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November 22, 2021 6:30 am
Today we take a fresh look at the spiritual aspects of this week's Thanksgiving holiday.
Must have a direct object. Thanks. You got to give thanks to something when you give thanks.
There is a direct object that is necessary in order for Thanksgiving to occur. The direct object of Thanksgiving welcome to moments of hope with Dana Chadwick for the next three days will be taking a break from our study of the Gospel of John to take a fresh look at the spiritual aspects of this week's Thanksgiving holiday.
Here's David with the first part of his message appropriately called Thanksgiving proceeds. Miracles today what I want to do is to begin a message of series in the connecting Thanksgiving to Christmas. Oftentimes we experience Thanksgiving and then forget about it. One time a year and don't realize it very much connected to the entire Christmas season.
Let's move into the message about Thanksgiving today but did you know that Thanksgiving must have a direct object for all of you had some kind of grammatical studies, you know, a direct object is what are some sensible bird modifies and if you give thanks. You got to give thanks to something I would you say to someone look at that in just a second, but when you give thanks. There is a direct object that is necessary in order for Thanksgiving to occur, then I think about if someone has once said were all built on the shoulders of someone else I know in my life that I wouldn't be who I am today at work for a lot of different people like my mom and dad and my wife Marilyn and many of you supported me through the years and giving me opportunities to succeed.
So my success is built on the shoulders of many of you and other people so I have to give thanks to others when I think of my own success. But even think of it in a deeper realm. Okay the next beat of your heart, to whom to give thanks you have to give thanks to God because you had nothing to do with that but think the next ingestion of air into your lungs. What that come from if you give thanks for your life. You got give thanks to the one who gave you the ability to breathe.
It has to be God himself. So Thanksgiving demands a direct object, and I would suggest that really at the heart of all Thanksgiving should be giving thanks to God who gave us our friends and our family members and others will allow us to succeed, but also have given us this very body. This very life to be able to succeed so Thanksgiving demands a direct object and that's especially true with salvation, but the cradle is God's initiative to come into this world as a human being, knowing our sin condition is so hopeless we can't save ourselves.
There's no way any of us can ever do enough to earn the favor of God and ever be accepted by him in his perfection in his holiness. It has to be done for us. Remember the two major world religions are doing done all the other worlds religions are what we must do to please God.
Whether it's obeying the 10 Commandments, obeying the laws of Allah and Islam obeying the basic laws of animism and Africa.
Whatever it might be going to do something to earn God's favor, the only religion that teaches that that's impossible is the Christian faith. It says we can't do enough we can never because of the sin condition. All of us have the selfishness with which we are born we are currently. I mean come on, did any of us have to teach our children how to be selfish then we were born that way. They knew how to be selfish from day one thing you how to say no is one of the first words we are hopelessly lost in our sins and trespasses and God knew that's we came in Jesus and he did for us. We can't do for ourselves. The cradle connected to the cross. When Jesus died on the cross. He said it is finish was the in our salvation. It's done for us. We can do it. It's impossible in our sinful condition God had to do it for us it's done through Jesus Christ. That's true if God is the author salvation. If God is the one who initiated it by becoming one of us and that baby in the manger in Bethlehem and then grew up and died in his perfect condition on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and gives us the gift of eternal life, not fireworks, not by what we do. But what's been done for us through Jesus Christ.
If that's true, when we get Thanksgiving for our salvation, for sure we give Thanksgiving to the direct object of God himself. Our father who revealed himself to his through his son Jesus and gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us. Those of us who believe now when we were raising our kids, Marilyn and I we we taught them this little song that I bet you any of you had talked to yourselves as well and that you did with your children as well is there are too little bitty words that can open any door with ease. One little word is that thanks and the other little word is please.
So those two words. Thanks and please are powerful weapons to be used in life or success. Thanksgiving is so important now.
What would you say to your children who grew up and never thanked you for anything. Thank you for all the gifts you've given them all the meals you supplied all the clothes you put on the back the roof you put over their head. The building to succeed themselves. What would you call a child who never gave you.
