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Give Thanks For Everything (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)Jeff Patton, December 1, 2019
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The Bible doesn’t say to just give thanks when it’s going good. We are we not thankful as Christians? As Christians we know we are going to have problems whether we like that or not. God doesn’t look at Christians and say that since they follow Christ they should have it easy. Christians must suffer for Christ. We can’t see what God is doing and likewise His thoughts. Have you ever acted spoiled, thought why you don’t have what others have or get? We all deserve to be in Hell. Everything we have is from God, even that job we hate to go to. We are not thankful enough to God.
One can’t just name it and claim it. This religion is false and goes entity against the Word of God. If it was true then not a single person would have to suffer because who doesn’t want to suffer? If it was based upon simply just being a Christian then everyone would want to be saved just because they would have the best in town, cause who wouldn’t want that best?
You know yourself better than anyone else. You know how selfish, greedy and lustful you really are. We all suffer with our flesh every second of the day. God isn’t a respecter of persons and therefore doesn’t give because He loves more or likes one more than another.
Matthew 20. In this story we read that those that just showed up deserved to also have. We are also like this. We think that just because we showed up to church, gave a little more in the offering, gave some time to feed the homeless. That not how salvation works or being a Christian works at all. The person on death row that gets saved prior to death gets the same treatment as the preacher that led many to salvation.
Just because we sin doesn’t mean that God stops loving us. We will be chastised but this is because He loves us, not because of hate. Gods will is that no person should perish but be saved and live forever. A huge step back for us to to simply deny yourselves and let God drive and control your life. He’s in control of it anyway, so just let go and let God be God. Whether we want Him to control our lives or not, He’s STILL in control. We should be thankful that we didn’t get everything that we think we deserved. It’s Gods will that we worship Him and honor Him. Thank God you didn’t get that promotion at work because it may have led you to be away from Him due to traveling. We ask amiss.
All things, ALL things work towards to the goodness of God for those that love Him and do for Him. Be thankful in ALL things. When you pray do you ask a lot of “me” stuff?
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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16Rejoice evermore. 17Pray without ceasing. 18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (KJV)