ThanksLiving – Live with a Thankful Attitude

Praising and thanking God is our privilege and joy.
Did you know that God created us to praise him and bring Him glory?
Glory in this context is defined as “adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving”-

“everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory 
whom I formed and made” -Isaiah 43:7

How would you describe yourself ?
Living thankfully?

Or do you generally have an attitude of indifference?
Or perhaps you live a life so busy you don’t even think of being thankful?
I can be guilty of these!
Perhaps you are someone who criticizes.

Do you often complain? Maybe you don’t even notice if you complain.
Test yourself– take 1 day and try to count how many times you complain to yourself or to others. You may be surprised.
I was.
Watch for my upcoming post entitled “A Complaint Free World”.

Our loving God commands us to praise him continually.
Wow! It is easier to know this is His desire than to actually be able to fulfill it.
I am no expert but I do know that the purposeful and consistent practice
of being grateful to God in all things requires each of us, Christian or not,
to make a choice.
For God, His will and His way for our life or for yourself with your will and your way!
Heart, mind, and soul.

Living with an attitude of thankfulness is God’s desire for us.  The Bible tells us so.

Next Sunday at our church we will be hearing a sermon on this topic.
It will be the first part of a Series called Thanks Living. I will post a link to each sermon when it s available online.
UPDATE January 2012-
Here is the link to the 2 sermons. Start with the 11/27/11 Sermon.

Here are some Bible verses for you to contemplate.

Hebrews 13:15
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Be joyful always; [17] pray continually; [18] give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 34:1
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.

Psalm 100:2-5
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. [3] Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. [4] Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. [5] For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Ephesians 5:20
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 103:2-5
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits— [3] who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, [4] who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, [5] who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 29:2
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

Psalm 145:3
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.

Psalm 89:15
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord.

Psalm 57:9-11
I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. [10] For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. [11] Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.

1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Ephesians 1:2-3
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. [3] Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Psalm 103:22
Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the Lord, O my soul.

Psalm 103:1
Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Psalm 115:1
Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.

Psalm 104:1
Praise the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

Psalm 34:3
Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.

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