Beacon Hill Church
THANKS OR NO THANKS
Gratitude Sermon Series
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  • Beacon Hill Church - Main Campus (English)
    1990 Norco Dr, Norco, CA 92860, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM
  • Beacon Hill: Jurupa Valley Campus (English)
    6827 36th St, Riverside, CA 92509, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM
  • Beacon Hill East Campus (Spanish/Swahili)
    3659 Corona Ave, Norco, CA 92860, USA
    Sunday 9:15 PM
Whether you gather, or not with family and friends this Thanksgiving the admonition to “give thanks” is a non-negotiable:
It is not always easy to give thanks in all circumstances, especially when you have experienced loss or disappointment, but giving thanks is the very thing we must do in order to see God's will accomplished.

Point #1 – True thankfulness comes from a heart of love and adoration for God, not a position of prosperity

The very first Thanksgiving in America was birthed out of season of loss, rather than a time of prosperity and plenty. The celebration of the first Thanksgiving and it’s establishment into the fiber of our nation arose out of times of hardship and adversity.

Therefore, true thankfulness is not always found or flourishes in seasons of plenty and freedom from loss; but emerges from hard times and difficult moments in our lives.

Why is it important to be thankful? That may me the wrong question.
· The right question is: Why do we, as God’s creation, need to be thankful?

Point #2 – Thankfulness is necessary to nurture our soul

Last week: “An attitude of thankfulness in a Christian’s life will create an spiritual environment where the virtues of godliness can flourish.”

The opposite is also true: An absence of thankfulness depletes the human spirit and turns our lives into a spiritual wasteland
When humanity refuses to honor and thank God their reasoning becomes futile and their foolish heart darkened. They became less, not more intellectual and emotionally stable.


Human beings actually claimed they were being wise in turning their back on God, but what they took to be wisdom, simply demonstrated their folly and led them to apostasy and a depth of sin that would lead to their eventual destruction. A spiritual wasteland

Nothing turns us into bitter, selfish, dissatisfied people more quickly than a haughty attitude toward God and ungrateful heart.
· And nothing will do more to restore contentment and the joy of our salvation than a true spirit of thankfulness.

THE APOSTLE PAUL LAYS OUT A PLAN OF ACTION FOR BELIEVERS WHO ARE UNDERGOING TIMES OF CRISIS IN PHILIPPIANS 4:6-9
Paul urges the believer, in every circumstance, BY PRAYER AND PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, TO PRESENT THEIR REQUESTS TO GOD.

When they do that, they exhibit faith and confidence in God.
· When we give thanks to God we acknowledge our utter dependence upon Him and we affirm His greatness and His goodness.

Point #3: Thanksgiving is an expression of faith and confidence in God
After submitting one’s requests to God, with thanksgiving, one is in a position to receive God’s peace. Peace comes because prayer is an expression of trust

VERSE 7 - And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

Point #4 – A Lifestyle of Gratitude Positions us to receive God’s peace

God’s peace will guard your mind against anxiety and the attacks of the evil one. In order to keep your mind free from anxiety, you must keep your thoughts fixed on the good things of God.

VERSE 8 - Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable —if anything is excellent or praiseworthy —think about such things. (NIV)

This is not merely “positive thinking” - rather it is keeping your mind stayed on God.

VERSE 9 - Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me —put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (NIV)

PUT INTO PRACTICE WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED!