“An Attitude Of Gratitude” Part 2

Posted: November 14, 2014 in Christian Life, Giving, Gospel, Resurrection, Salvation, Thanksgiving

This is what each of us can and should have at all times. Thanksgiving should result in “thanks living” or in a continual “attitude of gratitude” and a life that is given in service to God and others after we’ve received God’s gift of eternal life (Ephesians 2:10; Galatians 6 :10). Jesus said, It’s more blessed to give than it is to receive” (Acts 20:35). Most of you who are parents and grandparents know this to be true. We enjoy giving gifts to our children and grandchildren and watching their responses when they open up their packages at Christmas time or on their birthdays.

Good Gifts. God has given and continues to give good gifts to us all the time. We’re told that Every good and perfect gift comes from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). God gives us physical life and health. He heals us of all our diseases (Psalm 103:3) except the last one which causes us to die physically (Hebrews 9:27). But, believe it or not, some day He will raise everyone from the dead, believers and unbelievers, each one in his or her own order (1 Corinthians 15 ). Do you know in which of the five resurrections you will be raised?

Nature. God has given to most of us the ability to enjoy the beauties of nature that are all around us. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handwork” (Psalm 19:1). Have you ever looked up at the stars at night and wondered about the universe in which we live and how it all came into being? The Scriptures tell us that In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Not only did He create them, He also holds together the molecules that naturally want to push away from each other (Colossians 1:17). God’s handiwork can be seen in the beautiful sunsets, in the painted deserts, in the purple mountains, or in the rolling hills around us here in Paso Robles. As I look at them, I’m reminded of the words of the Psalmist who said, I will lift up my eyes to the hills – From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1, 2).

Food. He sends the sunshine and the rain (once in awhile around here) on the just and the unjust ones (Matthew 5:45). He is the One who causes the crops to grow so we can sustain our lives. Question: Do you pause to thank God for your food before you eat it? I’m impressed when I see a few people doing this even in restaurants.

Thankful. Quite often I thank God for allowing my wife and me to live in such a beautiful city and country. We’ve traveled to many countries, but for me, there’s no place like home and the country in which we live. Do tears ever well up in your eyes as you sing “America The Beautiful” or our national anthem? I confess, it happens to me quite often. I love my country and I want it to be a great country where truth and justice prevail. I want the United States to be a model nation for others to follow. Is that your desire too?

Strength. Jesus said, Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The Apostle Paul wrote, I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:23). To his fellow Jews, Moses said, As your days, so shall your strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25). To the philosophers in Athens the Apostle Paul said, In [God] we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Greatest Gift. But the greatest gift that God the Father gave to humanity was the gift of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps you can quote the words of John 3:16 which says, For God [the Father] so loved the world [you and me] that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). The Apostle Paul wrote, Thanks be to God [the Father] for His indescribable gift” which is the Lord Jesus Christ ( 2 Corinthians 9:15). The greatest gift that Jesus Christ gave to us humans was Himself. As Someone who had never sinned (Hebrews 4:15), He voluntarily laid  down His life as a sacrifice to pay the penalty for our sins (acts of lawlessness).

Gospel. The Good News is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). The Apostle Paul said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). He also wrote to the believers in Ephesus, For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast”(Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Eternal Life. God’s quality of life (eternal life) is made available to all mankind right now (1 John 5:11-13). Will you accept it by faith? Once you get it, you can’t lose it. Jesus said, I give them [My sheep] eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand…or My Father’s hand” (John 10:28, 29). If you haven’t received it yet, will you accept it right now? The Apostle John wrote, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). If you have received God’s gift of eternal life by faith, will you share the Good News concerning Christ with others who need Him so desperately?

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Read Part 1 –  https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/an-attitude-of-gratitude/

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