GIVING THANKS – THE THANKFUL, THE FAITHFUL & THE GOOD GAUGE

GIVING THANKS – THE THANKFUL, THE FAITHFUL & THE GOOD GAUGE

By Pastor Toks

There are three important acts of reverence to God that believers are expected to live continually by.

They are – Thanksgiving, Praise and Worship!

 

Quoting a man of God, late Pa Derek Prince, 

* By Thanksgiving, we appreciate God’s GOODNESS.

* By Praise, we extol God’s GREATNESS.

* By Worship, we magnify God’s HOLINESS.

The Bible is full of admonitions and even examples of those who made thanksgiving, praise and worship their lifestyle. Aren’t we going to the same heaven?

Psalm 35: 18

“I will give thee thanks in the great congregation:

I will praise thee among much people”

Psalm 119: 62 – 64

“At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee

because of thy righteous judgments.

I am a companion of all them that fear thee,

and of them that keep thy precepts.

The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy:

teach me thy statutes”

 

THANKSGIVING – THE GOOD GAUGE (SOUND BAROMETER)

Colossians 3:15–17

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”

This passage makes two demands of us:

  • to do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, and

  • to give thanks while doing them.

To Do All Things In His Name:

This righteous demand is a good gauge for every believer to monitor his or her lifestyle or minute by minute activities!

It is a basic principle to guide our words and actions.

I always cherish Dr Scofield’s commentary on John 15 – Abiding in Christ

To abide in Christ is, on the one hand, to have

  • no known sin unjudged and unconfessed,

  • no interest into which He is not brought,

  • no life which He cannot share. On the other hand, the abiding one takes all burdens to Him, and draws all wisdom, life and strength from Him. It is not unceasing consciousness of these things, and of Him, but that nothing is allowed in the life which separates from Him.

To Give Thanks While Doing Them:

Thankfulness, or gratitude, is the appropriate response to what God has done and is still doing for us. It is something that we owe to God, something we need to pay.

1 Thess 5: 12 – 16

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”

Colossians 1:9-13

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son”

Ephesians 5:20 

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”

There is no question about the great need for thankfulness in our day. Much of society’s ills today are the result of a lack of gratitude.

The Bible sets unthankful people apart from thankful people. The Bible lets us know that to be unthankful is a sin, a grievous sin, as it should be.

When someone does something for you, the response of your heart and your lips should be “Thank You!”

Whether it’s God, your next door neighbor, someone in the church, or even a complete stranger. When someone gives you something that belongs to them; time, money, prayer, love, the response should be thankful.

 

Unthankfulness In The Last Days

2 Timothy 3:2 (KJV)

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,…”

In verse two, Paul tells Timothy that among the “lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, and unholy” would be people who were unthankful.

Grievous Implications Of Unthankfulness 

(1) Unthankfulness linked directly with unholiness!

Hebrews 12:14 

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord”

(2) Unthankful hearts can never be faithful!

Do we recall the case of the 10 lepers in the account in Luke 17, verse 19 reveals something!

The Thankful – The Faithful

“And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole

“Thy faith hath made thee whole.”

The man was expressing thankfulness, but Jesus accounted it to Him for Faith.

Luke 17: 19

And He said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Who is The Faithful?

  1. strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.

  2. true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.

  3. steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant: faithful friends.

  4. reliable, trusted, or believed.

  5. adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful account; a faithful copy.

  6. full of faith; believing.

The Faithful is not considering the past losses…

The Faithful is not short-circuiting the grace bestowed on him by wondering “why me?”

The Faithful is not comparing himself with others who seem to have been better favoured.

The Faithful is not bitter about past disadvantage.

The Faithful only magnifies the graciousness of the One who has bestowed ability, grace, assistance, favour, opportunity, ….

The Faithful is only concerned about NOW AND FOREVER!

That is why the Word about the Faithful is “Now, Faith is”

(3) Unthankfulness threatens access to His Presence

Psalm 100:4 

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:

be thankful unto him, and bless his name”

Psalm 140: 13

“Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name:

the upright shall dwell in thy presence”

(4) Unthankfulness quenches the fire of the Spirit!

Thankfulness releases our spirits for acceptable worship and service.

Hebrews 12:28 NASB

“Let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe”

Without gratitude, our services to God will not be acceptable. It is that “attitude of gratitude” that makes our services acceptable and releases our spirits.

