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Thursday is Thanksgiving and I can’t think of a better time in the year to say we need to have attitude of Thanksgiving. In (Psalms 105:1) it says, “O give thanks unto the Lord.” And in the verse we just read (Psalms 103:1-2) it says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” The word “BLESS” means “TO PRAISE, SALUTE, or TO THANK.”

I) With Thursday being Thanksgiving it’s a great reminder to us to give thanks to God for all that he’s blessed us with, like our home, our children, our families, and even for the things we have.

A) But let’s not forget the most important thing to be thankful for and that is our salvation.

1) We shouldn’t wait for Thanksgiving to come around for us to be thankful. We should be offering up thanks to God daily.

a) In (Psalms 37:4) it says, “Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.”

b) In (Psalm 79:13) it says, “So thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks forever: we will show forth thy praise to all generations.”

2) Having an attitude of Thanksgiving or AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE should be lifestyle. We’re called by God to be a thankful people.

a) There are over 130 references in the Word of God that were exhorted to be thankful. (150 NIV, 169 NAS, 1630 Matthew Henry)

3) Thanksgiving and gratitude will change DEPRESSION TO JOY, a FROWN TO A SMILE, and PESSIMISM TO OPTIMISM.

B) Turn to 1st Peter 2:9.

1) This verse tells us that we are A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD. We are priests unto God.

2) In (1st Chronicles 23:30) it says that the priests were to stand every morning and evening to thank and praise the Lord.

a) Now that’s our job. We should be thanking God daily.

3) Turn with me to Romans 1:8.

a) Notice he says, “1st I thank my God.” He’s placing a great deal of importance on Thanksgiving.

4) In (1st Corinthians 1:4) it says, “I thank my God always on your behalf.”

a) In (1st Thessalonians 2:13) it says, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing.”

II) Back in (Psalms 103) we find a number of things to be thankful for.

A) In (verse 3) it says, “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities.”

1) That’s a pretty good reason to be thankful for.

2) Turn with me to Psalms 103:10-12.

a) God has removed our sins so far from us that he doesn’t even remember them.

b) In (Hebrews 10:17) it says, “Their sins and iniquities I will remember no more.”

c) This is something that we have to be thankful for, the forgiveness of sins.

B) Back in (Psalms 103:3) it says, “Who healeth all thy diseases.”

1) Probably not to far off in the future I’ll teach a short series on the subject of healing, but for now I just want to give you a few vs. on the subject.

a) (Exodus 15:26) says, “For I am the Lord that healeth thee.”

b) (Isaiah 53:5) says, “But he {was} wounded for our transgressions, {he was} bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace {was} upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

c) And in (Matthew 8:17) it says, “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare {our} sicknesses.”

d) (1st Peter 2:24) Says, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

(i) Healing is ours, it’s been provided for us, and it’s something to be thankful for.

C) (PSA 103:4) says, “Who redeemeth thy life from destruction.”

1) God delivers us from destruction and evil.

III) Psalms 91:1-16.

A) In this whole chapter, we see a lot to be thankful for.

1) In (verse 3) it’s says, “He shall DELIVER thee.”

2) In (verse 10) it says, “There shall no evil befall thee.”

3) In (PSA 23:4) it says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou {art} with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

a) We have a lot to be thankful for.

B) Back in (PSA 103:5) it says, “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good {things; so that} thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

1) There’s 2 good things in that V.

a) First of all, it says that God will give us good things.

2) JAMES 1:17. God only gives us good and perfect gifts.

a) If it’s not a good gift or a perfect gift, it’s not from God.

b) (MAT 7:11) Says, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

3) We have a lot to be thankful for, more then what’s written here in PSA 103.

a) You could probable go on with a long list, you could be thankful for things like; Your house, your family, your children, the Church, your job, your health, that you have food on your table, thankful for Jesus, and the list goes on.

b) LUKE 10:20 This is one of the most important, thankful that our names are written in heaven.

4) (EPH 5:20) “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”

C) Turn with me to this last scripture 1st Corinthians 15:57.

1) (1st Thessalonians 5:18) says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

IV) If someone has a negative attitude or a bad attitude, often it’s difficult to get out of that.

A) Well, how do we change our attitude to an attitude of gratitude?

1) The 1st thing you have to realize is that with God nothing is impossible. (Luke 1:37). God can turn it around.

B) But your 1st step is to get your eyes off the problems and on the Lord.

1) (Hebrews 12:2) says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.”

2) Turn to Acts 16:16-25.

a) Paul and Silas were in there darkest hour, they could have been negative.

b) But they still looked to Jesus even in the midst of there darkest hour. They continued to praise God and have an attitude of gratitude.

c) Look at what happened in verse 26.

(i) Thanksgiving is a type of praise and praise brings in the presence of God.

(ii) (Psalms 22:3) says, “Thou inhabitest the praises of Israel.”

(iii) And where his presence is His anointing is there also. And it’s the anointing that breaks every yoke of bondage.

(iv) Paul and Silas were in some heavy bondage, but do to their praise God delivered them.

C) I already read to you (1st Thessalonians 5:18) which says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

1) The Lord is trying to show us through His Word how to have attitude of gratitude.

a) 1st get our attention on God and on the Lord Jesus Christ.

b) 2nd sing praises to God whether you feel like it or not. (Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness) (Isaiah 61:3)

c) 3rd, even in the midst of all the things that we’re going through give thanks to God.

(i) You have to make a choice to get out of negativism. Nobody wants to be around someone with a bad attitude or that is always negative.

d) No. 4, know that there is a way out of every situation and problem.

(i) 1st Corinthians 10:13. (Way to escape)

(ii) Realize that God has provided a way out and there is the answer for your problem. But the only way to find it is to have a thankful heart.

3\13\91 WED PM & WOLCC 11/22/93 SUN and W. O. L. C. C. Sunday, November 22, 1998 AM & W. O. L. C. C. Sunday, November 19, 2000. From Victory Christian Center, Bible Fellowship Lessons Book 4 page 20, “Attitude of Gratitude” also taken from the message called “Thankyou.Doc.”

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