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Giving Thanks

 1 Thessalonians 5:18

We all know the story of those first settlers in New England -- their struggles and despair. Instead of provoking God with their complaints, they proposed having a day of thanksgiving. For many today, Thanksgiving represents football and turkey, yet Paul reminds us that one of the keys to victorious Christian living is giving thanks.

I. When Should We Give Thanks
Thanksgiving should not be limited to a certain day, but be a part of our lives all times, in all circumstances Paul's challenge to be thankful of all things only makes sense in the light of the promise of Romans 8:28 -- God can take all things and use them for our good.
II. Why Should We Give Thanks?
Though there are many reasons, two are mentioned here:
a. Be thankful for deliverance from sin. (Romans 6:17-18). When we give our lives to Christ, we are freed from our slavery to sin and enter into a new relationship as children of God.
b. Be thankful for the victorious life we have in Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
III. How Should We Give Thanks
a. Through praise. There is something about praise that strengthens us, lifts us closer to God.
b. Through service. As a doctor judges the heart by a pulse, so people can judge our thankfulness by our lives. Real thankfulness results in service to God.
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