To Give Thanks Means To Verbalize Your Thankfulness

Pastor Craig Moore   11/20/2012

Pastor Craig Moore is the Senior Pastor at Life Assembly of God Church in Rapid City, SD

"give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."  1 Thessalonians 5:18 

Today, with Thanksgiving just days away, I want to break this scripture down for you.   

Give thanks - I believe it is important to give thanks.  What that means, is to verbalize your thankfulness, to express it to those to whom you are thankful. It is not enough just to be thankful. 

We need to give thanks!  You can be thankful and never express it to anyone.  What good is that.  I know, God knows that you are thankful, but I believe God specifically tells us to give thanks, so that we can be a blessing to someone else.  And we should be generous with giving thanks. 

We should not give just the minimum requirement, but we should overflow in our giving of thanks.  You can't really give too much thanks, can you?  Oh I suppose you can start to get obnoxious if you try to give overflowing thanks to one person.  So, spread it around!  There are a lot of people you probably need to express your thanks to.  So go on give generously!  You won't ever go broke giving thanks!

In all circumstances - Notice it doesn't say for all circumstances.  Let's face it, not everything is beautiful in this life. Some things really stink!  But, God doesn't require us to give thanks for everything, but he does require us to give thanks in everything. 

No matter what!  I am to be thankful.  Giving thanks is sometimes really easy.  It requires no real effort.  Someone did something really nice for you, and you express your thankfulness to them.  That is easy.  But when things are falling apart and you can see no reason whatsoever to give thanks, that's when it is hard. 

Nevertheless, God says "Give Thanks"!  That's when you give thanks to an awesome God in spite of your circumstances.  That's the time when giving thanks does the most good for you! When you can look beyond your circumstances and give thanks to a faithful God. When you can express your thankfulness to God in those times, it lifts you up out of your crud & into heavenly places. And that is why the next part is there.

For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus - Giving thanks is not just a good suggestion, it is God's will for you!  God knows that a person who gives thanks continually will be lifted up. They will not allow their circumstances to drag them down. 

When you give thanks to the Lord, he sends you his spirit to minister to you.  He reminds you that he will never leave you or forsake you!  He lets peace start to flow down over your mind and heart. It's God's will because it works wonders in your life.  Here's another scripture.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

When you give thanks even in bad circumstances, it becomes easier to give those circumstances to God. When you give them to God and love him through the bad, he works good in you, so that the bad things won't bring destruction to you, but will bring growth & maturity to you and honor & glory to God.  

Have a Great Thanksgiving Holiday!  Remember to GIVE Thanks!

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