People's Church Falcon Lake
1st Thessalonians 5:18
3 levels of thanksgiving in Scripture
Give thanks in all circumstances. 41 year old passed away suddenly. Another family is broken. Cancer and rebellious children.
Thanksgiving is the healthiest of human emotions.
A researcher found all his rats dead from stress. Gratitude produces more good hormones than anything.
Grumpy people drain our energy.
Thanksgiving is Spiritually healthy.
1. Natural Thanksgiving. Pilgrims gave thanks for surviving a year. Martin Frobisher in 1575 celebrated thanksgiving in Canada.
The seasons work and we have a fertile land. God has blessed us.
We are more blessed than most of the world. If you have money in your pocket you are richer than 92% of the world. How many times have you thanked God for your socks? A Cuban pastor took a long time to absorb the newness of the socks. Mark 30 in Zambia is now an old man where life expectancy is 38. They live on $0.70 /day.
How often do we thank God for our natural provisions?
2. Outlandish Thanksgiving
There are many things that make us anxious. Child not walking with the Lord.
Do we grit our teeth to not be anxious? There is a big word BUT in all things GIVE THANKS TO GOD. What threatens me does not threaten God. Give everything to God.
Lord thank you for your sufficiency in this situation. Trust and gratitude to God are the hallmarks of God. When you look back did you realize the sufficiency of God?
Psalm David says I'm drowning in sorrow. Headed for destruction. V5 but I have trusted in the Lord my God. Phil 4 by prayer and petition.
You'll experiences God's peace. Beyond understanding.
When Jesus was in the threshold of agony he gave thanks. At the last supper.
3. Supernatural Thanksgiving
When the lights go off or we hit fog in life we can give thanks working out God's purposes in life.
The essence of thanksgiving is to trust God. In all circumstances. Peace.
Thank you thank you thank you is the language of the Christian.
Father bring us genuine deep thanksgiving.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Amen.