Thanks your life. A spoiled brat. That's what you call the kind of a child because a child grows up without Thanksgiving is a spoiled brat. Will the truth is, I think the father looks at all of us who don't give him thanks for all the multiple blessings that he is given us, especially Thanksgiving regularly for salvation Thanksgiving for that cradle for beginning the relationship with us by becoming one of us in Jesus God will call us as our father spoiled brats. If we don't ever give thanks to him, so I want to encourage all of us to give thanks for the multiple gifts we haven't for the gift of salvation, and it begins by understanding the connection between Thanksgiving and humility. You know, the greatest problem I have with people admitting they need a Savior. Is there confession that they're self-righteous that they don't even need a Savior. That's probably the greatest sin of all she can have some really nice people out there in the world but if they refuse to admit their sinners.
They committed the ultimate sin of pride.
They say that their life is sufficient for eternal salvation to occur. Humility is necessary for Thanksgiving because humility recognizes were nothing, everything we have in life again, especially our salvation is a gift from God. So therefore when we get Thanksgiving we are expressing the ultimate humility were saying I'm nothing nothing in my hands I bring, but simply to the cross I cling were saying that I am totally dependent on God to supply my every need especially eternal salvation, we are saying hands in the airhead bout I surrender to you got your in control of everything.
I'm not in control of anything you oversee my life and I thank you for all that I have been given, especially the gift of eternal salvation. So remember you must have a direct object with Thanksgiving, so is Thanksgiving to others who helped you, but particularly to God, especially in the area of Thanksgiving any note you don't give Thanksgiving to God. That's the ultimate pride. It is the expression of the lack humility, and indeed the opposite of giving thanks at that point is grumbling. Ask yourselves very honestly today. How much of your time do you spend complaining and grumbling about your life you when the Israelites were free from the Egyptian captivity and God parted the Red Sea and freed them and they were placed on the other side of the ocean in the Egyptian army was swallowed into the sink. They immediately erupted in the praise and thanksgiving of Miriam Moses sister led the people in a celebration of song and Thanksgiving in the what's so interesting is almost immediately thereafter. When they didn't get the bread they wanted, or the food they like or need the water they wanted to have what they knew. They started bullying and they started murmuring and they started complain and it really got off God and like it one bit. Why it's the expression of a spoiled brat got it done all these miracles for the many just wanted Thanksgiving and praise. Paul said in Philippians 219. These powerful words. He said everything without grumbling or complaining jokingly look aboard everything on the years the debate was everything makes it means everything. Everything in your life no matter what's going on should be done without grumbling and complaining of some recent driving through some pretty tough stuff that will address that next week I give thanks in all things board to do everything without grumbling and complaining swimming asked this question to you. Do you need a miracle to need a Christmas miracle is something going on your life with your job or your family and relationships of physical dilemma and emotional problem. Whatever it might be. Do you need a miracle to need a supernatural intervention from God will if so, I am convinced of this truth again recognizing the power and importance of Thanksgiving in our lives. I am convinced that Thanksgiving precedes God's miracles. Thanksgiving precedes God's miracles and we see this particularly in the life of Jesus when he point out two illustrations for you right now. First of all, in John VI chapter, Jesus is alone with his disciples, trying to get a few moments of refreshment renewal away from the crowds will, but what happens the crowds follow him. He had done so much for them with the healings and the feedings and all of that, they followed him 5000 men, which means probably around 12,000 people considering women and children were also present. And the disciples look at the multitudes coming around them when they're trying to get a few moments of refreshment and they say to Jesus, look there. They're going to be hungry soon and it's getting on in the day. And Jesus looks at his disciples and says you feed him sensitively write you freedom. He was asking for them to figure out how to feed the 5000 with no food. Will they find a young boy with five loaves and two fish and they bring the five loaves and two fish to Jesus and then what's so fascinating is in John chapter 6 verse 11 Jesus then took the low and when he had given thanks, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated, so also the fish, as much as they want.
So Jesus took the five loaves and two fish.
Blessed them, gave thanks to heaven for what God had folks don't ever look at what you've lost.
Don't ever look at what's been stolen. Look at what you still have look at what you've lost. Look at what you still have so Jesus didn't complain about only five loaves and two fish.
