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November 27, 2020 5:00 am
Pastor author and Bible teacher Alan Wright though. You ran away from him and were his enemy from birth on, she bought you back. And though you go through troubled times. He's providential to care for you and make sense of it all. If you see it that way you can help giving thanks that's Pastor Alan Wright welcome to another message of good news that will help you see your life for an old I'm being the excited for you to hear the teaching today. In a special Thanksgiving series. I just want to thank you Jesus as presented at renewal church in North Carolina and we wish you a very happy thing if you're not able to stay with us throughout the entire program today to make sure you know how to get our special resource right now you can be yours for your donation this month to Alan Wright ministry as you listen to today's message go deeper as we send you today's special offer. Contact us at pastoralan.org or call 877-544-4860 that's 877-544-4860. More on that later in the program but now let's get started with today's special Thanksgiving teaching here is Alan Wright you have because if you see your life gratefully. It means you appreciate that is been given to you and was given for a purpose and it's that purpose that feels every day with hope. Not only is joy and hope are they attached, but faith is linked to gratitude because grateful people rehearse in their mind what God has done for them, grateful people are like King David when he came to King Saul and was asking and pleading for permission to fight against Goliath, the enemy of Israel. And David said the Lord has delivered me from the Paul the lion and the Paul the bear is remembering his days as a shepherd boy and he says the Lord also deliver me from the hand of this uncircumcised listing as well. You see what he's doing is as good as remembering God's faithfulness, remembering God moments from yesterday.
Determine how many years that you see your life today.
If you look back over your life and you only rehearse the times were you don't have a sense of God's presence and you will be inviting your soul you be inviting your whole mentality to adopt a God's not there for me when I need a mentality but if your eyes would be open and you were to really see your life, what it really is.
If you were to see the number of times that God is preserved. You protected you and provided for you that you didn't even know about it, your heart would be buoyed with an unimaginable faith because faith gets built upon the faithfulness of God. And when you rehearse in your mind what you're thankful for. Therefore, your building up your faith. This all goes far to explain why gratitude the delight of the soul comes from a very specific command from God. Discipline to give thanks is not just what our Psalm today is about in many ways the whole command of Scripture is built on this. Give thanks. I wish I could read to you every one of these listings just from just going through and doing a simple search of the phrase give thanks first Chronicles 16 oh give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Second Chronicles, Hezekiah appointed the divisions of the priests and the Levites for burnt offerings and peace offerings to ministering the gates of the camp of the Lord and to give thanks and praise in Nehemiah where the chiefs of the Levites and with their brother stood opposite to praise and give thanks in Psalm seven I will give to the Lord. The thanks do his righteousness.
Psalm nine I'll give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. Psalm 28 the Lord is my strength and my shield in him. My heart trusts and I'm help. My heart exults in with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 30 sing praises to the Lord all you saints and give thanks to his holy name.
Psalm 33 Psalm 44 Psalm 54 Psalm 57 Psalm 7579 8692 9700 hundred and 500 600 and 700 800 and 900-1100 1820 236. Everywhere you turn in the Psalms, give thanks to the Lord for his steadfast love endures forever more Isaiah you will say on that day. I'll give thanks to you, oh Lord.
Jeremiah give thanks to the Lord of hosts for the Lord is good. Daniel give thanks to him praise for you have given me wisdom and insight on and on and on and on and on it goes until finally you will come near the end of your Bible and you read first Thessalonians were finally just all summed up in this just give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I just want to thank you is a huge key in this spiritual battle that we wage every day. Praise and thanksgiving by which you enter into the courts of God likes virtual weaponry for you these the words of Virginia stem Owens Thanksgiving Thanksgiving all must be Thanksgiving. It took 38,000 Levites to give thanks to God and David's day every morning and every evening the shift change 4000 were needed just to carry the hacked carcasses of cattle and another 4000 were needed to sing about it. The place reeked of blood was soaked in blood. The priest stood around gnawing and chewing and giving thanks they did not cross-stitch their gratitude on samplers to frame and hang on the wall. They wrote their thanks in blood on the door posts every year. Thanksgiving is not a task to be undertaken lightly.
