Thanksgiving, Part 1

Psalm 7
17
       I will give thanks to the LORD according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

Psalm 69
29       But I am afflicted and in pain; May Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high….

30       ….I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a form of worship in which the Church Age believer acknowledges the benefits related to God’s grace poured out for us in both eternity past and in time.

Thanksgiving is a part of your spiritual life and worship and not some shallow, fleeting system of gratitude for something.

Thanksgiving is a moment by moment mental attitude produced by God the Holy Spirit using the word that you have learned.

Col 2:7: Having been rooted and having been edified / built up in Him, and being stabilized by what you believe (His Word),…

… as you have been taught, overflowing with thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is directed toward God, and as an overflow it is capacity and appreciation for life.

The word of God gives capacity for the attitude of gratitude.

Col 1:12, “Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us for a share in the endowment of the saints in the light.”

“In the light” – the believer is qualified for a share in the endowment by means of being in the light of the infallible word of God.

Thanksgiving is both an expression of the spiritual life and the capacity for divine blessing in time.

The greater the content of the word of God in the believer’s soul, the greater the capacity for mental attitude thanksgiving in the believer’s life.

Thanksgiving is an act of giving thanks and grateful acknowledgement of the benefits of the grace of God.
(who and what He is!)

Eph 5:20, “always be thankful with reference to all things toward God, even the Father, through the person of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Captivity via obedience to this command demands:

The filling of the Spirit,

Captivity via obedience to this command demands:

The word of God circulating in your stream of consciousness, and

Captivity via obedience to this command demands:

The application of His word to solve our problems.

Thanksgiving is the expression of joy Godward, and is therefore the fruit of the Spirit.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Col 2:6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

1) Christ abounded with gratitude when thanking the Father for His provisions. Mat 15:36

Mat 15:36 and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.

2) Paul abounded in gratitude at the beginning of the Epistles.

a) Thanks for his readers. Rom 1:8

Rom 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.

b) Thanks for fellowship with the Royal Family of God. Phil 1:3

Phil 1:3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, 5in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.

c) Thanks for God’s grace gift to them. 1 Cor 1:4

1 Cor 1:4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,

3) There are many records of others giving thanks including the healed Samaritan. Luke 17:16

4) Gratitude in exhortations to the Royal Family, in the name of the Lord Jesus suggesting His character and example. Eph 5:20; Col 1:12; 3:17; 1 Thes 5:18

Col 3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

5) Gratitude as the expression of a purpose.  2 Cor 1:11

2 Cor 1:10 And He will yet deliver us, 11you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

6) Jesus quoted a Pharisee’s self-complacent / self-centered prayer. Luke 18:11

Luke 18:11 “The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.

7) Example of those that do not give thanks.  Rom 1:21

Rom 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Every time you name your sins to God and regain the Filling of the Holy Spirit; learn, metabolize and apply the word of God; and live in the Plan that God has for your life you are functioning in the true concept of thanksgiving. Eph 5:20

Thanksgiving accompanies rebound (1 Jn 1:9) as an expression of your gratitude for the forgiveness of sins, restoration to fellowship, and the filling of the Holy Spirit.

Thanksgiving is related to the word of God circulating in your stream of consciousness providing a greater capacity for the mental attitude of gratitude.

Col 1:10, “so that you might walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work; in fact, constantly growing up (increasing) by means (knowledge) of God.”

Col 1:12, “Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us for a share in the endowment of the saints in the light.”

God has given us at least ten ways to handle any problem that we face and thanksgiving is related to all of them.

(1) Once you begin to understand 1John 1:9 “rebound” by grace, inevitably it becomes an expression of gratitude to God for the forgiveness of sins and restoration to fellowship with God.

(2) Thanksgiving is related to the “Filling of the Holy Spirit” as the means of expressing your appreciation to God.  Without the filling of the Spirit we cannot even possess true thanksgiving to God.

(3) “Faith-Rest” results in capacity and expression of thanksgiving.  When you trust in God you are saying thank you for Your provisions.

(4) “Grace Orientation” is a continual source of thanksgiving to God.  You recall God’s grace on you and you apply that same grace to others as an appreciation for what God has done for you.

