Thanksgiving

Thankfulness – a grace given from the Triune God: From The Christian Message

Pic attribution - "The First Thanksgiving" (1915), by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (American painter, 1863-1930).

Pic attribution – “The First Thanksgiving” (1915), by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (American painter, 1863-1930). Note: “Thanksgiving” – conservapedia.com

Thankfulness – a grace given from the Triune God: From The Christian Message – thechristianmessage.org

The greatest kind of “Thankfulness,” is that type of thankfulness that is meant and expressed toward, the Creator, Triune God. While reading the Christian New Testament chapter of Romans 1:1f and (especially Romans 1:21), I have again concluded that being a thankful person, does not come naturally.

There is a difference between being grateful and being thankful. As human beings, we are grateful for many things. Our stomachs are gratified when they are full. Our bodies are gratified when they feel clean. We feel grateful when it is payday. It is gratifying for our favorite sports team to have won – especially when we have had the privilege of rooting them on in front of a TV or video screen. And, I suppose, most of all, we humans are gratified, when we sense and feel that we are loved.

But being thankful and living a life full of thankfulness takes on a different scope. In order to be truly “thankful,” – (1)  it presupposes the actual “giving of thanks.” And, (2) in order to be “thankful” – it presupposes that there is someone to be thankful toward. Are we to pat ourselves on the back for that which we are thankful? Or, if we stop and think for a moment, is there someone far greater than we, for which we can actually express our thanks?“ Thanksgiving” presupposes something or someone to whom we are pleased. It presupposes an “action” of noteworthy expressed gratitude.

We are not only encouraged, but commanded to give thanks – it is, our obligation towards our Creator

Presently, I am reminded of the familiar hymn lyric that states: “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below.” This lyric is in full keeping with the Christian New Testament book of Romans 1:18-22 and, especially, Romans 1:21:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools… Romans 1:18-22

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If a person cannot accept the very first verse of the Divine Revelation, how then can that person consider himself a “Christian?” Please note the one topical message, entitled – “Evolution:” Rejected by Jesus Christ – thechristianmessage.org

When a person does not recognize from where he [she] originates, it is impossible to be truly thankful. When children are irresponsibly taught by our public taxpayer funded school system that they are products of mere chance through a process called “evolution,” – why would those individuals be motivated to give thanks to their Creator? It would be preposterous! Hence, society and culture continues to self flagellate itself into a greater demise of cultural destruction.

The issue of today’s future for its youth, is not a lack of book knowledge, library space, academia or access. The issue facing today’s youth and tomorrow’s posterity is truly being aware and cognizant of, to Whom they should be thankful! Yet, today’s public educational industry continues to drift farther and farther into the dark sinkhole of political correctness and the dissemination of every and all types of (misguided) multicultural values.

History is held contemptible and only when it can be revised, held with any type of credibility. Evolution is purported to be the measurement of truth and reality – and, it doesn’t matter if it can be substantiated or held to account to the realities of disciplined (repeatable) science.

Why can’t most people fulfill the command to give their Creator thanks for their being and for their particular and multiple blessings? 

Holy Scripture gives us an answer:

This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus… — Ephesians 4:17- 21

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The Divine Revelation in the Scriptures reveals that the unregenerate soul resists the Triune God. “The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God…….” 1 Corinthians 2:14. Only through God’s grace, through [genuine] faith can a person become a child of God. Ephesians 2:8-10

To those of you who are “Ignorant,” “Without understanding,” “blind” and “past feeling:”

To those of you who are ignorant, without understanding, blind and “past feeling,” — those of you who haven’t experienced the truth and life that is in Christ – I can only say a few things:

Make it your complete preoccupation to earnestly search for meaning and truth! Seek wisdom! – [Proverbs 1:1f ; Proverbs 2:1f ; Psalm 111:10] Not only, seek, wisdom – but come to understand that the one Triune God, (in Jesus Christ), is the essence of wisdom – Colossians 2:3 ; 1 Corinthians 1:30

Know for a present and eternal reality that your sins have separated you from a holy and loving God and from His holy heaven. Genesis 8:21 —Romans 8:7 and Isaiah 59:1-4. If you and your priceless soul would enter God’s good graces — you must come to God, confessing your sins.

You must come humbly. You must come acknowledging your pride. Luke 18:9-14 — Luke 15:1f — Isaiah 55:6-8 and Luke 23:39-43. I have never been one preacher to suggest that a simple 4 or 5 point prayer will deliver an unrepentant soul, headed for eternal hell and destruction, towards a holy and just God and His heaven.

Prayer and “prayer mechanics” cannot transform a sinful soul — only the personal object of prayer, the Lord, Himself is able. I don’t believe that simple prayers and “making a ‘personal decision’ for Christ” will convert or change anyone from a rank sinner into a saint. It has to be the Triune God’s Holy Spirit who will transform a person’s soul, from a goat of destruction’s present and eternal demise, into the sheep of Christ’s pasture and direction. Ephesians 2:8-10 and John 1:12-13 The Scriptures make it clear that it is the Lord, who works both the “will” and “to do” of His good pleasure. – Philippians 2:13

RegenerationFinally, the Scripture says that the “faith,” to believe what God has told us in His Divine Revelation, (the Scriptures), comes by “hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” [Romans 10:17] We are told to “draw near to God.” [James 4:8-10] Humans can avail themselves of the best means to do that – and, that is by the Holy Scriptures. After all, the Scriptures are God’s gift to make his creation “wise to salvation,” — through faith, which is, in Christ Jesus. – 2 Timothy 3:15-17

Once a person earnestly seeks God in the Holy Scriptures, the way for that person will have then been “paved” to make it possible to be transformed by God’s Holy Spirit into a believing “child of God.” Romans 10:17 — Ephesians 2:1-10 and Romans 10:8-17 .

