Seven Habits of a Thankful Christian

Psalm 105:1-8 

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He Thanks (vs1)

  •  Does everything giving thanks

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Col 3:17)

  •  Gives thanks in all things

 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1Th 5:18) 

  •  Gives thanks for all things

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (Eph 5:20) 

 He Calls (vs1) 

A thankful Christian will call upon the Lord.  Not to ask for something, but like a thankful guest or friend, “I called just to say thank you…”

 

He Sings (vs2)

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (Eph 5:18-20) 

  • He sings soberly

  • He sings spiritually (filled with the Spirit) 

  • He sings sincerely (in your heart) 

  • He sings Sovereignly (to the Lord)

 

He Talks (vs2) 

To whom will he talk?

To self –  The word translated “talk” comes from the word for ponder or  converse with oneself!  He will think of all the blessings God has given.

To sinners – When we are thankful for God’s blessing of Salvation, we will want to share it with others.

To saints – We will be always ready with a good word for the Lord in testimony!

He Glories (vs3)

The word for glory means to make a show; to boast; to be foolish; to rave

A thankful Christian will (as the old songs goes) have a shout


Song – Glory Spout

One dreary, Sunday Morning,  
Sitting bored as I could be  
An old grey haired preacher man,  
Started preaching straight at me.  
He opened-up his old black book,  
And took his text at me.  
But he opened up my blinded eyes,  
And now I can see.  
 
Chorus  
(Since), I got the victory,  
Brother I found it out.  
(It’s so), good on the inside  
That the outside has to shout  
(Since) I got my want to fixed  
I’m happy and glad  
(I got) under the spout  
Where the Glory comes out.  


 

He Seeks (vs4)

The thankful Christian will be diligently seeking

  • His Person – the LORD

  • His  power – His strength

  • His presence – His face

He Remembers (vs5)

  • He remembers His works – His works for me and in me!

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Php 1:6) 

  • He remembers His wonders  (miracles)

  • He remembers His Word – (Judgments)


 

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Abounding In Spirituality

hopeLike everything else, spirituality and spiritual grow only happens if we purpose, plan and then perform.  Below is a portion of a recent message I preached to the upper grades in our Christian school. It is a good reminder to us all, to always be abounding!

To Spirituality Aboud:

1. Start Early

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; (Ecc 12:1)

Number your days

Because you do not know how many you have

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. (Jas 4:14-15)

Because the sooner you start the farther you can go

Because you can never get them back

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Eph 5:16)

2. Bear the yoke in your youth

(That means now – you are younger today than you will be tomorrow)

Because you are stronger

(see  Ecc 12 for a description of our aging process)

Because habits are hard to break (make some good ones now)

Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. (Jer 13:23)

Becuase not to do so is sin

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (Jas 4:17)

3. Set the Example

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1Ti 4:12)

In your language – in word

In your lifestyle – conversation

In your love – charity

In your liveliness – spirit

In your leaning – faith

In your liberty – purity

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. (Gal 5:13)

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Abounding in Scolastics

studyThe theme for our church this year is “Abounding”.  I recently preached this outline in our Christian school’s upper grades chapel. Since the school year is still new, I thought I would pass along this encouragement to all students.  Also, I think it a good lesson for all Christians regarding the need to be good students of the Word of God.

Abounding in Scholastics

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2Ti 2:15)

The Method – study

It is what students do!

Learn to study – study effectively 

Learn to study effectively.  Do not waste time, but rather “redeem the time”. Too many undisciplined students can cram 1 hour of study into 4.

Labor in study – study

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whitextther thou goest. (Ecc 9:10)

The word “study” used in the text means “to make effort, be  diligent,  labor!

It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. (Lam 3:27)

Live to study – now is the time of your life to study

It is your job for now. It is your employment.

For people in school or college, this is the  time of your
training and preparing for life.

Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house. (Pro 24:27)

The Motives

To glorify God “…approved unto God”

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1Co 10:31)

That makes our study a spiritual concern. (Something to really consider next class session)

To be equipped – “…approved… a workman…”

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
(Eph 4:11-12)

To possess understanding – Rightly dividing…

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. (Pro 4:5)

To accomplish your desires – …not ashamed… 

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom. A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. (Pro 18:1-2)

You must prepare if you wish to be successful in life and reach the spiritual and material goals for you and your family.



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Abound in Soulwinning 1

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. (Pro 11:30)

tree-of-lifeThis is the first of some mini-posts about abounding in our soulwinning.  These will be short helps and challenges for every one of us to be better witnesses and soul conscious.

Abound in Soulwinning Friendliness

No one wants to talk to someone that is sour or just “doing the job”.  Be interested in them as an individual.  Be concerned about them personally as Jesus is.  Be their friend as they open the door.

Abound in Soulwinning Fire

We have all seen the people from the cults walking down the street with their cases.  They look like they just lost their job and dinner is not ready at home yet.  Put a spring in your step and have a passion about you.  We have great news and people need to hear it!

Abound in Soulwinning Faithfulness

Be faithful every week in the organized church outreach program.

Be faithful to give the Gospel clearly and passionately.

