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THANKING GOD FOR THE UNSPEAKABLE GIFT

MORNING MESSAGE  11-20-11
THANK GOD FOR THIS UNSPEAKABLE GIFT

II Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Introduction:    This week we will all sit around a dinner table and celebrate a holiday we call Thanksgiving.  There are many things we can be thankful for, but there is no greater thing that we can praise the Lord for than our salvation and the redemption that our Lord provided through His propitiation for our sins.

Many of the blessings we enjoy in this life even unsaved people have enjoyed:  food … homes … family … a wonderful nation … blessings that abound. We all can be thankful for these (and praise the Lord for these), but we need to remember that these are all temporary and certainly not unspeakable.  Some day when will are ushered into eternity and die, they will be no longer.  The Bible is clear for Hebrews 9:27 says, “… it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”   When we die, all the comforts and blessings we have experienced in this life will not matter, because in that day we will have to give an account for our lives, and there is not one of us who is perfect and sinless before God.   The Bible says Rom. 3:23 all have sinned and come short of the glory of God…”  Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.  There is none of us who are going to be able to say before God, “I deserve your blessings!  I deserve heaven!”

Our text declares what it is that we should be most thankful for and    Paul said it this way..  “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” I Cor. 9:15.  He calls it an unspeakable gift because words cannot do it justice.  We cannot utter how great it is.  It cannot be properly described or given adequate praise.

I.    CONSIDER WHY IT IS CALLED AN UNSPEAKABLE GIFT …

A gift that is unspeakable is so great–so grand that words cannot describe how great it is.

Why is it that mankind and even church people do not view Christ’s gift and atonement that He offers to mankind as an unspeakable gift?

A.    The reason is simple:  they do not realize how badly they need it.

Consider the following passage of Scripture..

Luke 7:36  And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.
Luke 7:37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that [Jesus] sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
Luke 7:38 And stood at his feet behind [him] weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe [them] with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed [them] with the ointment.
Luke 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw [it], he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman [this is] that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
Luke 7:40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
Luke 7:41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
Luke 7:42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
Luke 7:43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that [he], to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
Luke 7:44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped [them] with the hairs of her head.
Luke 7:45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
Luke 7:46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, [the same] loveth little.
Luke 7:48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

The reason people do not appreciate this gift is because they do not realize how badly they need it.   If we could ever get a vision or even a taste of the righteouness and holiness of God, we soon would realize just how bad we are.

The average person just has no idea how rotten they are in comparison to the standard that God requires of us.  If we did, we would fall down on our knees like Isaiah of old and say, “Woe is me for I am undone … for I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell with a people of unclean lips… Isa. 6:5”  Remember the one who said this was none other than Isaiah, a great prophet of God.  But people who are filled with vices, bad habits and sinful inclinations–they think nothing of this gift called Salvation.  Ho Hum.   Ho Hum..  They see no need for it.

For the average person in this world,  the gift of salvation would be like a hog appreciating a beautiful diamond ring.  The hog would snort and sniff it, then stomp it in the mud and head for the feeding trough.  All people care about in this world are things that appeal to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.

Unless a person really gets a hold on how desperate their situation is apart from God, they will never appreciate what Jesus did for them on the cross.  In the parable given above, Jesus told this Pharisee he didn’t love Him because he thought he was all right without Christ.  The immoral woman knew how badly she needed salvation and wept and cried and begged God for mercy!

B.    The reason people do not know how sinful they are is because they are not being exposed to the Word of God that exposes our sinful condition.

So brazen have we become  in sin, that adultery and homosexuality are no longer sins … Using God’s name in vain is just an expression of speech … Covetousness and greed is just the American way.

We don’t even know what the word idolatry means.
In fact, the only curse words in the English language are the words,

SIN AND HELL !!

God help the preacher who preaches on the either of these two subjects.

JESUS APPRAISED THE PROBLEM COMPLETELY AND ACCURATELY.