I pray and desire for all of you a rewarding Thanksgiving holiday – but more than that, the true spirit of genuine thanksgiving towards your Creator Triune God! May your thanksgiving to Him be the natural flow and outgrowth of true life, found in, and with Him — only found possible, by faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. – John 3:14-21.

Amen!

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] — Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:

Related Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures to the above message:

Genesis 1:1f — The miracle of Creation

Related New Testament Christian Scriptures to the above message:

Luke 2:1-20 — The miracle of the birth Christ — Note the preceeding Scripture: Luke 1:26-48

Colossians 1:26-27 — The miracle of Christ formed in the Christian believer

1 Corinthians 15:1f — The miracle of the resurrection

1 Timothy 3:16 — “Great is the mystery of godliness….”

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak” — by Victor Buksbazen — Isaiah 53:1-12 — an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

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Why give thanks to God after this corrupted 2008 US election?

Everyday is a time to thank God for His goodness and blessings. Even though, our God blessed land has fallen upon evil and misguided leaders and blind media; the (true) Triune God still deserves our praise and thanks for His provision.

For some of you who read or happen upon this blog; you may have been more discouraged this Thanksgiving Day than ever before. What concerned you most has now taken place; Barack Hussein Obama managed to capture a 2nd term (illegally)  posing as legitimate US president.

For those of us who cherish our US Constitution as much as our guns and our Bibles, you may be almost to the point of despair.

However, friends: Take heart. Cherish those particular Scriptures which promise that those who live a lifestyle of lying and evil will ultimately be exposed. Take heart, because the God of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures does not lie. Obama (baring true repentance and demonstrable faith) will be as the grass today which is gone tomorrow. In the end, he will be held responsible and accountable before a holy God. He will receive his just reward. He will eternally perish with all the wicked.

Following, is a Thanksgiving piece I authored this morning, on my The Christian Message website. Enjoy the story and links:

Following The Great Flood God promised that “seedtime and harvest” would continue. That is primarily interrupted by sinful human selfishness; wars and continued terrorism, being prime examples.

Thanksgiving with a farm family and the barnyard pigs – Via TheChristian Message.org

Here, in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a day designated by government to be honored. Our nation was founded upon the Judeo / Christian religions; and so it makes sense and is fitting to recognize our common Creator for all of His gracious goodness. Thanksgiving, presupposes that thanks be given to someone. Christ’s disciples, naturally give thanks to their Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving story:

This morning upon awakening, I remembered a story my father would tell at Thanksgiving. It was about a university professor, whose car had broken down on a countryside road, Thanksgiving Day. He walked to the nearest farm house to ask if he could use their phone. Once graciously welcomed inside, he saw the farmer’s family and wife all gathered at the table, waiting to dig into the Thanksgiving dinner. He was invited to have dinner with the family, to which he immediately and eagerly accepted.

After the prayer of thanks to God for the luscious feast (and dinner had begun), the university professor asked the farmer:

“I see that you and your family still believe in that old time religion. How can you pray and give thanks to a god that you haven’t seen?” Don’t you know by now that you’ve evolved from the animal kingdom? Haven’t you ever heard of evolution?”

The wise farmer didn’t care to be drawn into a testy discussion during the Thanksgiving feast with all gathered around; so, he graciously responded:

“After dinner; come out with me and watch me feed my pigs. Then, I will give you an answer to your questions.”

Soon after dinner the farmer and the university professor left the empty plates of the farm house kitchen and visited the barnyard. There, the farmer fed the pigs. It was the corn and grain feed which was grown on his own farm. Then the farmer related to the “learned” university professor, that he always counted on the good Lord’s promise, following Noah’s Flood; that the Lord would always provide for the earth the suitable environment for “seedtime and harvest.”  – Genesis 8:22

The farmer continued by saying: 

“These pigs get fed because of the good Lord’s promised provision; but, these pigs are not like us humans. These pigs wait for either members of my family or me to feed them; and, once they are thrown their food, they don’t hesitate one second to thank us or the good Lord for all their life sustaining provision. That primarily is what distinguishes us from the pigs. If you Mr. University Professor wish to live your life like these pigs; that is your choice. But, for me and my family; we will praise and serve our Creator Lord!”

Related:

Romans 1:16-25:

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. – Christian New Testament – Romans 1:16-25 – Please also note the remainder of the chapter: Romans 1:26-32

Also Related:

The 2 Most Important Realities that a Person Can Realize this Side of the Hereafter – thechristianmessage.org/2011/04/

“Evolution:” Rejected by Jesus Christ – thechristianmessage.org/2011/02/

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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak” — by Victor Buksbazen — an in-depth view of Isaiah 53:1-12 and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

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The “Words in Season” topical messages and related worship formatare not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website’s author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages and related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

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