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Sunday, November 22nd 2009

11:06 PM


How often are you thankful to God? Once a year? Once a week on Sunday? Once in a while when you think of it? Or never?

We truly live in an unthankful generation. Too many people believe they are entitled to privileges rather than realizing they must earn them. Because of that, they do not realize God does not have to give us the blessings He bestows on us each day. In fact, too many people if you asked them, "if they were thankful to God", they would ask you "what for?".

2 Timothy 3:1-5, well describes this generation -"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."

I truly believe we are in the last days.  You have to admit it is a pretty good description of the people living today.

One reason I believe people have come to point of living as described in those verses is that way too many people do not even know God as their Creator, must less as their Saviour.

Psalms 100:3-5 says, "Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."

Notice it is after a person realizes it is due to God they have life, they are to be thankful to HIM. Without Him you would not have physical life. He created you in your mother's womb (Psalms 139) and without Him you will never have eternal life.

God loves us, you and me. He made us and He knows we are sinners. He knows that sin separates us from Him (Isaiah 59:2), for He is holy and no sin will be allowed in His presence. Because He loves us and wants us to be with Him forever, He gave us one way to get rid of our sin and be reconciled to HIM.  God the Father, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, God the Son, to come in flesh and blood to take our punishment for us (John 3:16). Jesus willingly suffered our punishment for us - He died in our place and shed His blood that our sins could be cleansed away (John 10 & 1 John 1:7). He took our sin and when we come to Him in faith believing that, He clothes us in HIS righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). Only HIS righteousness will get us into Heaven.  On the third day, He arose and is willing to save all who will turn from their sin, pride, self-righteousness, and come to Him for salvation (Hebrews 7:25).  Will you trust Him today?  Then you will truly have reason to be thankful!

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