THE PHARISEE DID NOT VIEW HIMSELF AS A SINNER AND THEREFORE COULD NOT THANK GOD FOR THIS UNSPEAKABLE GIFT!!  HE HAD NO NEED OF IT.  YET THE IMMORAL WOMAN KNEW SHE NEEDED IT AND WAS THANKFUL FOR IT!

II.      CONSIDER THAT SALVATION MUST BE RECOGNIZED AS A GIFT THAT IS BEYOND OUR MEANS..  We cannot earn it or deserve it and therefore Paul said it is an unspeakably precious gift that words cannot describe.

Any illustration I give concerning this is going to fall short.  The Bible says that what God has done for us is a gift.

Romans 3:23  – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of  God.  (Have you ever gone somewhere to buy something, and when you look in your wallet you come up short?)

SOME PEOPLE STILL THINK THEY CAN EARN HEAVEN.

That’s what happens when we look at the righteous standard of God’s Word.  We come up short.  BUT JUST HOW SHORT?

The reason people do not view the work that Jesus did for them on the cross as an unspeakable gift is because they think it is within their grasp to understand it, or earn it, or attain it.  Something I have a handle on, I do not describe as unspeakable.  Soon Christmas will be upon us, and on Black Friday a shopping frenzy will take place.  No one goes out and buys unspeakable gifts.  They are advertised gifts.  Word reaches the ear of the shopper, and they go out and buy gifts. But salvation is a gift that cannot be purchased with any amount of money.

IT IS NOT AN UNSPEAKABLE GIFT IF IT CAN BE PURCHASED WITH MONEY.
IT IS NOT AN UNSPEAKABLE GIFT IF IT CAN BE EARNED WITH GOOD WORKS.
IT IS NOT AN UNSPEAKABLE GIFT IF IT CAN BE ATTAINED THROUGH DEEDS.

People really think they can earn their way into heaven.

We need to recognize that heaven is a gift:  you can’t earn it or deserve it.  The only way you get it is by receiving God’s gift.

And the reason it is an unspeakable gift is that we fall so far short that we can’t even understand how far short we are from earning it!

III.      CONSIDER THAT SO GREAT A GIFT IS THIS SALVATION THAT OUR LORD OFFERS THAT IT CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD AND PROPERLY ARTICULATED IN HUMAN LANGUAGE …

The Greek word unspeakable means it is indescribable; it defies words, it cannot be expounded.

Now here is the dilemma I face: I am trying to communicate something that words cannot communicate.  No one can be talked into heaven–nor can preaching alone do it.  Preaching and our witness is like water off a duck’s back to sinners unless the power of the Holy Spirit convicts their heart. Unless God convicts a sinner, no sinner is going to get saved.  Consider the following verses:

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Romans 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

Unless God touches the heart of a sinner and convicts him, he cannot be saved.

NO WORDS PRAYED OR SPOKEN WILL SAVE YOU.  SALVATION IS NOT PRAYING A PRAYER, GETTING BAPTIZED,  WALKING AN AISLE,  OR ANY OF THAT.   SALVATION ONLY COMES WHEN A SINNER RESPONDS TO THE CONVICTING POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, RESPONDS IN FAITH, TRUSTS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND RECEIVES THIS UNSPEAKABLE GIFT.

In 1973 a friend shared with me for the first time in my life the clear message of salvation.  I understood it, but didn’t get saved.  The reason I didn’t get saved is because it is not just understanding the message that saves anyone.

When we say it is an unspeakable gift, we are saying it goes beyond words (and mind) and enters into the realm of the heart and emotions.  WE MUST BELIEVE IN OUR HEARTS TO BE SAVED.   It took one year after I heard the message for the message to penetrate my heart!

Women are good at feeling something in their hearts but are often unable to communicate it with their mouths.  How often it is (men) that your wives have said to you that something is wrong.  And when you asked what is wrong, they cannot tell you.  Then you look at them in bewilderment and try to get them to articulate what is wrong.  They are not able to put it into words. Some things defy words and go into the realm of the emotions and heart.   There are a lot of people who have come short of heaven by 18 inches.  This is the distance between the head and the heart!

