Thanksgiving #3 Thank God for Who He Is
Thanksgiving #3 Thank God for Who He Is.
You should know this, …, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
In the last days, the last days started with the ascension of Jesus and will culminate in what we call His second coming. At that time Jesus will bring the Kingdom of God in full and the world and everyone in it will be changed. Right now, in these last days, people will be ungrateful. One reason for that ungratefulness is that many will have chosen not to know God.
“…they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.
Psalms 50:23 (NCV)
Those people honor me who bring me offerings to show thanks. And I, God, will save those who do that.“
God saves those who give Him thanks, demonstrable thanks. We have our little formulas like acknowledge, believe commit and ask, but here’s something else to consider, God saves those who offer Him thanks.
Jesus told us that we can know a person by what they do. We say someone is loving because they do loving things. We say someone is kind because they do kind things. We say someone is evil because of the purposeful wrong they do.
By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
God is love.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
What Does the Goodness of God Really Mean? | HuffPost We know that God is good therefore we can give thanks to God that He is the way He is
3. We give thanks to God because He is just.
“God is just…”
Those people honor me who bring me offerings to show thanks. And I, God, will save those who do that.
A thank offering cannot be commanded. How can one demand that you be grateful? An offering of thanks is something you do from the heart. When you know that God has bestowed favor upon you the natural response is make a thanksgiving offering. An offering means we are giving something up, we are surrendering our time, our talents, our treasures, what is ours we are giving it as an offering that makes our thanks tangible, demonstrable. What we are concentrating on is offering thanks not for what God has blessed us with, but rather who God is. Consider these three examples for how to say thank you to God for being who He is. All are expressions of gratitude.
Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field.
Deuteronomy 11:1 (MSG)
“…guard well his rules and regulations; obey his commandments for the rest of time.”
When Jesus prayed “Not my will, but yours…” He was preparing himself to give a thank offering (Matthew 26:39)
2. We thank God for who He is our worship. Your, music, singing, clapping, shouting, dancing, raising your hands in adoration, are thankful offerings.
Praise the Lord with melodies …praise God’s name with singing …clap your hands! … Shout to God with joyful praise! ..Praise his name with dancing … lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
3. We thank God for who He is by our testimony to others of what God has done for us (Isaiah 12:4).
I wash my hands to declare my innocence. I come to your altar, O Lord, singing a song of thanksgiving and telling of all your wonders.
Offer thanksgiving sacrifices, tell the world what he's done…
When you tell others what He has done for you, you are making a thanksgiving offering for who God is. Our testimony is that offering.
4. We thank God for who He is by our choices to live devout and holy lives.
Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing”