Showing posts with label thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label thanksgiving. Show all posts

22 November 2018

Why Am I Thankful



As I was thinking about this topic, I wondered, “Why?”

What is thankfulness?

The opposite is entitled. But, what am I entitled to. Nothing really.

Choices do have consequences.

We are not necessarily thankful for things we deserve. We are thankful for good things that we do not deserve.

It is an attitude for things we do not deserve. It is a humbleness of, “Why me, Lord”?

My wife doesn’t need to make my breakfast, but she wants to. I don’t have to wash the dishes, but I want to. So, we thank each other.

This could be applied to many, many things.

2 Thessalonians 2:13 NLT - As for us, we can't help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first to experience salvation--a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth.

I’m certainly not among the first to believe, more likely one of the last.

But for this, I’m very thankful.

I have no physical brothers and sisters, but in Messiah, we are a very big family. We are not together because of a common interest. We are FAMILY having fellowship with God and each other. 1 John 1:3 WEL That which we have seen and heard, we announce to you so that you also may have fellowship with us, and our fellowship is with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.

I do not deserve God’s love, yet He does love me. Galatians 2:20 WEL "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live. Yet, it is not I but Christ living in me, and the life I now am living in the flesh, I live in faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.

I do not have anything worthy to know forgiveness of my sins, the times I broke God’s laws. 2 Timothy 1:9 NLT - For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time--to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

I do not deserve grace, but I have received grace. Romans 5:21 WEL That just as sin has ruled in death, even so might grace rule through righteousness into eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

I am not entitled to anything of these things. I do not deserve them.

So now, I have fellowship with God, wife, children, brothers, sisters, an eternal home after death, many and many blessings more that I do not deserve.

I am humbled.

I am thankful.

Bad things do happen to us. But, as the preacher said, “We do not thank God FOR everything; we are thankful IN everything.”

A friend of ours had her husband brutally murdered. One night she could not sleep. As she lay there awake, she thought of 500 things she was thankful to God for. What about me? Am I thankful? How about you?

04 July 2018

Taste and See




Theme: A song of thanksgiving

Scripture: Psalm 34

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: David praised and blessed the Lord for His constant presence and deliverance in his life.
Think: I can live in the assurance that God is always with me and will deliver me in His timing.
Do: Turn from all sin and do what is right, praising God for His goodness.

