An Attitude of Gratitude

Sermon Series: Being Thankful

11/28/2021

LIVESTREAM LINK: https://youtu.be/feLWDQ8jzy0

1 Thessalonians 5:18 AMP. “in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”


Remember: NO MATTER WHAT BE THANKFUL AND CONTINUALLY GIVE THANKS TO GOD; THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR YOU IN CHRIST JESUS.


As we enter December we are in the home stretch. We close to closing the doors of 2021. Wow what a challenging changing year it has been. The two words for 2021 for me I see is CHALLENGING WHICH LED TO CHANGES.


WHEN YOU ARE FACING A CHALLENGE OR CHALLENGES IT WILL REQUIRE CHANGE OR CHANGES. WE FOUND OUT WE HAD TO CHANGE HOW WE DO LIFE, TRAVEL, BUSINESS, SHOP, COMMUNICATE, WORK, CHURCH, EVERYTHING. THE REALLY ONLY CONSTANT WAS JESUS.


THANKSGIVING IS NOT A ONE DAY A YEAR HOLIDAY WE SPEND BEING GLUTTONS. YOU KNOW EATING AS MUCH TURKEY, HONEY BAKED HAM, MASHED POTATOES AND DRESSING AND OF COURSE CRANBERRY SAUCE.


NO THANKSGIVING IS A LIFE STYLE, IT IS A WAY OF LIFE OF THE DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY CHRISTIAN, BUT CHRISTIANS DO NOT HAVE THE LIFE STYLE OF JESUS.


JESUS SAID THINGS LIKE FOLLOW ME, SERVE OTHERS, GIVE TO THE NEEDY, HELP THOSE WHO ARE DOWN, WASH THE FEET, LOVE, GIVE ON AND ON WITH LIFESTYLE OF ACTIONS AND BEHAVIORS. THESE ARE HOW DISCIPLES OF JESUS LIVE AND DO.


WE ARE NOT JUST A CHURCH WHERE PEOPLE COME TO FEEL GOOD. DESTINY CENTER IS A CHURCH BODY WHERE WE ARE ABOUT RESULTS. WE ARE ABOUT TRANSFORMATION BY RENEWING YOUR MIND. ROMANS 12:2. IS OUR PURPOSE. WHEN WE ARE IN THIS ACTIVE WAY OF LIVING YOU WILL LIVE A JESUS LIFESTYLE.


YOU WILL LIVE A LIFESTYLE OF FAITH AND WORKS WHICH WILL PRODUCE A LIFE THAT IS ALIVE. JESUS LIVING LIFESTYLE.


Thanksgiving is not something you just say, it is also somethings you do. Thanks-giving is the giving the action of thanks.


We know that JESUS has called us to do life by faith and not by sight. This is faith in action. We move, we give, we love, we serve, we forgive, we create based on faith in Jesus. We live in a time where it is so easy to say things with our words but not have the heart or action to back it up.


I remember growing up we would say, “Talk is cheep, back it up.” Don’t just say it, do it.

God had a problem with people who just talk the talk but did not walk the walk.


Matthew 15:8 AMP. “This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me.”


Isaiah spoke the same thing and Jesus is quoting him here to the people of His day. We can quote it for today.


It is so easy to say I love someone. How many realize it is whole lot more work and difficult to love with action. It is easier to love those who love you, but what about those who are difficult to love.


Love must have actions. Faith must have works and actions. Thanks must have actions of giving.


You can not have Thanks giving without the giving part. Giving is the essential part of being Thankful. People who struggle with giving are usually not really thankful. Thankful people are very liberal and giving people.


Remember the movie Scrooge. When he gets saved, delivered and set free by Jesus is so giving, and loving.


We will explore the giving side of Thanks and Thankfulness.


Paul is writing to the Church of Corinth. He is sharing his thoughts on them as a church and amazing group of givers. He is speaking to them to prepare the offering. He is sending labors to receive it and bring it back to the ministry. He shares how it will be used to help in spreading the Gospel and doing good works.


2 Corinthians 9:10 AMP. “Now He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing [that is, your resources] and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love].”


GIVING FROM A HEART AND LIFE OF THANKFULNESS AND GRATITUDE.


Points to ponder about Thanksgiving.


1. He meaning God provides seed. God gave Jesus as a seed for life, our lives. The seed carries the life inside of itself. The seed is the power and potential of life to produce more life and more seeds.


SEED IS a source of development or growth. A SEED IS THE SOURCE OF DEVELOPMENT OR GROWTH OF POWER, LIFE, CREATION, AND POTENTIAL TO REPRODUCE MORE SEEDS FOR MORE LIFE.


HE PROVIDES SEED. NOT YOU OR YOUR JOB OR INVESTMENTS. HE PROVIDES SEED.


