lord’s return, nor how long we will live.

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matt 24:36).

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14).

Due to the certainty of this fact, we shall look at Paul’s discussion of time in the letter to the Ephesians. “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph 5:15-16). He gives a list of 4 things the Saint does in Redeeming the TIME.

Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Eph 5:17). The first thing Paul tells us to do in redeeming the time is to be wise, (to THINK, to Study) so we may know what God wants. This is so important because Jesus will be using His word at the judgment. “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48; cf. Matt 7:21-23; Luke 6:46). Since this is true, it’s imperative that we spend some time learning of Him through His word.

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18) The next thing is a don’t which is very much related to the first. Don’t get drunk, distracted, INTOXICATED with excesses. It’s impossible to do the first if we’re interfering with our minds ability to think. Other things that do the same are the myriad of distractions that occupy our time. The opposite of this “do not” is to “be filled with the Spirit” which points back to the first point. How is one filled with the Spirit? In as much as they are filled with the word delivered through inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Note what Paul wrote earlier through inspiration of the Holy Spirit; “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ” (Eph 3:3-4; cf. John 20:30-31;).

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph 5:19); Continuing on in the discussion of redeeming the time, Paul tells the Saint to MAKE MELODY in your heart to the Lord. In the letter to the Colossians he also says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Col 3:16). Do you see a connection to the first part of redeeming the time? It’s about the word of Christ. In addition to knowing it ourselves, we are to teach it to other Saints. One way this is done is through song, in particular, during the time we gather together on the first day of the week. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb 10:25).

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph 5:20). At all times the Saint is to live their lives in EXPRESSING Thanks to God for EVERY THING. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1Thess 5:18). Joy is impossible without gratitude. It is essential for the Saints to remember; “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). This knowing that all that desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution, and we’re to count it all joy when we face various temptations (cf. 2Tim 3:12; Jas 1:2-4). In the passage from James, he reconnects it to THINKING on God’s word, acquiring His wisdom. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (Jas 1:4; cf. Jas 3:17). Right back at the beginning of Redeeming the Time.

At no point have we concerned ourselves with extending our time, not that there’s anything wrong with that. The Saint is to primarily be concerned with redeeming the TIME because the days are evil. None of us wants to be caught off guard should the Lord return in our lifetime, nor be unprepared to face the Lord when our time on earth is over (cf. Luke 12:16-21).

Spencer

Give THANKS for He is GOOD

This week our nation pauses to give thanks. I’m unsure as to who the Atheist, Agnostic, Arrogant or the Absent minded shall thank, but the Christian has an ALMIGHTY GOD to whom we can give thanks. Rather than more words from me, let’s go to the Psalms of Thanksgiving. [Note: The Hebrew word for ‘THANKS’ <yadah> is also translated as ‘praise’ This bulletin only contains the verses translated as ‘THANKS’]

Psa 6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee THANKS?

Psa 18:49 Therefore will I give THANKS unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

 

That I may publish with the voice of THANKSgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. Psa 26:7

 

Psa 30:4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give THANKS at the remembrance of his holiness.

Psa 30:12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give THANKS unto thee for ever.

 

I will give thee THANKS in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. Psa 35:18

 

Psa 50:14 Offer unto God THANKSgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:

Psa 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with THANKSgiving.

Psa 75:1 <<To the chief Musician, Altaschith, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.>> Unto thee, O God, do we give THANKS, unto thee do we give THANKS: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

Psa 79:13 So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee THANKS for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

Psa 92:1 <<A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day.>> It is a good thing to give THANKS unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

Psa 95:2 Let us come before his presence with THANKSgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with Psalms.

 

Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give THANKS at the remembrance of his holiness. Psa 97:12

 

Psa 100:4 Enter into his gates with THANKSgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Psa 105:1 O give THANKS unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

Psa 106:1 Praise ye the LORD. O give THANKS unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psa 106:47 Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give THANKS unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise.

 

O give THANKS unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psa 107:1

 

Psa 107:8 Oh, that men would give THANKS to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Psa 107:15 Oh, that men would give THANKS to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

 

Oh, that men would give THANKS to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Psa 107:21

 

Psa 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of THANKSgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

Psa 116:17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of THANKSgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

Psa 118:1 O give THANKS unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.

Psa 118:29 O give THANKS unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psa 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give THANKS unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

Psa 122:4 Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give THANKS unto the name of the LORD.

Psa 136:1 O give THANKS unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psa 136:2 O give THANKS unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psa 136:3 O give THANKS to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psa 136:26 O give THANKS unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psa 140:13 Surely the righteous shall give THANKS unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

Psa 147:7 Sing unto the LORD with THANKSgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17