It is an unspeakable gift because the things of the heart often cannot be described with words–they can only be experienced!

IV.    CONSIDER THAT WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE ONLY WAY WE CAN RECEIVE THIS GIFT IS BY HUMBLING OURSELVES BEFORE GOD AND ASKING FOR IT.

Jesus gave a great parable to illustrate how a person receives this unspeakable gift called salvation.

Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Luke 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

This gift is Unspeakable.
This gift is unfathomable.

Add an infinite amount of zeros to the equation because we are not able to obtain it at all. Our good works fall short of it.  All our righteousness is but filthy rags!

Do we think that, by doing what this Pharisee said he did, we could earn our way into heaven?

Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Luke 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

This Jewish fellow proud as a peacock–coming to buy his salvation with his cookie jar money–all the righteousness he set aside.

The other account our Lord gave was the Pharisee that looked down his nose at the woman who kissed our Lord’s feet and anointed Him with precious ointment!

Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, [the same] loveth little.

To whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.  So it is that to the one whose sins were few, they think salvation of Jesus is not an unspeakable gift!

1.    Here is a Pharisee who was doing something for the Lord. He invited him to his house.  He was footing the bill for the dinner. He certainly thought the Lord would be indebted to him.

He had the wrong attitude toward salvation and forgiveness of sin.

2.    There are two types of gifts you can receive: There is one that if you wanted to, you could easily buy or pay for it yourself;  or, there is the other–that the only way you could get it would be by receiving it as a gift (there being no way you could ever afford it).

Salvation can only be gotten as a gift.

Do you recognize salvation as a GIFT?
Have you recognized it as an Unspeakable Gift?
Have you humbled yourself by asking for that Gift?

THIS IS WHY IT IS AN UNSPEAKABLE GIFT!

Unless the gospel message penetrates the heart of the hearer, salvation is not an unspeakable gift.  It is not unspeakable until it penetrates the heart, and the issues of the heart are unspeakable.  It goes beyond words, reason, and human understanding.  IT ENTERS THE REALM OF THE UNSPEAKABLE!

Here are some other verses that talk about spiritual things as transcending the human mind, language and speech.   When we enter into the realm of the Spirit, our words cannot describe the things we see and hear.

II Corinthians 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

V.       CONSIDER THE END RESULT OF THE RECEPTION OF THIS GIFT: A CHANGED LIFE WHICH WILL BE REFLECTED IN OUR WORSHIP AND LIFE OF SERVICE FOR THE LORD.

In the context of this passage Paul is talking about the sacrifices that God’s people made in supporting his preachers and ministers.  At the conclusion of his writing he says …

II Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

When we receive this unspeakable gift into our hearts, we will want to serve the Lord, and we will want to support His work.  We will want to do good works.

CONCERNING THIS TEXT JOHN GILL WROTE

…. none can tell how great this gift is, which is so suitable and seasonable, so large and comprehensive, nor declare the love both of the Father and the Son, expressed in it. Thankful we should be for it; and our thankfulness should be shown by highly prizing and valuing this gift; by laying the whole stress of our salvation on Christ; by ascribing all the glory of it to him; by giving up ourselves to him, and to his interest; by walking worthy of him in all well pleasing, and by communicating to the support of his cause, and the supply of his poor ministers and members. And thus the apostle tacitly suggests one of the strongest arguments that can be used, to stir up the saints to generosity and liberality, taken from the wonderful grace of God in the gift of his Son; for if he of his free grace, and unmerited love, has given his Son to, and for his people, and with him all things freely, both the riches of grace and glory, then they ought freely and bountifully to communicate temporal good things to the poor members of Christ, for whom God and Christ have an equal love, as for themselves…..

II Corinthians 9:15 Thanks [be] unto God for his unspeakable gift.