IF YOU THINK YOUR THE PROVIDER THEN YOU WILL NOT EXPERIENCE THE POWER, POTENTIAL, AND THE BENEFITS OF THIS POWERFUL WORD FROM GOD.


HE PROVIDES THE SEED. IT IS NOT YOUR SEED. IT IS YOURS TO STEWARD OVER AND DISTRIBUTE AS HE SAYS.


HE PROVIDES SEED FOR THE SOWER. EVERY FARMER UNDERSTANDS HE MUST KEEP A PORTION OF SEED TO RESOW TO REPRODUCE MORE.


HE IS THE GOD OF MORE, MORE THAN ENOUGH. HE IS THE GOD OF MORE. SHOUT IT OUT. MORE. THE BIBILE TEACHES THAT WE SHOULD AT LEAST START WITH SOWING SEED OF TITHE 10% AND OFFERINGS. AS YOU PROSPER YOU CONTINUALLY INCREASE YOUR SEED SOWING.


2. HE PROVIDES SEED FOR BREAD THIS MEANS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND WHATEVER AND WHOMEVER ELSE YOU NEED TO CARE FOR.


NOTICE IN THE ORDER OF IMPORTANCE, GOD STARTS WITH THE SEED FOR SOWING. SOWING SEED IS FOR INCREASE FOR MORE SEED. SEED FOR BREAD TAKES CARE OF YOU FOR A WEEK. SEED FOR SOWING TAKES CARE OF YOU FOR A LIFE TIME.


3. FOR HE WILL PROVIDE AND MULTIPLY YOUR SEED FOR SOWING {THAT IS YOUR RESOURCES}.


HE PROVIDES SEED FOR SOWING, BUT HERE AN INCREASE NUGGET. HE MULTIPLIES YOUR SEED FOR SOWING. WHO GETS THE MULTIPLICATION? THE PERSON WHO HAS THE HEART AND ACTIONS OF A SOWER.


REMEMBER THE STORY OF TALENTS. THEY WERE SOWERS.


Matthew 25 is the story of Talents. The Master gave on person 5 talents, then another 2 and the last one, he gave one talent. He told them to go out sow and increase the talents. Talents was not singing and dancing. It was money, resources.


You know the story the one guy with 5 doubled his and the one with 2 doubled his. The one with one was afraid and was afraid of losing it so he just hid it and when the Master comes the 5 guy has 10, the 2 guy has 4 and the one guy still has his one.


I want you to see how Jesus sees this. He does not see as man. In our world they would say this is unfair. Have the government give him the increase. Jesus and His Word does not follow the culture or the woke beliefs.


The one guy who was afraid read.


Matthew 25:28 AMP. “So take the talent away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’


In our culture they would say Foul, not fair. Jesus is not about fair but about Truth and Principles.


Here is words of truth from Jesus for the sowers.


Matthew 25:29 AMP. “For to everyone who has [and values his blessings and gifts from God, and has used them wisely], more will be given, and [he will be richly supplied so that] he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have [because he has ignored or disregarded his blessings and gifts from God], even what he does have will be taken away.”


4. Everyone who has and values his blessings and gifts from God. From who? From God and has used them wisely. Wise seed sowers.


Wise Seed Sowers. Listen to the Word that God speaks to you. This is the 2 and 5 Talents person. Remember the 1 talent fearful person who is to afraid to Trust God and Believe God and do what God says to do. God said Give and it shall be given back to you pressed down shaken together and running over.


5. Matthew 25:29 “MORE WILL BE GIVEN AND HE WILL BE RICHLY SUPPLIED SO THAT HE WILL HAVE AN ABUNDANCE.


ABUNDANCE AND MORE IS A JESUS PROMISE FOR ONLY THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO BE SEED SOWERS. THIS IS THE PERSON WHO TRULY GIVING THANKS. ACTION IN THIER THANKS—-GIVING.


6. JUDGMENT OF THE FEARFUL WHO DOES NOT SOW OR INCREASE WITH THE SEEDS AND GIFTS GOD HAS GIVEN YOU.


MATTHEW 25:29 “but from the one who does not have [because he has ignored or disregarded his blessings and gifts from God], even what he does have will be taken away.”



TO THE SEED SOWER, FAITHFUL WITH THE TALENT AND RESOURCES GOD HAS GIVEN YOU. THOSE WHO SEE THE POWER AND POTENTIAL IN THIER SEED. THOSE WHO SEE THE POWER OF LIFE IN THIER SEED.


2 Corinthians 9:10b “ and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love].”


HARVEST OF YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS—WHICH SHOWS ITSELF IN ACTIVE GOODNESS, KINDNESS, AND LOVE.”

HERE IS THE FRUIT OF THANKSGIVING—-GIVING OF THANKS —ACTIVE GOODNESS, KINDNESS, AND LOVE.



2 Corinthians 9:11 AMP. “You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous, and this [generosity, administered] through us is producing thanksgiving to God [from those who benefit].”

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