With 12,000 people. He gave thanks for what he had and they broke the bread, blessed the fish and they start multiply and multiply and multiply, so that not only were the 12,000 but there were 12 baskets full left over, and I can't help believe the young boy who brought in faith.
Those five loaves and two fish and presented them to Jesus. I bet he was the one who took those 12 basketballs left over home with him that evening. Can you imagine the face on his mother when he brought home the 12 basketballs left over because the real hero of the story is and even Jesus I think is the fate of the young boy. Nevertheless, the miracle didn't happen until Jesus gave thanks for what he had and that's key you see the same kind of illustration. In John XI chapter. Let me tell you what's going on in John 11 Jesus was away from his close friends, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. There were three people, formed an earthly family for him. He he went there to eat, rest just be. It was a place of comfort. It was home sweet home. I think for him.
He's away from Mary, Martha and Lazarus with his disciples several days worth of journey and he receives the news that his close friend Lazarus had died and instead of rushing to the scene and maybe even doing a miracle there.
He wakes several days several days. He doesn't return. You can only imagine Mary and Martha and the others were grieving over the loss of Lazarus, wondering prayers Jesus courses). Yes, it's power, maybe he could do something after several days he comes and you know Martha is one ticked off lady at that point she says to him if you had just been here even if you had come sooner Lazarus could still be alive today. And of course Jesus heart of compassion is moved, he reminds Martha that God has a perfect time for everything that God's delay is not his denial. Would you all say that with me. God's delay is not his denial, but Jesus delayed for several days coming that did not mean that Marco's request that he move on Lazarus and her behalf be denied.
So Jesus hears her struggle hears her heart and then we read in John 11 verses 41 through 43 these words so they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said father I folks I thank you. I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around that they may believe that you sent me when he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. So after he heard Martha stating her hearts hurt. They took away the stone and Jesus then offers a prayer to the father in heaven and one of the first words that flew out of his mouth.
I thank you.
I thank you and then he wanted the people to know that God heard every one of his prayers and God hears every one of your prayers be praying them in the name of Jesus, and he wanted them to see this miracle of Lazarus so that they would believe that the father sent him what's the father sending Jesus into the world that's Christmas time. That's the baby in the manger.
That's the baby in the cradle. That's what we are celebrating at this time of year it's called the incarnation God becoming a human being, God putting on human flesh and Jesus. Jesus totally divine and totally human. At the same time he wanted everyone who saw this miracle to realize that the father had sent him and then he cried out Lazarus come forth and then still bound up in all of his grade close Lazarus staggers out of the tomb alive. A miracle from death to life had occurred. But, dear friends, note what happened from Jesus lips before the miracle occurred. What were the words that first flowed from his mouth in prayer to the father before the miracle occurred closet father, I thank you so just like with the feeding of the 12,000 people. Jesus broke the bread, and gave thanks, and then the loaves and the fish multiplied just like with Lazarus before he is brought back to life. Jesus, thanks God, the truth is stated to us again and again throughout the Bible and especially in the life of Jesus in these two stories Thanksgiving proceeds are miracles. Do you need a miracle today. Do you need a Christmas miracle again in your job and your family relationships your emotions and your spirit, finances, whatever it might be.
Do you need a miracle today. I can't speak for you, but I need one I'm always asking God please intervene on my behalf and I see no way that it can happen will get that's your case today begin with the power of Thanksgiving. Make a Thanksgiving list of all for which you have to be thankful remembering just your next breath and the beat of your heart to the clothes you wear the food you eat, the friends you have the family possessed start making a list of all the things for which you can be thankful and to make sure you also include salvation. That's the greatest gift of all isn't it the fact that through Jesus and his entering the world through the cradle and then moving us to the cross and by the power of the resurrection. We have the absolute assurance that if we should die.
We will be raised to life again. If back in John 1125 Jesus said is a part of the Lazarus narrative.
I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will never ever die. So give thanks to God as the direct object for your salvation because you have eternal life, and you'll never die. If you believe in Jesus you just take off these close upon your resurrection body prep at the moment your heart stops beating and it is a glorious promise from Almighty God's of make sure that if you need a miracle to date.
