For those of us in the USA this Thursday is Thanksgiving. Traditionally it is a time to gather with friends and family and remember with Thanksgiving the things of the past year.
For many that is easy. We can think of so many things to be thankful for.
But for others it may not be so easy to look back over the past year with gratitude.
We are instructed to enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! Psalm 100:4
As His sons and daughters, we are invited to enter His presence at any time. Feeling however we do.
We even, if you think about it, are invited to come to Him when we sin.
Right? To confess, repent and be forgiven?
The key that unlocks the access to the inner court place with God is…ta-daaaaa. Thanksgiving coupled with praise.
But sometimes that is hard. It might be difficult for you tonight due to circumstances of your life.
I read something Sunday that was upsetting in a convicting sort of way. Look at Romans 1:12 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Wow! We can become darkened in heart and foolish in our thinking if we don’t give thanks to God.
Think about it. If we continually focus on the negative things in our lives, the things that are hard, the things which we do not have, what happens? We become gloomy and even depressed. No one even wants to be around us. In fact WE don’t really want to be around ourselves, do we?
We do become darkened in heart and foolish in thinking.
On the other hand, if we do as we are told in Colossians 3:15-17 we will have PEACE.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Being thankful is the key.
What we are going to do tonight is look at some reasons we ALL have to be thankful. No matter what.
We are going to simply read some statement from scripture about who we are. These are ALL causes for thanksgiving.
I will post them in the forum. You may want to copy them and keep them handy for “those days”.
Let’s enter His gates with thanksgiving.
In the Word we are told:
I am blameless and free from accusation. (Colossians 1:22)
I have been spiritually circumcised. My old unregenerate nature has been
removed. (Colossians 2:11)
Christ Himself is in me. (Colossians 1:27)
I am firmly rooted in Christ and am now being built up in Him. (Col. 2:7)
I have been made complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10)
I have been buried, raised, and made alive with Christ. (Colossians 2:12,13)
I died with Christ and I have been raised up with Christ. My life is now hidden
With Christ in God. Christ is now my life. (Colossians 1:1-4)
I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life. (Colossians 3:4)
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. (Col. 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4)
I am a son of light and not of darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:5)
I have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7) I have been saved and set apart according to God’s doing.
(2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5)
Because I am sanctified and am one with the Sanctifier, He is not ashamed
to call me brother. (Hebrews 2:11)
I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling. (Hebrews 3:1)
I have the right to come boldly before the throne of God to find mercy and
grace in a time of need. (Hebrews4:16)
I have been born again. (1 Peter 1:23)
I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house.
(1 Peter 2:5)
I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a
People for God’s own possession. (1 Peter 2:9,10)
I am an alien and stranger to this world in which I temporarily live.
(1 Peter 2:11)
I am an enemy of the devil. (1 Peter 2:11)
I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by
Which I am a partaker of God’s divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4)
I am forgiven on the account of Jesus’ name. (1 John 2:12)
I am anointed by God. (1 John 2:27)
I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He returns. (1 John 3:1,2) I am loved. (1 John 4:10)
I am like Christ. (1 John 4:10)
I have life. (1 John 5:12)
I am born of God, and the evil one...the devil...cannot touch me.
(1 John 5:`8)
I have been redeemed. (Revelation 5:9)
I have been healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
I am the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13)
I am the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)
I am commissioned to make disciples. (Matthew 28:19,20)
I am a child of God. (John 1:12)
I have eternal life. (John 10:27)
I have been given peace. (John 14:27)
I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life. (John 15:1,5)
I am clean. (John 15:3)
I am Christ’s friend. (John 15:15)
I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit. (John 15:16) I have been given glory. (John 17:22)
I have been justified...completely forgiven and made righteous.
I died with Christ and died to the power of sin’s rule over my life.
I am a slave of righteousness. (Romans 6:18)
I am free from sin and enslaved to God. (Romans 6:22)
I am free forever from condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
I am a son of God; God is spiritually my Father. (Romans 8:14, 15
Galatians 3:26; 4:6)
I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him
I am more than a conqueror through Christ, who loves me.
I have faith. (Romans 12:3)
I have been sanctified and called to holiness. (1 Corinthians 1:2)
I have been given grace in Christ Jesus. (1Corinthians 1:4)
I have been placed into Christ, by God’s doing. (1 Corinthians 1:30) I have received the Spirit of God into my life that I might know the
things feely given to me by God. (1 Corinthians 2:12)
I have been given the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
I am a temple...a dwelling place...of God. His Spirit and His life dwell
in me. (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19)
I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17) I am bought with a price; I am not my own; I belong to God.
(1 Corinthians 6:19,20; 7:23) I am called. (1 Corinthians 7:17)
I am a member of Christ’s Body. (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:30) I am victorious through Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
I have been established, anointed and sealed by God in Christ, and I have been given to the Holy Spirit as a pledge guaranteeing my inheritance to come. (2 Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 1:13,14)
I am led by God in triumphal procession. (2 Corinthians 2:14)
I am to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved
and those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:15)
I am being changed into the likeness of Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:18 Since I have died, I no longer live for myself, but for Christ.
(2 Corinthians 5:14,15)
I am a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation.
(2 Corinthians 5:18,19)
I have been made righteous. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
I am given strength in exchange for weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ
lives in me. The life I am now living is Christ’s life. (Galatians 2:20)
I am a son/daughter of God and one in Christ. (Galatians 3:26, 28)
I am Abraham’s seed...an heir of the promise. (Galatians 3:29)
I am an heir of God since I am a son of God. (Galatians 4:6,7)
I am a saint. (Ephesians 1:1; ! Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2)
I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. (Ephesians 1:3)
I was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and
am without blame before Him. (Ephesians 1:4)
I was predestined...determined by God...to be adopted as God’s son.
I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13)
I have been redeemed and forgiven, and I am a recipient of His lavish
I have been made alive together with Christ. (Ephesians 2:5)
I have been raised up and seated with Christ in heaven. (Ephesians 2:6)
I am God’s workmanship...His handiwork...born anew in Christ to do His
work. (Ephesians 2:10)
I have direct access to God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:18)
I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family. (Ephesians 2:19)
I may approach God with boldness, freedom, and confidence. (Eph. 3:12)
I am righteous and holy. (Ephesians 2:24)
I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now. (Philippians 3:20
I am capable. (Philippians 4:13)
I have been rescued from the domain of Satan’s rule and transferred to the kingdom of Christ. (Colossians 1:13)
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. The debt against me has been cancelled. (Colossians 1:14)
Are you feeling thankful now? I am. May God hold each of us close and may our attitude be one of gratitude. In Jesus name. Amen
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