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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