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Give Thanks and then Give

Harvest 2017  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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Giving thanks pleases God, helps others and helps us. We must be thankful.

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1. Give Thanks for WHO God Is

1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: For his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good:
For his mercy endureth for ever.
The mistake of only thanking God for His works
a. Limited by the good times
Limited by the good times
b. Limited by our definition of good
Limited by our definition of good
b. The mistake of only thanking God for what we see
The mistake of only thanking God for what we see
The mistake of only thanking God for what we see
a. Limited by our definition of good
Limited by our definition of good
b. Limited by our understanding
Limited by our understanding
c. Limited by our knowledge
Limited by our knowledge
c. The joy of praising God for WHO He is
The joy of praising God for WHO He is
The joy of praising God for WHO He is
a. Consistent praise
Consistent praise
b. Constant praise
Constant praise
c. Selfless praise
Selfless praise
i. Truly God-centered worship
Truly God-centered worship
ii. Not distracted by anyone or anything
Not distracted by anyone or anything
God Is
d. God Is
God Is
i. God is – ; AM
God is – ; AM
ii. Love –
Love –
But confident in self-despair;
Speak to my heart, in blessings speak,
Be conquered by my instant prayer;
Speak, or Thou never hence shalt move,
And tell me if Thy name is Love.
’Tis Love! ’tis Love! Thou diedst for me!
I hear Thy whisper in my heart;
The morning breaks, the shadows flee,
Pure, universal love Thou art;
To me, to all Thy bowels move;
Holy –
Thy nature and Thy name is Love.
I know Thee, Saviour, who Thou art.
Jesus, the feeble sinner’s friend;
Nor wilt Thou with the night depart.
But stay and love me to the end,
Thy mercies never shall remove;
Thy nature and Thy name is Love.
Holy –
iv. Light –
Light –
v. Faithful –
Faithful –
e. God’s mercy
God’s mercy
i.
ii. How is God’s mercy seen? Look at the rest of
How is God’s mercy seen? Look at the rest of
1. 7-12 - Unbelief
7-12 - Unbelief
2. 13-15 - Discontent/Unthankful
13-15 - Discontent/Unthankful
3. 16-18 - Jealousy/Rebellion
16-18 - Jealousy/Rebellion
4. 19-23 - Idolatry
19-23 - Idolatry
5. 24-27 - Drawing Back/Backsliding
24-27 - Drawing Back/Backsliding
6. 28-31 - Apostasy
28-31 - Apostasy
7. 32-33 - Anger in actions and words
32-33 - Anger in actions and words
8. 34-39 - Paganization/Compromise
34-39 - Paganization/Compromise

2. Give Thanks for What God Has Done

2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? Who can shew forth all his praise?
Who can shew forth all his praise?
God’s Mighty Acts Revealed
a.God’s Mighty Acts Revealed
Creation
a. Creation
The Flood
b. The Flood
Salvation - He who is mighty! – (verse 4)
c. Salvation - He who is mighty! – (verse 4)
His promises (verse 5)
d. His promises (verse 5)
God’s Mighty Acts Unseen
b. God’s Mighty Acts Unseen
More than can be told –
a. More than can be told –
The things we take for granted
b. The things we take for granted
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3. Give Thanks for Each Other

3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, And he that doeth righteousness at all times.
And he that doeth righteousness at all times.
Thankfulness leads to obedience
i. Those who praise in verses 1 and 2 seem to be in mind in
Those who praise in verses 1 and 2 seem to be in mind in verse 3
verse 3
When we see God’s goodness we will want to obey Him
ii. When we see God’s goodness we will want to obey Him
Give thanks for one another
b. Give thanks for one another
i. Seek out fellowship with one another
Seek out fellowship with one another
ii. When you’re busy being thankful for others
When you’re busy being thankful for others you’re less likely to tear them down
1. you’re less likely to tear them down
2. You’ll observe their burdens and get alongside
You’ll observe their burdens and get alongside them
them
Application:
What happens to the unthankful?
Self-Pity – Why me?
Bitterness – Why them?
Ingratitude – no perception of what they do have.
Selfishness – I have so little, I can’t spare anything
Become distant from God
Give Thanks
What happens to the thankful?
They become more thankful
Thankfulness leads to thankfulness
Thankfulness can be a habit
“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” – William Blake
“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” – William Blake
Their faith grows stronger
They recognise God working and it excites them
They remember because they give thanks and so they look forward to the future
look forward to the future
They anticipate more because they’ve seen God work already
already
They become more joyful
When you feel blessed you will know joy
When you focus on the blessings you’ll suppress the discouragements.
discouragements.
Thankfulness leads to generosity
The people who think themselves wealthy will find many worse off around them.
many worse off around them.
If you feel wealthy and can see others going without and feel no compulsion to help them, then there is a cold heart that needs revival.
without and feel no compulsion to help them,
then there is a cold heart that needs revival.
They edify others
They see the good in others
They tell others of the good they see
They grow closer to God
They see more of God’s goodness
They see more of God’s works
They want to know God better
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