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In Everything Give Thanks

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November 24, 2021 3:00 am

In Everything Give Thanks

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The believer operates in a completely different world a completely different realm. We can rejoice always, because of what we know to be true about God and his plan for us and we can be thankful and everything for the very same reason.

So, since we know that all things are being worked together by God for our eternal good we can be thankful for everything time to reflect on God's goodness, of course, for Christians every day should be a day of thanks because of the profound blessings we have in Jesus Christ. With that in mind. John MacArthur has a timely message today on grace to you titled in everything give thanks helping you see how the gospel of grace leads to a life of thankfulness will get to that in a minute but John before you look at what Scripture says about the importance of giving thanks.

Let's acknowledge what we are thankful for. Specifically our listeners.

Every single one of them and especially those who are our strategic partners in connecting people with God's word were thankful for them that you know Phil when you think about how the Lord makes much out of little and I took the small lunch of a little boy and fed multitudes.

This is kind of what happens a grace to you. There are a few folks who offer up what they have to give to the Lord and he expands it across the planet.

It is just stunning to think about the fact that 24 seven. All the time nonstop. The preaching of the word of God goes out from grace to you, not only in English but in Spanish and in multiple other languages it, and it covers the entire planet. And this is because there are sweet faithful, loving, humble people who offer up what they have and God multiplies it either. There is no ministry that multiplies as fast with as little as media ministry.

Does Ms. think about this, compared to training some person in sending some person somewhere to do ministry eat one person's life can only go so far but but this is this is incredibly productive with just a small amount in the Lord's marvelous way of multiplying all of that so tomorrow is Thanksgiving and that's for us in the United States and we have much to be thankful for and part of that is to say thank you to you who make this ministry possible by your strategic giving you make it happen. That's all I can say you have to understand that we don't take you for granted. You are the power of this ministry. You are the strength of this ministry, we praise God for you and there were going to be continuing to give thanks to the Lord for making you a part of his work through grace to you.

Thanks, John, and friend. Speaking of giving thanks to the Lord and the role that gratitude needs to play in your life.

If you're a believer here again is John MacArthur with a timely message titled, in everything give thanks if you turn again in your Bible to first Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 18 where are looking at just a couple of commands that are given to us in this very practical section in everything give thanks in everything give thanks, rejoice always in everything give thanks, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. This is a responsibility to which we are all duty bound it comes to us in the form of a command, and in fact, people who reject God are described in Romans 121 as those who did not honor him as God or give thanks one of the characteristics of the unregenerate is that they fail to be thankful to God. They are like those lepers who are described in the 17th chapter of Luke, having been healed by Jesus. Remember, there were 10 of them, but only one returned to give thanks that he was the one who receive not just the physical healing, but the salvation of his soul the unregenerate people are like benign thankless lepers who receive anything and everything good from God, but render him absolutely no thanks. On the other hand, we are commanded to thank him in everything.

It's that same kind of consummate thanks that defines our joy. We are to at all times be rejoicing and in everything giving thanks in the Old Testament sacrificial system.

There were, as you might remember sin offerings sin offerings were designed to be brought by the people as constant reminders of their sinfulness.

Constant reminders of the ongoing need for forgiveness. The ongoing need for atonement. The ongoing need for cleansing the ongoing need for penitence. The ongoing need for righteousness every time they brought a sin offering. And they did often throughout the year they were reminded of how sinful they were and how desperately they needed to be made fully and completely righteous, but the Old Testament ceremonial system included not only sacrificial offerings that were removed, meant to remind people of their sins, but also what were called, thanked offerings or peace offerings there described in the seventh chapter of Leviticus and they were reminders that the people continually needed to be thankful to God for all his merciful and gracious provisions for their spiritual and physical needs, but they were to, and as it were, by manifest gratitude to God, maintain a right relationship with him. Now as Christians, we don't have a sacrificial system anymore and we don't have any.

Thank offerings are sometimes called peace offerings so that we are celebrating the goodness of God toward us, because we have a relationship with him.

Peace. We don't have those kinds of offerings anymore. We basically have only one ceremony only one Sacrament that relates to this, apart from the one time baptism we only have one ongoing ceremony and that is the Lord's table, but I believe the Lord's table as a way of combining both those elements of the Old Testament system. The Lord's table is a reminder of our sin. You cannot remember the Lord's death without remembering your sin. We don't have ongoing sacrifice after sacrifice after sacrifice, continually pointing to our sinfulness and our need of a Savior, the one sacrifice of Christ eliminated the need for any other sacrifices, but we do need the constant reminder of our sinfulness and we need to address that sinfulness and we need to be brought to penitence and confession of that sinfulness, we don't do that by more sacrifices we do that by remembering the one sacrifice every time we come to the Lord's table. We are thrown back as it were, on the sacrifice of Christ and reminded again of how desperate our sinful condition is and how glorious was the sacrifice of Christ to provide the sacrifice that satisfied the wrath of God regarding our sin. Therefore, that very same Lord's table becomes for us celebration of gratitude. Remembering how sinful we are causes us to offer up thanks to God and so the Lord's table is for us the focal point both of the remembrance of our sin and the expression of thanks in everything.