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GREATEST SPOILERS OF THANKSGIVING

THE GREATEST SPOILERS OF THANKSGIVING

 As we come to the holiday we call Thanksgiving, we should note that there are some sins that will destroy our ability to give thanks. Today we are going to look at the three greatest spoilers of thankful spirit and heart: These three sins are: PRIDE, BITTERNESS, AND COVETOUSNESS …

I.   PRIDE Is What Causes Us To Lose A Spirit Of Thanksgiving

Pride will rob us of our ability to be thankful to God because those who are proud give themselves the credit for what God alone should get credit for

Deuteronomy 8:17 (to the Israelites) – And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of [mine] hand hath gotten me this wealth.

God is the One who has blessed us with every good thing that we have. We tend to forget that we are so very frail only God can keep us breathing all blessings flow from the Lord. When we forget this we think

Become proud and loose a sweet humble and thankful spirit.

 A.     Pride Robs Us of Our Ability to Thank God

Because Our Pride Causes Us to Be Self-Centered Rather Than God-Centered …

The author of sin and pride is the devil.

The devil got proud, and we can read what he said:

ME, MY I,

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Isaiah 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

B.      Pride Causes Us To Have An Inflated Opinion of Ourselves

Philippians 2:3 [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Our pride is what causes us to have an improper attitude of Thanksgiving toward God.

To be thankful we need to acknowledge that something was given to us or that we received unmerited favor. To be thankful we have to acknowledge that God has given to us something that we did not necessarily earn or deserve.

If we think we deserve what we have, then we will never give thanks for it. We think that since we earned it, we deserve it. Pride makes us think we deserve more of what we do have, and pride will cause us to think others should thank us and there is no need to thank God. We have elevated our opinion of ourselves. We have the mentality that we can be gods even to the extent of our ability to control the environment! Do we really think we puny men are mighty enough to control such a huge thing as global warming. Men do not stop and consider that maybe God is involved in all this? It never occurs to men that maybe He is trying to get our attention.

C.    Pride Causes Us To Think God Should Serve Us Rather Than We Serve God.

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Luke 17:7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?

Luke 17:8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?

Luke 17:9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.

Luke 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

The lesser thanks the greater … and when we give thanks to God, we acknowledge that we are the servant and He is Lord.

Every time we give thanks we humble ourselves.

We do not have a financial problem in America we have a pride problem. People have an inflated opinion of their own worth and value. The reason people are not able to control their finances is because they think they deserve greater than what they have, and therefore rack up payments.

We think we deserve more and more and more

This is all a manifestation of pride.

THE REASON WE ARE NOT PRODUCING PRODUCTS AS WE SHOULD IN THIS COUNTRY IS BECAUSE WE FEEL THAT SO MUCH WORK IS BENEATH US.

 D.     Pride Causes You To Lose A Sweet Servant’s Heart…

(Again, we forget we are here to serve God not God serve us.)

Our pride will get in the way of our being thankful to God.

Pride causes us to look to God to serve us rather than our serving Him.

This is what the parable of the servant is all about: The servant’s duty and job is to serve his master. Do we thank the servant when he does what he is supposed to do?

THIS IS THE ESSENCE OF IDOLATRY because an idol is really a god who serves us rather than the true God whom we serve.

 II. The Second Enemy of Thanksgiving is BITTERNESS

A bitter person is a miserable person.

A miserable person is an unthankful person.

An unthankful person no one wants to be around which also causes them to be the kind of person that no one wants to be around which then causes them to be even more bitter!

A.     Bitterness all starts with un forgiveness.

If we have un forgiveness in our hearts God will not receive our offerings, and giving thanks is an offering of praise to the Lord.

HEB 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name.

Bitterness towards a brother or sister will cause this offering not to be accepted. Soon we become like Cain a bitter miserable person.

Matthew 5:23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

Matthew 5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Matthew 5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

Note: As we bring a gift of thanksgiving to God, it will not be accepted if we are harboring bitterness in our hearts towards a brother.

B.   Bitterness can also come from hurt that we experience from others.

Sometimes this hurt is perceived because of pride. How many times people have gotten bitter because they were rebuked the problem again is PRIDE.

