Thanksgiving is NOT a popular theme. Certainly not thanksgiving to God!
We’re living in the last days before Christ returns.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” II Tim. 3:1-5
Evidence of Unthankfulness
School kids are taught that Thanksgiving came about as a result of the Pilgrims thanking the Indians for what they had done for them. Forgotten is the fact that the Pilgrims met with the Indians to thank God for His provision and protection. Forgotten is the fact that when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, they thanked God for a safe voyage to this new land..
Bowing the head and closing the eyes and giving thanks to God for food is considered an oddity, especially when it is done in public.
Seldom does anyone ever write a thank you note anymore for gifts given. We are told, “It’s just not the custom today”
Unthankfulness is the first step down the road of depravity.
Unthankfulness is a serious and gross sin. Romans 1:21-32 describes this road of depravity and it all start with unthankfulness to God. An unthankful person becomes vain in his thinking and his heart and mind are darkened. Beware if you are not thankful that God made you a man or a woman. Your unthankfulness will lead to sin and depravity.
Thanksgiving is a choice.
The only alternative to being thankful is to be bitter and complaining over our lot in life. I choose to be thankful because I know God is sovereign and good. I choose to be thankful and praise Him, for only then can I glorify Him. “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me” Psalm 50:23
Thanksgiving can be a sacrifice.
Sometimes offering thanksgiving to God when you don’t feel like it is a sacrifice. “By Him therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”
Thanksgiving is a normal response to salvation.
When one receives Christ and is saved, thanksgiving is the most normal response to God for His gracious Gift. One of the first prayers that ought to come from a new Christian is, “Thank you, God, for sending Your Son, the Lord Jesus to die for my sins and save me. Thank you for Your gift of eternal life.” Not only do we thank Him, but the normal response is to present our lives to God as a living sacrifice, ready to do His will. Romans 12:1-2
Have a blessed thanksgiving each day of your life.
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