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Thankfulness A Strong Support of our life in Christ

Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Romans 8:1 
 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Introduction- thankfulness- 
“a true life spirit of appreciation and gratitude“
How does this attitude support or help our Faith. Does it matter? Yes!!!!

I. Growing in Faith
A. 2 Peter 3:17-18
17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

B. 1 Timothy 4:15
15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

C. When we are not constantly having to repent of our grouchy attitude we become more like Christ much more effectively.

D. Be careful of a Thomas spirit

II. Teaching (witnessing) others of our Faith

A.Hebrews 13:15-19 
5 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
18 Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably. 19 But I especially urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.

B.Ezra 3:11 also singing 
11 And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.”
Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

C.When we are thankful for God’s personal blessings we should tell others and explain how to do it.

D. A song of praise in our hearts feeds our thankful attitude.

III. Live all our life embracing thankfulness

A.Colossians 3:17
 7 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him

B.Hebrews 12:28-29
 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

C.God doesn’t desire for us to have any hidden parts, be thankful!!!!

D.Proverbs 16:9. As we live in and teach others about thankfulness, God will direct our life 
9 A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.

Conclusion - may we work on our thankfulness!

November 7, 2021
Thankfulness, It Happened To Me

Philippians 4:6-7
 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Thankfulness- A mindset of appreciation.
Today we are going to examine how we can be specifically thankful for specific answers to prayer.

I.Thankful for victory over evil
Exodus 15:20-21 
20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. 21 And Miriam answered them:

“Sing to the Lord,
For He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!”

II.Thankful for a revelation in a confusing situation.
Daniel 2:23 
23 “I thank You and praise You,
O God of my fathers;
You have given me wisdom and might,
And have now made known to me what we asked of You,
For You have made known to us the king’s demand.”

III.Thankful for a personal healing from God
Luke 17:15-19  
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.

17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

It happened to me

November 14, 2021
Singing for a Reason

 Psalm 100:1-5
100 Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

 Thankfulness- living life in the spirit of appreciation.
Praise a very important part of expressing our thankfulness. 
Singing has been part of a thanks to God for centuries. 
Today we are going to Sing for a Reason. 
Amen, here goes;

I. Singing for the Physical Reminders of Worship
A. Ezra 10:10-11  
10 Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have transgressed and have taken pagan wives, adding to the guilt of Israel. 11 Now therefore, make confession to the Lord God of your fathers, and do His will; separate yourselves from the peoples of the land, and from the pagan wives.”

 Hebrews 10:24-25
 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

B. The church house, a place to gather, worship, inspire, instruct and convict.

C. Let us sing, “Here I Am to Worship “

D. Gather video “This is the Place”

II. Singing for the Personal experience of Forgiveness
A.Ephesians 5:15-21
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 
16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.

 Hebrews 2:11-12
11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 
12 saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”

B.Conduct in support of personal transformation

C.Submissive to God’s Direction

D. Singing to express our Joy!

E.Let us sing, “Thank You, Lord”

F. “Create in me a clean heart”

III. Singing for the Joy of a Shepherds Love
A.Psalm 95:6-7
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7 For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you will hear His voice:

 John 10:13-15
13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

B.Our Shepherd gives protection, direction, food and drink, LIFE!

C. Let us sing, “I Love You, Lord”

Conclusion- Lord thank you for giving us a song!

November 21, 2021
Gratitude Sunday

Text Psalm 9:1
  I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.

 Thankfulness- living in a spirit of appreciation.
Today is an opportunity for us to say, thank you, Father.
We all have things to express today.

1. Tell of God’s Enduring Love
Ezra 3:11
 11 And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.”
Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

2. Tell of God’s Wonderful Deed’s
Psalm 9:1
9 I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.

3. Tell of God’s Answers to Prayer
Colossians 4:2
 2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;

Conclusion- We are Blessed

November 28, 2021