1 Thess 5:18–19 NASB

“In everything give thanks; for this [giving thanks] is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

Do not quench the Spirit”

That is a clear commandment: if we do not give thanks, we are being disobedient. We are also out of the will of God. In addition, failing to give thanks quenches the Spirit. The only release for the Spirit—to serve God acceptably— is through thanksgiving.

Hebrews 12: 29

“For our God is a consuming fire”

Prayer:

Thank You, Lord, for all You have done for me. I proclaim that as I approach a holy, awe- inspiring God with a humble, thankful heart, that attitude releases my spirit for acceptable worship and service. I shall show gratitude. Amen.

Being Thankful – Emotional Path

Being thankful is not a natural state of mind for most people.

For it to come emotionally, being thankful comes from knowing want. It comes from not having.

  • A woman will be thankful for the husband she has when she understands what it means to not have a good husband.

  • A man will be thankful for the job he has when he has gone through a long period of time where he had no job.

  • Being broke teaches you how to be thankful.

  • Being sick teaches you how to be thankful for painless days.

  • Near death sickness teaches you how to be thankful for each and every day.

  • Being lonely teaches you how to be thankful for someone who goes out of their way to be your friend.

The Exercise Of The Will – God’s Demand!

To be thankful is a direct command of Scripture; if we are not thankful, we are being disobedient.

1 Thess 5:

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”

Thankfulness, like most important attitudes of the Christian life, must originate in the will, not necessarily in the emotions. We do not have to feel thankful in order to be thankful.

What should we be grateful for?  

First of all,

We should be grateful for the wonderful cross and His work for us there.

We are compelled to depend upon the Holy Ghost  every day and be led by him.

We ought to be grateful for His willingness to lead us each and every day.

We give thanks because He abides with us as a present and personal Comforter and Counselor.

We give thanks because He has made our heart His temple.

We give thanks because He works in us all that is gracious, virtuous, and well-pleasing in the sight of God.

God wants us to first be thankful for His Present and Future Blessings

And our thanks should always be directed to the Lord.

Everything; every good day, every pay raise, every good Dr. report, every help, every encouragement, every big and every little thing that encourages and blesses our life we should be thankful to God for.

Without that thankfulness we almost assuredly hinder the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

  

The Miracle Of Thanksgiving 

Luke 17:12-19 (KJV)

“And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole”

Look at this with me…

Verses 15 and 16

“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan”

While the 9 unthankful went on their way, this one man falls on his face at the feet of Jesus and cries out with a loud voice in thanksgiving, glorifying God.

Jesus noticed a distinct difference between this man and the other 9.

Verses 17 – 19

“And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole”

Jesus asks the question, “Where are the other 9?”

Jesus made mention of the fact that some people appreciate when something good is done to them and some don’t.

In fact, the percentage of unthankful people in this account of Jesus’s ministry is alarming. 90% of the people in this particular miracle were unthankful.

But Praise God for the 10%.

Thank God for the few that come back and say “Thank you”

Thanksfulness brings into our lives that re-reward the Bible talks about.

The extra blessing.

The added bonus.

The thing that not everybody else gets.

Why don’t you think about what you have to be thankful for today?

Why not make a list of the things the Lord has brought you through and tell Him one more time; “Thank You.”

 

2Samuel 22: 46 – 51

Strangers shall fade away,

and they shall be afraid out of their close places.

The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock;

and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

It is God that avengeth me,

and that bringeth down the people under me,

And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies:

thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me:

thou hast delivered me from the violent man.

Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen,

and I will sing praises unto thy name.

He is the tower of salvation for his king:

and sheweth mercy to his anointed,

unto David, and to his seed for evermore.

1 Chron 16: 8-19; 34-36

Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name,

make known his deeds among the people.

Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him,

talk ye of all his wondrous works.

Glory ye in his holy name:

let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord”

“ O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good;

for his mercy endureth for ever. And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation,

and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen,

that we may give thanks to thy holy name,

and glory in thy praise. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever”

Psalm 145

“I will extol thee, my God, O king;

and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

Every day will I bless thee;

and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;

and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall praise thy works to another,

and shall declare thy mighty acts.

I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty,

and of thy wondrous works”

Psalm 35: 18

“I will give thee thanks in the great congregation:

I will praise thee among much people”

Why not lift our hands and yield ourselves to Him with thanksgiving today?