|GIVING THANKS TO THE LORD
The Heart Of Every True Believer
Below is a quick study on thanksgiving. This is by no means an exhaustive study. We do encourage
our readers to read on further in their bibles for a more in-depth study. God bless you as you read.
1Thess 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ
Jesus concerning you.
The Christian way of life is one of thanksgiving. We, who are Believers in
Christ Jesus, do not need a reminder to give thanks. Our hearts are filled with
thanksgiving; our hearts cry from the depths of our being, "Thank you Lord
for all that You have done for us."
Throughout the Scriptures we see the people of God were a people who gave
thanks unto the Lord and it is still the same today. We are a people who serve
the Almighty God with a heart of thanksgiving. We stand in awe of His mighty
power. We ask the Lord the question, "What is man that Thou are mindful of
him?" His great love for us can never be fully comprehended. Our finite minds
cannot possibly comprehend... The God of the Universe cares for us. We are
very small and He is very great. He created us and came to this earth to die for
our sins. When we received the Lord Jesus Christ, we received fellowship with
God the Father and we cry, "Abba Father". What a wonderful truth!
In this brief study, we are going to review the many things we, Christians, are
1) We are most thankful for salvation through Jesus Christ, our Savior.
The Bible says in 2Cor 9:15: Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon
us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us
not, because it knew him not.
Our sins are forgiven. We are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb! Words can
never describe our gratitude for what the Lord has done for us in saving our
soul. We have access into God's presence through Jesus Christ:
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we
may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
2) We are thankful for the eternal future that is ours-- the victory that
through Christ is given to us:
1Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ.
Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be
partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
1Pe 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth
not away, reserved in heaven for you,
3) We are thankful for all the spiritual blessings and the wisdom that we
have in Christ Jesus:
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath
blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
2Cor 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in
Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
James 1:5 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.
James 1:17 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.
4) Thankful for the opportunity to fellowship with Him every day:
Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts
with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
This verse truly is an invitation to worship. It is not the worship that the
modern day professing church advocates. The worship found in Psalm 100:4
tells us to enter into his gates with thanksgiving. We do not enter His gates with
songs of repetition but we come into His gates with a heart filled with thanks
for all the many wonderful things the Lord has done for us. This requires more
than a robotic gesture of mouthing words or the singing of repetitious songs.
His gates are VERY great and we are thankful that we have the priviledge of
coming into His gates and then going even further into His courts. When we
enter His courts, we are in His very presence. The courts of the Lord is a
privilege only given to His Saints. We come praising Him-- not in fleshly
dance as many in the modern churches seem fit to do-- but we come praising
Him-- "Blessed are you O Lord for You have done great things." It is being
thankful to Him-- we bless Him from our heart. It is always a NEW praise
unto Him from our hearts-- for it is always a new day in which He has given
Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify
him with thanksgiving.
5) We are thankful for the opportunity to serve the Lord in whatever
capacity in which He has called us. He enables us by His Spirit to walk in His
ways-- the way in which He leads us:
2Tim 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according
to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us
in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Col 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all
patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the
Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
1Tim 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that
he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
6) We are thankful for the peace of God, which rules in our hearts. We are
thankful for our families, our children, and all our fellow Brethren, who
comprise the Body of Christ. We are thankful that we can worship the Lord in
one accord and also bear one another's burdens. Wherever a Christian may
travel, he always has family ties in a true bible believing church that he visits.
Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are
called in one body; and be ye thankful.
1Cor 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether
we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made
to drink into one Spirit.
1Thess 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you:
for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
Jud 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our
Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
7) We are thankful for necessities such as food and clothing and shelter.
We are thankful for His provisions in providing us the income necessary in
which to live in this world. The Lord provides for our needs. He blesses us
beyond our expectations.
Phi 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in
glory by Christ Jesus.
1Tim 4:4,5 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if
it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and
3John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be
in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
Rom 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that
regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth
to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord
he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
The Lord Jesus, when on this earth, always gave thanks to His Father in
Heaven. In Christ, we have the same privilege of giving thanks to our Father in
John 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he
distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and
likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
2Cor 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth
through us thanksgiving to God.
BEING THANKFUL IS A COMMANDMENT
Being thankful is a commandment in Scripture. And for the Christian, who
has trusted the Lord Jesus as their Savior, thanksgiving is a way of life.
It flows from our very hearts. No matter what one may be going through
at the moment, there is always something to be thankful for.
Col 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Psalm 26:7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all
thy wondrous works.
Phil 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Col 2:6,7 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in
him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have
been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
We encourage you now to open your bible and look up further passages on
giving thanks and having a thankful heart. God bless you as you read His Holy
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