Verse 18 says give thanks in everything. It's in the Greek and Palm T. It has the idea of in connection with every thing that comes along in life. It's just very, very broad.

It has no limits.

It has no confines, no matter what it might be Eucharist at oh applies.

That is the giving of thanks. Anything that isn't sin. Obviously sin falls outside the purview of that command as it does in rejoicing. We certainly always rejoicing wooden rejoice in sin and in everything giving thanks wouldn't give thanks for sin, but apart from that, everything else should precipitate an attitude and expression of thanks to God in Romans 121 thankless and this is a characteristic of people who are outside the kingdom of God.

In fact, in second Timothy chapter 3 probably should add this expression of man's fallenness.

They are according to verse two lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revile or is disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, etc., etc., treacherous, reckless, and all of the litany of what defines unregenerate people right in the middle is thankless this the unsaved man goes through life, complaining, going through life, bitter, angry, his his life moves along the path of trying to manipulate the world around him to satisfy the matrix of his own passions, and whenever he can do that he has something to be happy about whenever he can't. He is entrenched in bitterness and disappointment, sadness.

He thinks that some things are a matter of luck.

Some things are a matter of manipulation so he works any combination of those things he can trying to force into reality.

The things that he wants. There is thriving foolish philosophy today hear people say all the time you can be anything you want to be you can do anything you really want to do, which isn't of course true at all. But this sort of Garrison's man's mind against fatalism, which is the idea that the reality is you can't do anything you want to do. You can't have anything you want to have. You can't achieve anything you want to achieve. It's not the way life works. But rather than deal with that kind of fatalism. We believe a lie and launch off in a fantasy world believing what down in our hearts we know is not true.

Trying to do whatever we can. Manipulating people and events to put us in a position where we get what we want and if that moment ever comes, then there may be manifestly a moment of gratitude. It's like joy if we get what we long for.

If we get the pleasures we chase and we rejoice and then were thankful if we don't we don't rejoice and we aren't thankful the believer operates in a completely different world a completely different realm. We can rejoice always, because of what we know to be true about God and his plan for us and we can be thankful and everything for the very same reason. So, since we know that all things are being worked together by God for our eternal good we can be thankful for everything there is nothing outside the all things that are working together for good, because God is making that happen.

There's nothing outside those all things, because God is working all things for our good.

There is cause for joy in the end, there is the same cause for gratitude. The early church made Thanksgiving an essential part of their fellowship. It wasn't something that just came along seasonally and I think for any mature Christians any obedient Christians any Christians who have a a grip on spiritual blessing, they would understand this first Corinthians 1416. Otherwise, if you bless in the spirit only. How will the one who fills the place of the un-gifted, listen, say, the amen at your giving of thanks.

Without going into all the details of that verse Paul is describing a church service in the early church that he's describing some of the things that ought to go on and some of the things that ought not to go on, but among those things. He defines a time in the service when you give thanks number 17 ads for you are giving thanks well enough, but because of other things you're doing. You're not edifying. So he affirms that a part of the early church service was the giving of thanks, and this was a good thing to do church engaged itself and being thankful and it should be.

So, since it is part and parcel of what it means to have a proper and appropriate response to the goodness of God in second Corinthians 415 just building on this command for all things are for your sakes, it's quite an amazing statement God has in mind everything he does for your sakes. Everything that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God bosses everything I do in my ministry as a representative of God, an apostle of Jesus Christ. Everything that God has me do every ministry that I have every time I teach and preach it every time I counsel every time I bring the truth of God to you. Every promise that I bring you every measured truth that I bring you is from God, an element of grace spreading for the purpose of causing gratitude. Gratitude that abounds to the honor and the glory of God, who is the giver so you could say that in everything you give thanks because everything that comes into our lives fits into God's purpose to spread grace to us in a richer and richer way second printing is 9/11 is a promise and actually starts in verse 10 he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will multiply supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. The same God who causes crops to grow and produce seed so that seed can be planted and more crops can grow the same God who takes care of the food supply also takes care of the righteousness supply these the same God who multiplies your seed for sowing increases the harvest of your righteousness.

And then verse 11. You will be enriched in everything God is going to give you everything you need is going to enrich you and everything is going to do it liberally so that you can be liberal as you share and dispense these spiritual blessings. Why which through glass is producing thanksgiving to God. God blesses us in order that it might redound to his glory and his honor in order that it might produce Thanksgiving again in Ephesians 5 we find similar instruction. We are called upon to obey verse three. Do not let immorality or any impurity of greed even be named among you as is proper among saints. In other words, you live a saintly godly life free from immorality.

That's porn a fornication and impurity, which is a generic word meaning every other kind of sexual sin or greed, but none of that be named among you, because it isn't fitting for saints and there must be no filthiness or silly talk or course suggesting that's obscenity which are not fitting but rather giving of thanks, seems a strange contrast of you should never be engaged in immorality any kind of sexual impurity. Any kind of greed should never be any filthiness or silly talk. Actually, the word can mean dirty talk or obscenity.