Be faithful to be a witness everywhere, not JUST on Soulwinning days.

Abound in Soulwinning Follow-Up

Did the Lord give you a good lead?  Follow-up

Did someone express a genuine interest in hearing the Gospel but just then did not have time?  Follow-up

Did you get to share the Gospel with someone but they were not sure or had questions? Follow-up

Did you get a commitment from someone to come to church  Sunday, but they did not come?  Follow-up



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Found Your Voice?

And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! (Pro 5:12-13)

many-voicesIn the passage above, the young man is lamenting that he had not heeded and obeyed the good instructions and reproofs from the voices of his teachers.

As parents, teachers, preachers, and mature Christians, we have a great responsibility to let our voices be heard by those God has placed under our care and influence.  These may be our children.  They may be our classroom students. They could even be those young people with whom we have influence in the workplace or social settings.

How much tragedy and sorrow could we have avoided If we had just listened to the teachers God gave us.    Let us consider the voices we hear today.  Some we are to listen to and some we should refuse to hear.voices

A voice to heed – The Saviour’s voice

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. (Gen 3:8)

God wants to speak to us.  God has spoken to us, through His Word.  Read it.  Hear it. Obey it.

What a joy it is when we are right with Him and what fear we experience when we have disobeyed Him.

A voice to heed – The Spirit’s voice

Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. (Act 8:29)

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1Co 2:13)

A voice to heed – The Lord’s Servant’s voice

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. (Heb 13:17)

A voice to shun – Satan’s voice

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (Gen 3:1)

A voice to shun – the sinner’s voice

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. (Pro 1:10)

What does our voice say?

If people took all our counsel, would it be good instruction or bad?  Would it tend to great holiness and righteousness, or just another worldly life?

Parents, the most heard, most holy, and most instructive voice your kids should hear is yours!  For their sake, take the time to instruct.  Take time to prepare instruction. Be willing to give reproofs. Let your voice be one they remember all their lives.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Pro 22:6)


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Tending Your Flock

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Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (1Pe 5:2-4)

This was one the morning devotionals I gave to our Christin School Teachers at the annual Teacher Training Week this year.  As I considered it, I thought it would be worth sharing for all teachers as they head into the new year.  It is very applicable to our Sunday School teachers.

Although this passage is specifically directed to the Pastor of the church, it applies to all those that find themselves charged as an under-shepherd.

This is simply a “bare bones” outline.  Let the Holy Spirit put the meat on the bones for you as you meditate upon it and the passage above.

“Tending Our Sheep”

I. Focus on your mission (vs2)

A. Feed your flock

1. Feed their mind

2.  Feed their spirit

3. Feed their heart

4.  Feed their soul

 

B. Oversee your flock – Oversight has its roots in words that mean: 

1. Be aware  

Know their heart, spirit, attitudes, etc.

2. Take aim

See the need – take aim!

II. Filter Your Motives (vs2-3)

A. Filter out the negative motives

1. Filter out the motive of “constraint” – meaning ‘being  forced’

2. Filter out the motive of “covetousness” – for filthy lucre

 

B. Leave in the positive motives

1. Leave in the motive of “willingness”

2. Leave in the motive of “readiness” – meaning being “forward in spirit”

 

III. Frame Your Manner – Be an Example to the flock (vs3)

As a frame amplifies the picture or painting, so should our conduct provide a focus or example. As the teacher wants the student to behave, so should they model the same as an example.

A. Prepared before-hand

B. Proper attitude and behavior – in control

C. Punctual – in attendance and assignments  (Keeping your promises and schedule)

D. Persistent in effort

E. Pious in behaviour 

 

IV. Favor the Master – Chief Shepherd (vs4)

A. Represent Him

B. Rely upon Him

C. Receive reward from Him


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No Greater Joy

 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (3Jn 1:1-4)

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John is now an old man.  With age and maturity comes changes in our estimation of what is important and valuable. Here John describes what he says brings him no greater joy. This is an amazing and important statement for us to glean from to plan for our future years.

His greatest joy was not growing his 401K plan.  Nor was it a garage of chariots.  It WAS that his spiritual children walked in truth. Let’s consider what this passage teaches us about preparing and parenting today so that we can experience that “no greater joy” later.

Recognize this is the Statement of a Committed Parent

As parents we must remember our charge

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (Psa 127:3)

We are stewards of our kids, not owners

As parents we are to receive the command 

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Eph 6:4)

As parents we must respond to the challenge

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Pro 22:6)

Understand it is the Statement of a Man with a Correct Paradigmfinding real truth

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (Joh 17:17)

Understand it is the Statement of a Parent with a Clear Prioritythat they walk in truth

Not to be sports star in Jr. high. Not get a chance to attend a prestigious, but heathen  college, but that they walk in truth.

Understand it is the Statement Regarding the Efforts for a Conscious Placementvs3 – in thee

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. (Deu 6:7-9)

Understand it is the Statement Expressing a Continual Pleasurejoy

I have no greater joy

Understand it is the Statement of Children Experiencing a Crowning ProductProsperous soul (vs2)

 


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