I’m Giving Thanks

I’m giving Thanks to Jesus Christ for giving me another week to deer hunt with my son, and my mom and dad in WV. So I won’t be posting until the 26th. Before I take some time off, below is an encouragement for you to give thanks to God. Enjoy!

How to Become a Cynic  (the spirit of our age – lack of thanksgiving)

  1. Begin to thank God less and less for everything
  2. Make sure you perform all duties just as well
  3. Keep using Christian Language when appropriate
  4. Believe that most people are inferior and phony
  5. Develop a split personality (one for public and one for private, one for church and one for home, one for work and one for home, one for your church friends and one for everyone else)
  6. Never take the log out of your own eye – just keep harming others while trying to get the speck out of their eye.
  7. Never repent of self-righteousness
  8. Believe that I’m talking about someone else right now instead of you.

                   Why is saying thanks to God commanded for our good?

  1. Thanksgiving looks at reality in the face and is humbled that God would care so deeply.
  2. Thanksgiving defeats stinginess and protects a generous spirit. Tight-fisted people are not thankful. See Charles Dicken’s Scrooge.
  3. Thanksgiving defeats self-protection and fosters love that gives.
  4. Thanksgiving defeats pride and rebellion.
  5. Thanksgiving defeats an entitlement attitude.
  6. Thanksgiving defeats discontent.
  7. Thanksgiving protects humility in the face of suffering (when the temptation is to accuse God of injustice for your pain).

Thanklessness is the first sin to emerge from our rebellion against God:

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him – Romans 1:21

Giving Thanks to God is Part of what it means to Pray:

  • First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you – Romans 1:8
  • I give thanks to my God always for you – 1 Corinthians 1:4
  • I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers – Ephesians 1:16
  • I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine – Philippians 1:3-4
  • We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you – Colossians 1:3
  • We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers – 1 Thessalonians 1:2
  • We also thank God constantly – 1 Thessalonians 2:13
  • For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you? – 1 Thessalonians 3:9
  • We ought always to give thanks to God for you – 2 Thessalonians 1:3
  • But we ought always to give thanks to God for you – 2 Thessalonians 2:13
  • I thank God . . . as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day – 2 Timothy 1:3
  • I thank my God always when I remember you  in my prayers – Philemon 4

And We are Encouraged to Pray and Pray and Pray

  • In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God – Philippians 4:6
  • Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving – Colossians 4:2
  • Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances – 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

May the Lord protect your heart from cynicism by giving him thanks for all that he has done for you.

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