“On Being Thankful”

Posted: November 11, 2016 in Dispensations, Thanksgiving

“Every man is a moon and has a side which he turns toward nobody: you have to slip around behind if you want to see it.” Mark Twain. Saying it another way, “There’s one thing for which you should be thankful – only you and God have all the facts about yourself.”(Actually He knows more about you than you know about yourself – Psalm 139; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Job 23:10). In spite of His infinite knowledge about us and all the evil things we’ve done and will do, God still loved us and sent His only begotten Son to earth to die for our sins…and rise again bodily on the third day (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Anyone who places his/her faith in Christ alone for deliverance from the lake of fire will be saved and will be allowed into heaven to spend eternity with God (Acts 16:31). But this doesn’t mean that Christians will be free from hard times on earth (John 16:2; 2 Timothy 3:12).

Count Your Blessings. When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, / When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, / Count your many blessings, name them one by one, / And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.” Johnson Oatman, Jr. “Let us [Christians] not complain, as some of [the Jews in the wilderness] complained, and 14,700 were destroyed by the [destroying angel]” (1 Corinthians 10:8-10; Numbers 14:41-50). Instead, let us continue to give thanks for –

Memories/Miracles. Our memories can be beneficial ordetrimental to us (Psalm 103:2; Luke 16:19-31). When God creates a news heavens and a new earth (Revelation 21:1; 2 Peter 3:13), the former things of this life will not be remembered or come to mind (Isaiah 65:17). In Old Testament times God instructed the Jews to observe numerous feasts throughout the year to serve as reminders of His faithfulness to them in spite of their constant failures. Examples: Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles, and Pentecost were significant times for the Jews. (See https://gotquestions.org/Jewish-festivals.html) What was the purpose of the miracles in the Old and New Testaments? When will there be an abundance of miracles performed in the future and by whom (2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 6-22)?

Mole Hills/Mountains. A little boy was leading his sister up a mountain path and the way was not easy. “Why, this isn’t a path at all,” the little girl complained. “It’s all rocky and bumpy.” And her brother replied, “Sure, the bumps are what you climb on.” That’s a remarkable piece of philosophy. What do you do with the bumps on the path of life? – Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bumps Are What You Climb On. p. 11. When we visit “The Hall Of Faith” in Hebrews 11, we learn much about those who struggled in life. Some were delivered from adversities while others weren’t. But they maintained faith in God and His promises of better things to come in the future. So then, fellow Christian – “Be not dismayed whate’er betide, / God will take care of you! / Beneath His wings of love abide, / God will take care of you! / God will take care of you, / Through every day o’er all the way; / He will take care of you; / God will take care of you!” Civilla D. Martin

Promises/Predictions. Even though all of the Bible is for all Christians, not all of it is addressed to us. All of it is to be believed, but not all of it is to be believed and practiced (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). God gave many promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the Jews (Genesis 15, 17, 22). He also gave some promises to the sons of Ishmael and Esau pertaining to land and wealth (Genesis 16:1-16; 17:20; 25:23; 36:1-43). Once the Jews came out of Egypt, God gave them a new code of conduct, known as the “Mosaic Law” and includes “The Ten Commandments” (Exodus 20). New Testament Christians have different promises and rules for living. Do you know where they are found? When the Scriptures are interpreted normally, not allegorically, it becomes apparent that God had different rules for different people to test their obedience to Him. These “Rules for Living” (Dispensations) are not different ways to be saved. (Ask about our FREE “Dispensations Chart” and “Promises Sheet.”)

God’s Desire. Sadly, most Christians are not “filled with the Spirit”(Ephesians 5:18). But we can be, should be, and should be filledcontinually with the Spirit. When we are, we will be giving thanks in the midst of all situations (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for all things(Ephesians 5:20), and for all men (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Why? God is sovereign (Daniel 4:17, 25). The “Day of Man” seems to be coming to an end. God doesn’t want us to perish (John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9) or to be ignorant about “Things to Come” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). A special blessing is promised to the one who reads, hears, and keeps(guards in his heart) the things that are written in the Book of Revelation (1:3). We have another FREE chart that focuses in on things from today into eternity future. If you’re interested, ask for one.

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