October 10, 2016
SERMON: October 9th, 2016 “In Everything Give Thanks”
Today Jack Knight gave the message based on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” God commands us to be thankful no matter what we are feeling. In order to be thankful we must walk in the Spirit-be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-20), since in our own flesh we are unable be thankful in all situations. According to John MacArthur there are five hindrances to thankfulness: 1.doubt-can I trust God? ” If you don’t think God is really in charge, if you’re ignorant about that or don’t believe it, if you’re not sure God is really all-wise, if you’re not sure He knows everything about everything, if you’re not sure He really loves you as His own, if you’re not sure He really has your best interest in mind, if you’re not sure He’s trying to perfect you into the image of His Son, if you don’t understand your God and His purposes, then you may not be thankful.” (Fundamental Christian Attitudes) 2. selfishness-“No matter what I’ve got, I don’t have what I really want; I don’t have enough. I just – I want more – and my will is more important than God’s will. I don’t know what God has for me, but I know what I want for me, and God ought to deliver.” Boy, that will really destroy gratitude. “I want my circumstances different. I want my children different. I want my life different. I want my ministry different. I want my spouse different. I want my job different. I want a lot of things different. I want more of this, and less of that.” 3. worldliness-“If you’re into the pleasures, and the people, and the places, and the possessions, and the pursuits, and the popularity, and the prestige, and you just want all the stuff that the world says makes people satisfied and happy, you’re going to have trouble being thankful, ’cause you’re never going to have all of that, and when you get some of it, you won’t have enough of it.” 4.critical spirit-“If you’re bitter or negative, if you just kind of have a sour attitude on life – and you know how you get that?” 5. impatience-“he perception is that God’s not on their schedule – they’ve got it in their appointment book, and He’s not keeping the appointments. They want God to work for them when they want Him to work”.