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“At its heart sin is the eclipse of thankfulness toward God (Rom 1: 21). Why thankfulness? Because rather than seeing ourselves as self -creators who choose our own identity and purpose, the biblical worldview tells us that we are on the receiving end of our existence. We are beholden to someone else. Our life is a gift from God, not our own achievement. And our ingratitude is the clearest expression that we have idolized ourselves.”

Horton, Michael S. (2014-10-07). Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World (p. 89). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

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James Faris reminds us of  seven NT truths about Thanksgiving (and yes I know that the official holiday has passed but these aren’t just true on one day a year):

  1. Jesus gave thanks
  2. Ingratitude is a mark of unbelief
  3. God is the primary object of thanksgiving
  4. There are three dominant reasons for giving thanks mentioned in the NT:  salvation, God’s people and daily provisions
  5. Thanksgiving is always in season
  6. Giving thanks changes us
  7. Thanksgiving marks a mature Christian

Read the biblical support and further explanation at Seven Themes in Thanksgiving in the New Testament

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Jon Bloom writes a helpful piece on trying to live out “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Here’s his conclusion:

So right now you have trouble. That’s okay. Jesus said that you would (John 16:33). And Jesus really understands (Hebrews 4:15).

In fact, the trouble that you endure has a purpose: in it you are displaying the reality of Jesus to the world in a unique way. The kingdom of God is most clearly shown on earth when Christians gratefully suffer present trouble because they see a future weight of glory coming that makes everything this world throws at them as “light and momentary afflictions” in comparison (2 Corinthians 4:17).

So how can you give thanks in all circumstances? There’s only one way: Jesus’s way. Look to the joy set before you. Look to the joy! If the future joy Jesus promises is real and you believe him, there is no circumstance that can steal your thanksgiving.

Read the rest of How Can We Give Thanks in All Circumstances?

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James Faris shares eight themes in thankfulness from the Psalms that guides us to a more God-glorifying gratitude! Here they are but click here to see Scriptural support!

We give thanks. . .

  • for who the Lord is!
  • for what the Lord does
  • vocally
  • wholeheartedly
  • corporately
  • evangelistically
  • eternally
  • actively

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If I feel entitled, I complain about my job.
If I am thankful, I am grateful to have a job.

If feel entitled, I complain about the meal I’m eating.
If I am thankful, I am grateful to have food on the table.

If I feel entitled, I complain that the government does not do enough for me.
If I am thankful, I ask what I can first do for others.

If I feel entitled, I complain about my spouse.
If am thankful, I express gratitude that someone has put up with me all these years.

Keep reading more from Thomas Rainer. Very appropriate in our culture today!

 

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A Puritan prayer from the Valley of Vision

A prayer about overflowing with thanksgiving

Thanksgiving: God-centered or Me-centered thanksgiving

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“…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

If we pray without ceasing, we shall not want matter for thanksgiving in every thing. As we must in every thing make our requests known to God by supplications, so we must not omit thanksgiving, Philippians 4:6. We should be thankful in every condition, even in adversity as well as prosperity. It is never so bad with us but it might be worse. If we have ever so much occasion to make our humble complaints to God, we never can have any reason to complain of God, and have always much reason to praise and give thanks: the apostle says, This is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us, that we give thanks, seeing God is reconciled to us in Christ Jesus; in him, through him, and for his sake, he allows us to rejoice evermore, and appoints us in every thing to give thanks. It is pleasing to God.

~ Matthew Henry

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