Bitterness was the cause of Cain killing Abel. Upon hearing both Jesus and the Apostle Paul preach for the first time the people wanted to kill them!

C.     Bitterness Can Also Come When People Are Super Sensitive and Easily Offended.

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Look at the characteristics of love. Bitterness is the opposite of love..

A person who is consumed with a spirit of hatred will lose his or her sweet Christian spirit. If we harbor bitterness on the inside, it will affect not only our countenance, but also affect us in other physical ways.

Love suffers long is kind envies not vaunteth not itself … is not puffed up or unseemly, seeketh not her own is not easily provoked … thinketh no evil rejoiceth not in Iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth beareth, believeth hopeth all things endureth all things too …

Being offended often starts with pride and then develops into bitterness..

D.    The Ultimate degradation of bitterness is when a person gets bitter at God

Realize that being bitter at people who are made in the image of God is the door opener to being bitter at God if you allow it to brew.

Remember: anything that a person has done against you you have done worse against God. And if you cannot forgive your fellow man, what makes you think God will forgive you?

III.    The Third Hindrance To Being Able to Express Thanksgiving is COVETOUSNESS

Covetousness will rob you of a spirit of Thanksgiving.

The 10th commandment is: THOU SHALT NOT COVET

Covetousness also proceeds from the root sin of pride.

PRIDE WILL CAUSE US TO BECOME DISCONTENT AND GIVE US INORDINATE AMBITIONS.

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Isaiah 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

The devil got proud. He was no longer content with the position that God had given him:

HE WANTED MORE.

HE THOUGHT HE DESERVED MORE.

HE WANTED TO BE THE BOSS.

HE WANTED TO RULE.

HE WANTED TO BE IN CONTROL.

A.    Covetousness is really wanting something that God does not want for you.

Covetousness (like bitterness) proceeds from the sin of pride, which is really the door opener to all forms of sin. Pride and covetousness go hand in hand. It is a sin that takes from you your ability to praise God.

Did not Satan appeal to man’s pride when he said, Ye shall be as gods.

Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour’s.

B.    If we are discontent with what we have, we feel we have to get more; if we are content with

what we have we will not covet what others have.

Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content.

Philippians 4:12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

C.    They that be rich will lose a spirit of humility and are overtaken with lusts and covetousness.

I Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

I Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out.

I Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

I Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

I Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

I Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

I Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

D.    The Downfall of All of Those Who Live to be Rich:

Luke 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

Luke 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

Luke 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

Luke 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, [and] be merry.

Luke 12:20 But God said unto him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

Luke 12:21 So [is] he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Luke 12:22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

Luke 12:23 The life is more than meat, and the body [is more] than raiment.

Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

Luke 12:25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

Luke 12:26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

Luke 12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Luke 12:28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more [will he clothe] you, O ye of little faith?

Luke 12:29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

Luke 12:30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

Luke 12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Luke 12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and [your] lights burning;

Luke 12:36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.

Luke 12:37 Blessed [are] those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

Luke 12:38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find [them] so, blessed are those servants.

Luke 12:39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.

Conclusion: Don’t let these three sins rob you of a joyous and blessed Thanksgiving Day and, in fact, the ability to give thanks every day. The Bible says that in Everything We Should Give Thanks–not just the last Thursday of November. It all starts however with the sin of pride.

Pride opens the door to bitterness

Pride opens the door to covetousness

Pride opens the door to all sin.

If we instill in our hearts a sense that we deserve more if we inflate our opinion of ourselves and puff ourselves up, we are capable of any sin. Pride is the door opener to all sins. In I Timothy chapter 3 Paul calls pride the sin which is the “condemnation of the devil” Having a spirit of thanksgiving and humility go hand in hand. How can pride and a spirit of thanksgiving co-habitate? They can’t.

The greatest characteristic of unholiness is being unthankful. It is a good thing to give thanks! But these three sins will rob us of our ability to have a thankful heart and spirit. Especially the sin of pride. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to meditate on the virtue of being thankful to God. However, don’t let these three sins rob you of your ability to be thankful to the Lord.

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