It is not for dilettantes or aesthetes. One does not dabble in praise for one's own amusement nor train the intellect and develop perceptual skills to add to his repertoire were not talking about the world is a free course in art appreciation. No Thanksgiving is not a result of perception. Thanksgiving is the access to perception. There is so much at stake, give thanks to the Lord for he is good and his steadfast love endures forever more than Psalm 136 demonstrates to us the three major dimensions of deep gratitude to God. If you look back at this Psalm, you'll see that it really comes in these three sections of gratitude. Verses four through nine to him alone does great wonders to him by understanding made the heavens to him was spread out the earth above the waters. To him who made the great lights. This this is about being thankful to God, the creator who created all that exist out of nothing, who sold it was good, who gave us life. In other words, we are thankful to God for life itself. We are thankful to God for the goodness of creation, and despite all the sin and all the brokenness in all the pessimism the world that he made his full of his glory. Every human being is glorious gloriously made in the image of God. Your body your mind is an amazing, it is an invitation to wake up every morning and as your feet hit the ground to just open your eyes and say I'm alive I want to thank you Jesus to be alive is good.
Life is good, praise him for all that is created in the heart of Israel to lift up God, the creator, then the second portion of this focuses on the redeeming power of God versus 10 through 16.
To him was struck down the firstborn of Egypt is retelling the Passover story by which the slaves were set free and brought Israel out from among them with a strong hand and outstretched arm to who divided the red sea made Israel pass through overthrew Pharaoh who led his people to the wilderness. This is now praising God and thanking him for the deliverance of the people of God from their slavery so this is the process of gratitude within the heart of the of Israel and then in a more full realization in the heart of the Christian in the same way. That is was praising him because he created all things there now praising him for delivering them from bondage. This is for us as Christians to remember what Jesus has done for us.
It is to say that for the Israelites. They would remember and their gratitude. The bitterness of slavery is a very important part of the Passover meal it would be bitter herbs and you taste as bitter herbs and then the fathers would remind the children. This is to keep us ever aware if it had not been for God, we'd still be slaves in Egypt.
Bitterness of slavery and we are born in sin, beloved is not popular it's not it's not the subject that is politically correct. We are born in sin we live in an age that wants to make everything Marlon Marley relative as if you can't tell me what's right or wrong. And yet everybody knows there's right and wrong, thereby knows were prone to sin and the fact of the matter is that without God and without what he's done for us in Jesus Christ. This is clearly what Christianity teaches. We would all be lost and separated forever from God but God in his mercy so loved the world that he sent Jesus to come and die in our place and make an unbelievable unfathomable exchange in which he who knew no sin would become our sin so that we by simple childlike trust in him would be reckoned as his own righteousness and receive everlasting life with him. In other words, beloved, you can never be truly grateful unless you know how lost you would have been had he not found.
You will never truly be grateful unless you discover that you were dead in your soul. But you're alive in him what it is to say, is it Israel in Psalm 136, was celebrating the God who created them and redeemed them and what we celebrate is the God who made us has made us all over again. The one who gave us our birth in the first place has given us rebirth and Jesus Christ the one who gave us life in generated all that exists, has re-generated us through the justifying power of the cross of Jesus Christ.
That's why we say I just want to thank you Jesus because I know where I'd be without him. You sometimes have just think about where you would have been had Jesus not come for you. You have to sometimes think about what he's done for you and for help. How bitter it is to be in the bondage to sin is not a fun thing to be in the bondage to sin is not a glad thing to be a slave to your own flesh and selfishness.
It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord because he has delivered us from our slavery talent right will have more teaching moment from today's important series before that cannot need to be fruitful before that called Abraham to father nation to address 10 before not release Islam into ministry. He dressed 10 while tossing his secret strategy to empower you to be all he major to be when others affirm you unless it's because you've proven your worth. You did well in a townhouse accomplished and go prove yourself competent information is nice. It's not the way of God strategy is to declare your worth before you have anything to prove it in the kingdom of God is the fuel for your productivity marked the reward for it will be need your heart to be healed from (because the ad is withholding a blessing for media ready to shatter that invisible ceiling that keeps you from soaring either way past our nights the power of blessing will change your life change as you discovered an ancient scale of the Hebrew patriarchs and stained glass their children learn how to tune your heart to accept blessing and reject her's most evolved drink in the unquenchable blessing of God and Jesus Christ get motivated guard survey with Allen Wright sent a message to you have on the power blessing and exclusive messages to see through digital Dharma is our way of saying for your partners.
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I know that without what you've done for me in Christ. I would be lost and without hope and only deserving your displeasure not entitled to any good thing, but because of what you've done for me on been redeemed and I thank you and because of your providential care and my life because you've always been there and you always go before me. Even the things that the enemy brings against me for evil, you are sovereign over it so you can orchestrate good and bring about good for me, even in the midst of the troubles of this life. Your good and so I praise you and your steadfast love.
