Being Thankful (Rev. Dr. E. Wayne Hanks, Senior Pastor)
Anecdote - Neiman Marcus, shopper letter about nondescript little man
2 Timothy 3:1-5 - "Ungrateful," listed among Last Days people to avoid.
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT)
Romans 1:21 - "They are without excuse . . . nor were thankful."
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. (Romans 1:21 NLT)
Six Things for which We Can Be Thankful
1) Forgives all your sin (vs 3)
2 Kinds of Sins - intentional (commission), neglect (omission)
Vs 12 - as far as east is from the west, sins are removed. Going north or south eventually changes from one to another. But east or west never changes. (Micah 7)
2) Heals all your diseases (vs 3)
Anything that diminishes your peace & contentment - Physical, Emotional (Dr Carl Meninger - 75% of his patients could walk out whole, if they realized their sins are forgiven), Attitudinal (personality, disposition) Philippians 2 - "Let this mind be in you . . . ." Isaiah 53:5
3) Redeems your life from the pit (vs 4)
Pit represents The Abyss, destruction. "From going to waste," in one translation.
Anecdote of bible teacher healed as he taught from this chapter. Played audio tape from 1993. First Baptist church, Brennam, TX, as he teaches, his voice is healed. His realization of the healing causes him to break down.
4) Crowns you with steadfast love & mercy
5) Satisfies you with good
6) Yiuth us renewed like the eagle's
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