You begin with Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving, especially during this time. For the cradle. What a privilege it is to be with you today. God bless you all remember Max giving proceeds. All miracles into moments of hope and listening coming joins me in the studio. In a conversation about today's nonsense. This is the ministry meant focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community on Mark McManus and here's Jim Noble with the dream Center, Charlotte hello my name is Jimbo and Bowen direct tell you guys. Thank you mama.
Suppose David and Marilyn Chadwick all of you there being no, for us, you been there since 08 starting Kings and grew into the dream Center mill for the last eight weeks, probably exceeding 55,000 words that you made such an impact in the city of reason and of those yet is one of the work with the meals going out about the relation, Rotary Park never amount as well just so grateful the meal is not the first collimated go this route and provide you all the resounding yes everything you and not only that, you also dream Center now. This week is all dreams and with you as you. God bless and we just turn see James Easton listening today. Joining me in the studio is our Pastor David's data thank you so much for joining us today. It's good to be with you Jen, I hope you're doing well and thank you well in your sermon we heard earlier in today's program you mentioned Thanksgiving needs and direct objects when you expound on that rest today I will Jen and it's Thanksgiving week and all of us are preparing for Thursday, especially Thanksgiving a national holiday and you as I thought a lot about Thanksgiving. The Bible says to give thanks in all things rejoice in the Lord for he is good. Give thanks to the Lord.
All of those different admonitions in the Bible you know you don't go to the top of the mountain. For example, and cry out. Thank you.
You know, and then have no direct object to your Thanksgiving because again the verb give thanks demands a direct objects. So here's the question to whom should we be thankful who is the result of all of our Thanksgiving. So for me, you can't really have a day of Thanksgiving. You can't give thanks. Unless there is the direct object of the one to whom you're giving that thanks that's God himself. Thank God with a grateful heart into the Bible says so that's what I'm trying to get across today and that is if you spend time giving thanks which were told to do in the Bible all the time.
Always. And if we this week especially look at this day Thursday as a good important day of Thanksgiving we need to remind ourselves Thanksgiving. It demands a direct object, you can't really give thanks. Unless there's a God to whom you're giving thanks and from whom all blessings flow. So there are two parts to that whole idea Thanksgiving.
There is the God who gives us these blessings that we have. So thank you Lord for them.
But there are also the blessings themselves that we should count regularly and thank God for I love the Semites in your illustration of going to the top of the mountain. You know all you get back is the echo you now like really we do. You need to use our voice and thank God and to rank them directly to God. And I'm also thinking about a practical application in our families. I think we need to use our voice and tell our families and friends. How grateful we are for will.
There's the direct object again and I would expand upon what you are trying to point out here is not only the direct object God, but there are people who do wonderful things for us, especially in our families, and Thanksgiving is generally a family time where families get together many of us are who we are because somebody else did something wonderful for us with little phrase that I am who I am because I stand on the shoulders of somebody else and then we need to make sure when people have helped us blessed us to give thanks to them to for all that they have given to us of the direct object is not only to God but it's two people who have helped us along the way who have given us blessings. I love that Semites I think another practical way to practice this is making the rest making a list of things to remind ourselves how much we think and what I like that tube call Psalm 103 says bless the Lord, O my soul, and don't forget all of his benefits, a way of not forgetting all of God's benefits to us or other benefits that people have given to us is by making a list actually writing out the blessings that God first is given to us and other people are given to us and then making sure we in some way or another thank God. And then thank other people with a text to recall or whatever for what they've done for us, so God will thank you David for these wonderful insights today.
Thank you, Jen and everyone remember the verb thanks demands a direct object. God is the giver of all of our blessings, but other people to make sure that when you give thanks, today, and especially this week. You remember God and the ones who have blessed you. If you'd like to receive from you daily, written moment of hope go to moments of hope, Church.org, you can subscribe there free of charge for my heart to your to begin your day with a moment of hope and moments of hope click senior pastor and moments of hope charts. We'd love to have you join us for worship this Sunday morning.
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