(5) “Doctrinal Orientation” provides greater and greater capacity for thanksgiving.  The more you know about God through His word the more you will have His joy in your soul.

(6) A “Personal Sense of Destiny” is a source of thanksgiving for the believer oriented to the objectives, purpose, and understanding of God’s will, plan, and purpose for their lives.

(7) “Personal Love for God the Father” adds motivational virtue to your thanksgiving.

(8) “Impersonal Love for all Mankind” relates interpersonal relationships to mental attitude thanksgiving toward God.  You are thankful regardless of just or unjust treatment.

(9) “Sharing the Happiness of God” provides tremendous contentment in your life, and therefore, thanksgiving and tranquility in every circumstance of your life.

(10) The ultimate in mental attitude thanksgiving and the overt expression of gratitude toward God comes from “Occupation with Christ”.

Thanksgiving fulfills the divine mandates of:

1 Thes 5:18, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Eph 5:20, “Always be thankful with reference to all things to God even the Father through the person of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Principle:  The word of God metabolized and circulating in the stream of consciousness produces thanksgiving toward God.

2 Cor 9:15, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.”

Rev 7:12, “Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and ability belong to God forever and ever.  Amen.”

Ps 100:4, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.  Give thanks to Him, honor His person.”

Principle:  Thanksgiving is a function of prayer.

Eph 1:16, “I do not cease giving thanks for you, and I make mention of you in my prayers.”

Col 1:3, “We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.”

Col 4:2, “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.”

Phil 4:6, “Stop worrying about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

Principle: Giving causes thanksgiving.  2 Cor 9:7-12.

Principle: Food should be accepted with thanksgiving, 1 Tim 4:3-4.

God has created food to be received with thanksgiving.

Thanksgivings before meals is a part of grace orientation with special emphasis on the appreciation of God’s logistical grace provision.

Thanksgivings before meals sanctifies the food, protecting the believer’s health from any possible impurities in the food and so that the food will fulfill any requirements of the body when metabolized.

1 Tim 4:3-4, “{men} who forbid marriage {and advocate} abstaining from foods, which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.  For everything created by God is beneficial, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving.”

Principle: Thanksgiving is often a public acknowledgment or celebration of worship, 1 Chr 16:7-36

Exomologeo – (verb) middle voice, [signifies] to make acknowledgement whether of sins to confess or in the honor of God or a person. Rom 14:11; 15:9

Rom 14:11 [Isa 445:23] For it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall give praise to God.”

Rom 15:9  And for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written,

“Therefore I will give praise to You among the Gentiles, And I will sing to Your name.”

Our Lord gave thanks to the Father.  Mat 11:25; Luke 10:21

Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.

Principle: The justice of God demands that believers being blessed have capacity for the blessing.

Capacity for blessing means thanksgiving potential.

Thanksgiving potential depends on the amount of Bible doctrine in the soul of the believer, so that the believer who is blessed is occupied with the Giver as well as the gift.

True thanksgiving is to be occupied with the Giver more than the gift.

You cannot give thanksgiving for what you do not possess. If you don’t possess God you can not be thankful.

Principle: Thanksgiving is a priestly sacrifice, Ps 116:17, 107:22; Amos 4:5; Heb 13:15.

Thanksgiving is the mental attitude of the spiritually adult believer.

Principle: Thanksgiving is a function of the believer with capacity for life. Col 3:15; 2 Cor 4:15, 9:10-11.

Col 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Eucharistos – eucaristoV (Adjective)= Gracious, Agreeable, grateful, thankful.

2 Cor  4:15 For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.

Personal testimonies of mature believers are found in Dan 2:23; Jn 11:41; Rom 1:8; 1 Cor 1:4; Phil 1:3; 2 Tim 1:3.

Dan. 2:23 “To You, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise,

For You have given me wisdom and power;

Even now You have made known to me what we requested of You,

For You have made known to us the king’s matter.”

Principle: Believer’s who are positive toward the Word are motivated to give thanksgiving regarding others. 1 Thes 3:9