TOPIC: Be Thankful
MEMORY VERSE: “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.” – Psalms 95:2
BIBLE PASSAGE: Psalms 100:1-5
1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath 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 unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
INTRODUCTION: To be thankful literally means to be full of thanks or appreciation. It is an expression of gratitude to someone. Thankfulness in this context is an act of thanksgiving or a show of gratitude to God. Though some people are ungrateful for various reasons, we must not be ingrates because of its attendant dangers.
REASONS AND BENEFIT OF THANKSGIVING
DANGERS OF INGRATITUDE
1. REASONS AND BENEFITS OF THANKSGIVING
Thanksgiving is a command (1 Chron.16:8).
The request of a believer should start and end with thanksgiving. We thank God for victories over battles of life. (Jonah 2:9). It is important to thank God for His mercies and divine provisions (Ps. 68:19; Mic. 7:18-20). Thanksgiving is offered to God for His miracles and restoration of hope. (1Sam.2:1-5; Ps 126:1-2). The primary reason God created us in His image is for fellowship, thanksgiving, praise and joyful heart (Isa.43:21).
If you will cultivate the habit of showing gratitude to God, you will compel overflowing blessings from Him. These blessings include: answered prayers (John 11:41-44); abundant provision (Mk.8:6-8); deliverance from bondage (Acts 16:25-26). Thankful people are peaceful and joyful (Phil.4:6-7). They enjoy divine presence (Ps.22:3; 95:2), complete restoration, wholeness (Lk.17:16-19) and victory without a fight (2 Chron. 20:21-23).
2. DANGERS OF INGRATITUDE
Ingratitude is the result of vain imagination and a darkened heart. Sometimes your thanksgiving is senseless to the ordinary person but it is more profitable to be thankful than to grumble or complain (Rom.1:12; Prov.15:8). There are several reasons people are ungrateful to God. Sin or spiritual blindness (Eph.4:17-18). Refusal to take account what God has done (Romans 1:21). Pride (Acts 12:21-23).
Every acts of ingratitude comes with its own attendant danger. Risk of losing the existing blessing, salvation and Heaven. (Matt. 25:24-25&30). Limiting one’s blessings or answered prayers (Lk.17:12-16,19). It could result in emptiness and sorrow (Pro.15:13; 17:22) thereby, making practically restoration difficult.
CONCLUSION: Showing of gratitude to God ensures continuous divine presence and fellowship.
Mention some of the reasons for thanksgiving.
Why is ingratitude dangerous?
Monday: Psalm 50:14 (KJV)
14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
Tuesday: Psalm 67:3 (KJV)
3 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
Wednesday: Psalm 92:1 (KJV)
1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:
Thursday: Psalm 103:2 (KJV)
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Friday: Psalm 137:5 (KJV)
5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
Saturday: Isaiah 17:10 (KJV)
10 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:
Sunday: Hosea 8:14 (KJV)
14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) people who gave thanks to God with reference from the Bible.