Sermons on giving thanks in all things


Introduction


The sermons below are all about giving thanks in Despite our circumstances, we can choose to be thankful people. As the Thanksgiving season approaches, let these sermons inspire and challenge you to develop an attitude of gratitude that will change your life and perspective.

PASTOR JOE SMITH
“Giving Thanks in All Things”
Philippians 4:6-7
11/18/2001

PASTOR BILL JOHNSON
“The Power of Gratitude”
Deuteronomy 8:10-14
11/22/2015

What the Bible Says About Giving Thanks

The Bible is full of verses that tell us to give thanks in all things. This is because giving thanks is not just something we should do when things are going well. Rather, it is something we should do all the time, no matter our circumstances.

Scriptures on Giving Thanks

The Bible has a lot to say about giving thanks. In fact, the word “thanks” is mentioned over 60 times in the Bible. Below are just a few scriptures that mention giving thanks.

1 Chronicles 16:34 – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His love endures forever.

Psalm 105:1 – Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

Psalm 107:1 – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Ecclesiastes 5:20 – Whoever fears God will avoid evil.

Stories of Giving Thanks


The Bible is full of stories of people who gave thanks to God in the midst of difficult circumstances. Here are just a few examples:

-In the book of Job, Job loses everything — his wealth, his family, his health — but he responds by worshiping God and affirming His goodness.
-In the book of Psalms, David gives thanks to God even when he is fleeing from Saul and living in caves.
-In the book of Daniel, Daniel and his friends give thanks to God even when they are thrown into a den of lions.
-In the New Testament, Jesus gives thanks to God even when He is about to be crucified.

These stories remind us that giving thanks is not dependent on our circumstances; it is an act of worship that we can do no matter what is happening in our lives.

Why We Should Give Thanks in All Things

The Scriptures are very clear that we are to give thanks in all things. This does not mean that we are to be thankful for all things, but rather that we are to have an attitude of thankfulness in all things. Let’s unpack this a bit and see what it means to have an attitude of thankfulness.

Reasons to Give Thanks

  1. God is good and His love endures forever
    “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34
  2. All of creation points to God’s glory
    “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” – Romans 1:20
  3. We have been redeemed by Christ’s blood
    “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” – Ephesians 1:7
  4. We are made new in Christ
    “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
  5. We are given hope through Christ’s resurrection
    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” – 1 Peter 1:3
    Benefits of Giving Thanks

    When we take the time to stop and give thanks for all that we have, it can change our whole perspective. We can begin to see the good in our lives instead of dwelling on the negative. Giving thanks also has many benefits, both physically and mentally.

Some of the benefits of giving thanks are:

-Boosts our moods and helps us to feel happier
-Lowers stress levels and helps us to relax
-Gives us a more positive outlook on life
-Helps us to cope with difficult situations
-Increases our sense of well-being
-Builds up our immune system
-Reduces inflammation in the body
-Connects us to other people

How to Give Thanks in All Things

Despite our circumstances, we can give thanks in all things because we know that God is in control. When we focus on all the negative things happening in our lives, we forget to be thankful for the good things. It is important to be thankful in all things, even when things are tough, because it shows that we trust God.

Ways to Give Thanks

  1. Be thankful for the good things. It’s easy to be thankful when things are going well, but we should also express gratitude when things are tough. Look for the silver lining in every situation and thank God for His blessings, even when they’re disguised.
  2. Be thankful for the difficult things. Difficult times can teach us valuable lessons and help us to grow in our faith. Thank God for His protection and guidance, even when we don’t understand what He’s doing.
  3. Be thankful for the people in your life. Thank God for your family and friends, both old and new. Cherish the relationships you have and be grateful for the role each person plays in your life.
  4. Be thankful for your blessings. Thank God for your many blessings – big and small. From your health to your home, from your job to your possessions, give thanks for all that you have been given.
  5. Be thankful for His love. Thank God for His great love for you – a love that is unending, unchanging, and unconditional. No matter what happens in this life, His love will never fail us!
    Attitudes of Giving Thanks

The attitude of gratitude is one that should be cultivated in all Christians. As we give thanks for all things, it not only demonstrates our faith in God, but also our reliance on Him. It shows that we trust Him to provide for us and meet our needs.

When we live with an attitude of gratitude, it changes our perspective and allows us to see the goodness of God in all things. It helps us to overcome problem situations and to view difficult circumstances from His perspective. In everything, we can give thanks, because we know that God is working for our good (Romans 8:28).

Giving thanks is not always easy. There may be times when we have to consciously choose to thank God, even when we don’t feel like it. But as we do so, He will transform our hearts and help us to see life from His perspective. Our attitude of gratitude will become more natural and automatic, and we will be better able to cope with whatever life throws at us.

Conclusion

Finally, we want to encourage you to give thanks in all things. This doesn’t mean that we should be thanking God for everything that happens, but it does mean that we can have an attitude of thankfulness even in the midst of difficult circumstances. The Bible says, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

When we have an attitude of thankfulness, it is a testimony to others of our trust in God’s sovereign goodness. It shows that we believe that He is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). And it brings glory to God as we acknowledge His faithfulness even when things are tough. So today, let us purpose to have thankful hearts, giving thanks in all things.


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