B1 Setting: 1 Samuel 21
B2 Outline
C1 Praise Psalm 34:1-3
C2 Answered prayer Psalm 34:4-7
C3 The goodness and fear of God Psalm 34:8-14
C4 God’s standards Psalm 34:15-16
C5 God’s mercy and deliverance Psalm 34:17-18
C6 God’s protection Psalm 34:19-20 (verse 20 is a Messianic prophecy—John 19:36)
C7 Righteous and unrighteous contrasted Psalm 34:21-22
B3 The Sunday School lesson author makes a good point: The basic concept of “to bless” here means to praise or to speak a good word. When we ask God to bless someone, He “speaks a good word” over that person or perhaps speaks good into that life. When we bless God (as David did in this verse), we are speaking a good word about God, specifically about His goodness, kindness, generosity, and faithfulness.
B4 Praise Psalm 34:1-3,
C1 Why is David so thankful?
C2 Why should we be quick to be thankful, too?
C3 Psalm 34:2, what type of people is David speaking about?
C4 Psalm 34:3, what does David want others who have experienced similar things to do?
B5 Psalm 34:4-7,
C1 What was David afraid of?
C2 What was the first thing David did, when he was afraid?
C3 After God helps us, what should we do? 2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT - He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
C4 In verse 5, it is mentioned that their faces are never covered with shame (NIV). Why? People seek many things. What are some dangers of seeking the wrong things? Name some wrong things?
D1 Isaiah 44:11 NLT - All who worship idols will be disgraced along with all these craftsmen--mere humans--who claim they can make a god. They may all stand together, but they will stand in terror and shame.
D2 Isaiah 49:23 NLT - Kings and queens will serve you and care for all your needs. They will bow to the earth before you and lick the dust from your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD. Those who trust in me will never be put to shame."
C5 Matthew Henry writes in his commentary on Psalm 34:5: It has wonderfully revived and comforted them; witness Hannah, who, when she had prayed, went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. When we look to the world we are darkened, we are perplexed, and at a loss; but, when we look to God, from him we have the light both of direction and joy, and our way is made both plain and pleasant. These here spoken of, that looked unto God, had their expectations raised, and the event did not frustrate them: Their faces were not ashamed of their confidence.
C6 Psalm 34:6,
D1 It is said God delivers from all our troubles. So shouldn’t Christians have their best life now?
E1 Suffering and affliction are part of the Christian life.
E2 It is for
F1 Testing our faith, to see if it is genuine
F2 Strengthening our faith
F3 Comforting our faith to share His comfort with others
F4 Witnessing to others of our faith
F5 What else?
D2 In our suffering, we should know: Jesus the Messiah has always been Messiah, is Messiah, and will always be Messiah. There is no other Messiah.
C7 How is King David the poor man? (Humility)
C8 God’s protection: 1 Peter 2:25 NRSV For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls. The word guardian is also translated overseer.
B6 Psalm 34:8-14,
C1 God, through David, gives us some commands
D1 Taste and see God's goodness, which yields God's blessing.
E1 God gives courage
F1 Psalms 27:14 NKJV Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!
F2 In another translation: Psalm 27:14 NLT - Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.
E2 God has love: Psalms 69:16 GW Answer me, O LORD, because your mercy is good. Out of your unlimited compassion, turn to me.
E3 God has mercy: Psalms 109:21 NKJV But You, O GOD the Lord, Deal with me for Your name's sake; Because Your mercy is good, deliver me.
E4 God forgives our sins: 1 John 1:9 NKJV If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
E5 God gives fellowship with us: 1 John 1:7 NKJV But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
E6 God frees us and heals our broken hearts: Luke 4:18 MKJV The Spirit of the Lord is on Me; because of this He has anointed Me to proclaim the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and new sight to the blind, to set at liberty those having been crushed.
E7 What else can you think of?
D2 Fearing God yields no want
E1 Name some needs people have.
E2 Why should God want to help anyone?
D3 Seeking the Lord yields contentment and satisfaction
D4 Coming to a believer (David in this case) yields a teaching moment
D5 Watching what we say yields a longer life
E1 We have to know truth, think the truth, speak the truth, and live the truth.
E2 How can we know what love is unless we know truth?
F1 True love. This is a choice. Its characteristics are noted in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
F2 False love. This is of 2 types.
G1 The narcissist love bombs.
H1 The narcissist knows what he/she is doing, but the victim does not.
H2 Some examples (Source)
  • I can’t believe I’ve finally found you.
  • I’ve never felt so comfortable in someone’s company before.
  • No one understands me like you do.
  • You’re the most beautiful woman/man I’ve ever seen.
  • You have the most attractive __________ (eyes, hair, body shape, smile, dimples).
  • My Ex was a psycho, drug addict, alcoholic, schizoid, cheater, etc.
  • You’re the best partner I’ve ever had.
  • I think I love you. I think I want to marry you.
  • I never got married before because I haven’t found the right person yet.
  • We have so much in common.
  • He/she pressures you into becoming intimate in a short amount of time.
H3 A quote from the same source: Black Hole of False Love: Love Bombing includes not only the above phrases, but also over-the-top gestures of attention. This plays out in the form of constant calls and text messages, gifts, flowers, invites to meet his family, requests to move in together, and splashing your social media sites with cutesy, flirty messages. Of course, these are all behaviors of people who are courting one another…but not after one date.
G2 The cult
H1 The leader may know, but his/her followers do not. They (the followers) believe they are showing true love when recruiting, which if successful will result in spiritual death and bondage.
H2 Some examples
H3 Some pastors and denominations advocate love, love, and more love—love bombing. For a discussion on this see here (Take note: I know nothing of this website except this article). The following link discribes how cults recruit: https://www.watchman.org/articles/cults-alternative-religions/cult_recruiting-methods/
F3 Hate
F4 Freedom from the false is to know the truth. Truth must be foremost for the Christian. We must read and study the only source of 100% truth—the Bible.
D6 Stop doing evil and start doing good
D7 Seek peace, yes, chase it.
B7 Psalm 34:15-22,
C1 Two groups of people of mentioned here. Identify them.
C2 How does God help the righteous?
C3 What does God do for evil doers?
C4 Why does God care for the brokenhearted?
D1 How would you encourage this person? Psalms 69:19-20 GW You know that I have been insulted, put to shame, and humiliated. All my opponents are in front of you. 20 Insults have broken my heart, and I am sick. I looked for sympathy, but there was none. I looked for people to comfort me, but I found no one.
D2 Are we believers ever left alone? John 16:32-33 GW The time is coming, and is already here, when all of you will be scattered. Each of you will go your own way and leave me all alone. Yet, I'm not all alone, because the Father is with me. 33 I've told you this so that my peace will be with you. In the world you'll have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world."
D3 Will God’s love leave us? Romans 8:38-39 GW I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can't be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces 39 or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation.
D4 This is why Christians can survive: 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 GW Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who is compassionate and the God who gives comfort. 4 He comforts us whenever we suffer. That is why whenever other people suffer, we are able to comfort them by using the same comfort we have received from God. 5 Because Christ suffered so much for us, we can receive so much comfort from him.
B9 Next week:
C1 When we can’t find God
C2 Theme: A song of Distress
C3 Scripture: Psalm 44