Your covenantal love your tested. It never runs out.
It keeps going on and on.
And so I praise you and I thank you because you made me because you bought me and because you cover me and every single day of our lives no matter what were going through weekend.
Thank God for creating redeeming and sustaining our lives through his purposes in Jesus Christ. It's what makes for a grateful heart, I just want to thank him. Gratitude is what I'm saying is that it is inextricably linked to how you view life, your worldview will determine whether your grateful are not. If you think that you're in this world and that you made yourself that you pulled yourself up and you deserve good things to come to you. You have no recourse except to feel better and depressed, like you're not getting your fair shake when life seems troublesome, but if you see your life from the perspective of a good God who major after his own image, who, though you ran away from him and were his enemy from birth on, he bought you back. And though you go through troubled times.
He's providential to care for you and make sense of it all.
If you see it that way you can help by giving thanks we we you if you missed Jill Mars testimony last week. It's a treat and you be encouraged to hear it on the audio CD online. We had as part of our missions emphasis. We, the 18-year-old Hilmar, who was a recipient of the ministry of the open arms foundation in managing Columbia and is 18. He's living on West Virginia and is hoping to play soccer next year at the University and Joe mar as a little boy was playing out by the river and guerrilla warriors pulled up in a boat and began shooting and murdering people and he ran for his life. He was abandoned by his mother. He went and sought out his father because his grandmother was kidnapped by the gorillas, and his father who was a man of having many women was abusive and Joe mar didn't make enough money for the household. He would abuse him and one day after he attempted to nearly drown him and was beating him. Joe mar jumped from 1/3 floor lived on the streets until he got hold of a truck and rode three days. The back of a truck holding on to make it to managing Columbia where he became welcomed by the open arms foundation and Bill Perrault and the servants there and they taught him that God loves him and accepted Christ and I enjoyed hearing his testimony and I enjoyed meeting them for the thing I enjoyed most was eaten food at the Golden corral with them because until you meet with somebody there's had to live on the streets as a little boy and didn't know where food was coming from. You never seen some I enjoy the Golden corral and I just love what he said. He said whenever I eat I feel I feel for all those back in Columbia and he said and I I eat some for them to visit even if I get full, sometimes I just go ahead and eat some more because I remember what it was like because he's thankful I just want to thank him today. I just want to thank you I just want to give him thanks and praise. I was a I was headed towards just being a sad, shy, shame filled fourth-grader swallowed up by anxiety and perfectionism. That's where I was headed, but for Jesus. I just want to thank get with people that want to thank God and thank him find people that like to praise his name and praise his name.
Teacher children to be grateful.
Maybe you want to do what my mom forced on us and I foresaw her kids tells two things you're thankful for. Before you go to bed to go to bed to.
He tells two things like before.
It might be good to things at night two things in the morning to things in the middle of the day.
Discipline yourself to give thanks to the Lord because when you give thanks you get gratitude in your heart.
And gratitude makes you glad and when you're glad you realize life is going, and Nessa gospel Allen right today's teaching.
I just want to thank you Jesus.
It's a special Thanksgiving message balance in the studio back here in a moment with additional insight on this for your life this holiday and our final word pastor. How might however change when you make a gift this night will send you that Haller's blessing I way of saying thanks for your partnership and when you give your manly nourishing your him so that you help someone out our night ministries to send messages check to see with your digital download as our way of saying thanks for your partnership. Call us at 877-544-4860 877-544-4860 during the final days of this special offer being made available to you come to our website Pastor Alan.work so Alan we know gratitude is is a cool thing in and from an organizational point of view, from a social point of view. Boyd is transformational. But when you enter your prayer life effort. People talk about this when you pray, sometimes just say thank you God and leave it at that, because so often we want to say thank you but father had this need this need this need and what what's your take on that kind of a prayer. I think that at the heart of developing a life with with God is a revelation of how good he is, no matter what you're walking through no matter the temptations you face the adversities that you face the struggles that have beset you or even the failures.
The heart that is really in touch with who God is, is aware God is so good and he has come and rescued us by the gift of his own son. And so every single day. I just encourage you to wake up in the morning and begin just as you sent Daniel.
I just thank you God. I just think and I know it's simple and no it's childlike and it can seem like it's just not that articulate, that's the way little children do when they really are aware that they been given a wonderful gift. I just want to thank you Jesus and it's only the heart of our walk with God. Gratitude everything today's good news message is a listener supported production Allen right