That's not fitting, you will be characterized as being thankful. It almost is as if he sums up a righteous life is characterized by gratitude to live a righteous life and I think that's really a very important principle. If you get a hold of this.

It's very practical and applicable to live a righteous life means to be characterized by incessant gratitude because incessant gratitude means that you have a grip on the goodness of God in your life that you're literally swept up in what God is doing in your life you look God word focus and that's the essence of righteous living. That's the essence of godliness. That's what it means to be filled with the spirit go down that same chapter Ephesians 5 diverse 18 don't get drunk with wine, here's the another one of these contrasts don't get drunk with wine, S dissipation, but be filled with the spirit there were people in the ancient Greek world who believe that the way to send into the transcendent realm of religious experience. The way to commune with the deities the way to escape the low-level of the world and ascend to the higher knowledge that was through drunkenness as you became more inebriated. You sort of in their view, escape the mundane and you were lifted to loftier concepts.

He says if you want to be elevated to the presence of God.

If you want to commune with the true spirit of God won't get drunk with wine, just be filled with the spirit, just as Colossians puts it, let the word of Christ dwell in you richly just be under the control of the truth and the spirit of truth, and when that happens, you'll speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs you know what happens in an orgy.

When you get completely drunk. You might saying, but it isn't going to be hymns and songs that exalt God. But when you're filled with the Holy Spirit. You truly are communing with God.

You'll speak to one another in psalms and hymns spiritual songs to sing, make melody with your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the father characteristic of a spirit filled person characteristic of the spirit control person is in incessant thanks in incessant gratitude that means your under holy spirit control. So all these verses essentially are saying the same thing really is normal for us back in chapter 5 verse four is normal for us to give thanks that's that's how you sum up a holy life is in contrast to all those sins a spirit filled life is characterized by incessant thanks and then verse 21 says and be subject to one another and wives do this and husband through this and children do this in parents to this and servants do this and masters do this and he goes through that whole section but the first response is joy speaking one another psalms, hymns, spiritual song singing making melody in your heart to the Lord. When you get your spiritual life right when you're on the control of the word of God and the spirit of God when they dominate your thinking and your life.

The first thing that happens is joy that comes out in praise and then it's followed by an companion to gratitude so you will always give thanks for everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to God even file you be thankful for everything so spiritual people function actually sort of sum up a godly person's life by saying they're full of joy and gratitude full of joy, gratitude is not a stretch, because if you ask, what are we gonna be like when were perfect.

What are we gonna be like when were in heaven what are we going to be doing when were in heaven. Well we get someone up with same reality. When we get to heaven, will you spend all eternity expressing joy and gratitude is that not true. The purest joy and the purest unending gratitude that is in a sense this summation of spirituality is a person who cannot be overcome by circumstances cannot be overcome by disappointment in this world because they're so filled with the spirit control by the truth as to be incessantly thankful in the Philippians 46 summary might say will what about when trouble comes, what about bad times, Lisa's be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. You got some problems that could do some problems I could create anxiety for you. Don't be anxious about it to start praying. Start supplicating before God, but be thankful in the process. In the midst of that thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God's Spirit filled people, spirit, control people, godly people are marked out as thankful turn to Colossians 2 I think it's high point of these verses, verse six of Colossians 2 is a wonderful verse as you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him what it means is walk means your daily life daily conduct. So now you have received Christ Jesus the Lord pattern your life after him. Verse seven and says having been firmly rooted and now being built up in him you were rooted to him at the point of your salvation. And now you're being built up your being edified you being sanctified you're being established in your faith, just as you were instructed and overflowing with gratitude. This is command again, you're in Christ you're growing in your faith, just as you were instructed in other words, you grow in faith as you receive instruction about divine truth and be characterized as literally over flowing with gratitude the kind of joy that were to have is the kind of joy that is causing us to leap for joy.

It's it's the kind of joy that makes us glad it's the kind of joy that we don't have enough outlets to express it's that surpassing joy. It's that over-the-top kind of joy and the same is true with gratitude or gratitude is to be as indicated here in over flowing gushing kind of gratitude.

This is characteristic of one who is spiritually mature. We have found that true spirituality is manifest joy manifest gratitude that sums up what it is to be filled with the spirit that sums up what it is to be dominated by divine truth. So make us people of joy make us people of gratitude not unsympathetic, not insensitive, not lacking compassion always laughing with those that laugh and weeping with those that weep.

Understanding the toil and the tears of human life with down below. Underneath all of that people who know that because you are our sovereign God, all wise, all loving and all-powerful.

There is constant joy and gratitude is a reasonable response to everything that goes on in our lives. That's our desire. His that's John MacArthur looking at a trait that should distinguish you if you've been transformed by Christ gratitude Johns.

The featured Bible teacher here on Grace to you and East Chancellor of the Masters University in seminary in Southern California.

Today's lesson is titled in everything give thanks and friend.

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