NOV 22 THANKSGIVING SERMON
PS 100: Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.
And PSALM: 106: 1-3 says, “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare his praise? 3 Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right”.
God has a Challenge, A Command for YOU and it is expressed in Col. 3:15-17 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And Be Thankful.
[Text tells Us How] Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
James 1: 2-8: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
Do you consider Your Problems, Trials and All those Adversities that come into your life a PURE JOY? Do You Believe God Allows these Times of Difficulty into Your lives for Your Good?
Q: How Important is to You to Become More Mature in Your Faith and to Grow in God’s Grace?
We’re told here that WISDOM Comes to the one who Seeks it from God and Believes. This means Maturity in Christ is Important so that we become Stable in Our Faith. Not going the way of emotions as the winds of problems blows one way or another. This is WHY We Must First Accept the Trials God Give Us with JOY…Knowing the Outcome will be Wisdom…Joy and Peace.
VS 12 States God’s PROMISE When You Surrender to What God Wants to Do In Your Life: Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
- The Crown of Life is Not Salvation…It’s a Reward. There are 5 Crowns/Rewards. The Crown of Life is for those who Suffer for Christ. You can lose these Crowns and yet Not Lose Your Salvation.
- 1 Cor 3:15, ‘If any man’s work shall be burned …. he himself shall be Saved; Yet So As By Fire‘.
But Listen…I do not want to be saved that way. And I hope You Don’t either. When I See Christ Face to Face…I Want Crowns to Throw at His Feet…That Will Be JOY!
- And This is I What I Want YOU to Win the Crown of Life. To ‘Be Found Faithful unto Death, and then have the Joy of Laying Your Rewards at Jesus Feet when You see Him Face to Face!
James 1:2-4 which says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”.
JAMES 1 Can be Challenging…We want to Say WHY? Wisdom comes when we Don’t Say Why?
POINT: When We Say a Faithless Why? We Do Not Receive God’s Wisdom…But in Faith when we Say…Lord, What Now…We Gain His Wisdom!
Vs 5 Gives Us God’s Promise: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”.
Then Vs 6-8 Gives Us God’s Strategy to Greater Faith and Mature Thankfulness: “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
The Key to Becoming Mature in Your Faith…Is All About TRUSTING! You Don’t Ask Hoping…You Ask KNOWING God Will Do What Is Best! This FAITH Leads to WISDOM and an Unwavering Life in Christ!
Verse 12 of James One Gives Us a Wonderful PROMISE from God Himself: “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
God Wants YOUR Faith to Grow Into Greater Maturity…To Become Stronger in Your Faith…To KNOW that GOD Is In Control and that God Loves You so Much He Wants You to TRUST HIM IN ALL THINGS.
So, He Gives You Trials…Tests of Adversity…So that You Might Learn that You Can’t…But God Can!
Never easy on our own. However, It is Doable, even Easy as You Release Your Anxieties to Him [TRUST HIM…PUT IT INTO HIS LOVING HANDS] and Watch Him Move in and Through Your Circumstance. As You do…You’ll Gain Wisdom, as, You See How He Worked Out All Things for Your Good! (Rom 8:28)
- It is at this Point Your Faith Matures and You Count it All Joy…And that Leads to a Heart of Thankfulness…Even in the Midst of Adversity!!!
For Example, I Surrendered to God that He Knew Best…That He Had a Plan. This is what God Desires for My Life and Yours…Surrendering Every Situation to God is the Key to Having His Peace and the Ability to be Thankful for and Through Each Trial.
This is What I Want for YOU to Understand About Thankfulness…
First, You Need to Know Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt that God Loves You and Therefore Will do Whatever is Needed to Draw You to a Closer Walk and Trust in Him.
Second, When You Surrender All Things to God…Every Adversity…Every Test and Trial You do Not Understand…You Will See Gods Hand Move in Your Life…You Will Be Given Wisdom and You Will Have a Greater Testimony for the Lord in All You Do.
POINT: When We Say a Faithless Why [Challenge Gods Authority], We Do Not Receive God’s Wisdom…But When In Faith We Say…Lord, What Now…[Surrender to His Will] We Gain His Wisdom!
And then In All Things You Will Rejoice with a Thankful Heart!