Thanksgiving in Three Time Zones
I. Thank God for What He Has Done.
Ps 126:3- The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
God has already done amazing things that we should regularly give thanks to Him for.
What an amazing act of God! With his Word the worlds were framed and formed. With his hands man and woman were created and with his Breath of Life they became living souls.
What an amazing blessing from God! He did not have to reveal himself to us, but he did. He took the initiative to speak directly to man. He took the initiative to speak to man within his spirit. He then directed holy men to write down his Word so that we would have his complete revelation. Don’t take your Bible for granted; thank God for his divine revelation.
What an amazing work of God! He Saved Us. He provided the payment for our sins when we were at our worst and could do nothing about our condition. He sent Jesus Christ to be the perfect Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world.
What an amazing attitude of God! He is actually “mindful” of us. He thinks about us. He cares about us. Think of his consideration:
1) Physical- Birth; Parents; Health; Marriage; Family; Material Blessings (Work, income, shelter, transportation, clothing, food, ALL Needs, MANY Wants, FEW Luxuries
2) Spiritual- Heritage; Experience; Blessings (Holy Ghost, Healings, Refillings, Comfort, Peace, Joy, Encouragement, Strength, Grace.....)
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
II. Thank God for What He is Doing.
Ps 103:1-5 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
A. Sustaining- by Him all things consist- he is holding all things together by his power Right Now!
B. Saving- He is still saving souls- Those who have never heard before- Lost in the wilderness and in the jungles of this world- Lost in Gospel hardened America- Lost in West Plains- Backsliders who Know but are lost. He is still saving Moms, Dads, Sons, Daughters, Family, Friends, Co-Workers, and even Chance acquaintances.
C. Providing- He is still giving breath, health, and material blessings untold.
D. Ruling- He is still on the throne of the Universe; the hearts of kings are still in his hand.
III. Thank God for What He Will Do.
Joel 2:21- Fear not, O land, be glad and rejoice; for the Lord will do great things.
2 Cor. 1:9 we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
A. He Will Remain Faithful.
Deut 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
1Thess 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
B. He Will Reward the Righteous.
One day the Rapture & Resurrection will actually take place. The dead in Christ will be raised from the dead and the living saved will be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. After our Rapture up into his presence we will be Rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ. As his bride, we will partake of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Then, we will Rule and Reign With Him on Earth.
1 Cor. 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him
C. He Will Reign for Eternity.
Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a statue or image that had a Gold head, a Silver chest and arms, a Brass torso, Iron legs, and Feet and toes of iron and clay mixed. This dream and this statue was an overview of all the empires and kingdoms of man, from the Babylonian empire through the Roman empire and then on to the 10 Kingdom Confederation that exists during the Tribulation. Then, a Stone Cut out of the Mountain without hands came crashing down upon the image and destroyed it completely. The stone became a great mountain that symbolized the eternal kingdom of God. Dan 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
1Tim 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Thank God for What He Has Done!
Thank God for What He is Doing!
Thank God for What He Will Yet Do!
Bro. Dwain Galiher
Pastor of JHPC