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Living Thanksgiving

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A life of thanksgiving will be a characteristic of every person who is in pursuit of a close relationship with Jesus.

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INTRODUCTION

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to stop and say thank you.
One of my favorite times to say thank you- Chickfila, “my pleasure”
Chickfila- “my pleasure”
A world where everyone is thankful and kind, seems like the perfect place to live.

TRANSITION

However, the truth is that many times we aren’t that thankful, or at the very least we don’t express it.
The blessings that we were once thankful for can become sources of stress, negativity, and bitterness. Think about a time that you found yourself so thankful. Marriage, when you got a new job, when your child was born, when you started school. Get bogged down and begin to see negatives. Stop being thankful.
What should thanksgiving look like for the Christian life? But even more than that, how can we have an attitude of thanksgiving, even when it is difficult?

EXPOSITION AND APPLICATION

Context of Scripture
Paul in prison, Philippian church dealing with issues of false teachers and arguments/fights within the church.
If anyone had a reason to be bitter toward his situation, it was Paul.
Read

1. Thanksgiving should be natural. (v. 1-3a)

EXP: For Paul, thanksgiving flowed from his love for Jesus (v. 3) It wasn’t forced. It was natural. Even though the church was experience difficulties and everything wasn’t perfect, he was still thankful for them. Even though Paul was in prison he was able to have the attitude of thankfulness.
APP:
ILL: Caterpillar changing to butterfly in jar in our house. (In order for thanksgiving to be natural, we must have a change of heart)
APP: An attitude of thanksgiving is difficult to have when we are apart from the Lord. However, just like a caterpillar changes over time, when we dwell on what God has done for us, compared to what we deserve, we can’t help but be thankful for everything God has done for us and has given to us. Even if our situation is not perfect, like Paul’s, our hearts will change into one that possesses an attitude of thanksgiving.
Read Psalm 100

2. Thanksgiving should be perpetual. (v. 3b-8)

EXP: Paul’s thanksgiving was not only natural from his love for Jesus, but it was perpetual. It was ongoing (v. 3-8). This is the difficult part for us. We can be thankful for a little while or in certain seasons, but being thankful constantly is difficult. But why is it difficult? We know we need to be that way, but what makes it so hard?
ILL: (You don’t know what you need to do to keep being thankful) New mower. Didn’t know how to take care of it.
Traded in vehicle. When I get a new vehicle I take care of it for a while, but after a while it ends up getting junked up and needs washed.
APP: Stay in the Word, have Christian friends, live what you learn.
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New mower. Didn’t know how to take care of it.
ILL: (You know what you need to do, but you just don’t do it) Traded in vehicle. When I get a new vehicle I take care of it for a while, but after a while it ends up getting junked up and needs washed.
APP: Which 1 of these situations describe your Christian walk? In order for thanksgiving to be ongoing in our lives, we must stay in the word, have Christian friends, live what you learn.
Stay in the Word, have Christian friends, live what you learn.

3. Thanksgiving should be prayerful. (v. 4, 9-11)

EXP: Read v. 4, 9-11. Paul’s response in thanksgiving was not only joyful thoughts and a joyful heart, but in prayer.
Talk about what he prayed for the church. The “issues” became sources of prayer for growth.
ILL: , because Paul was thankful he urged the people to pray and be thankful as well.
APP: Thanksgiving should lead us to prayer. Prayers of thanksgiving and prayers for continued growth for others and ourselves. As we grow closer to Jesus, we will see how much more we need to grow. It will lead us to pray. (v. 9-11) The issues Paul experienced with the church became sources of prayer. The things that we used to see as “negative” will be seen as opportunities for growth.

CONCLUSION

A life of thanksgiving will be a characteristic of every person who is in pursuit of a close relationship with Jesus.
To experience true thanksgiving this holiday season, you must experience freedom that is found in Jesus.
When you experience freedom in Christ and grow in his love, nothing will stop you from being thankful. You will find your thanksgiving to be natural, perpetual, and prayerful because of God’s undeserved grace and mercy to you.
“Thank You God” video
When we know Jesus and live our lives in pursuit of him, we will have a heart of thanksgiving.
Conclude with reading .
What decision do you need to make today? Do you need to thank God for something.
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