For our thanksgiving celebration. It’s exciting. Exhilarating. Biblical. Spiritual. It’s Christ-like. It is about Great Commission living… about the Great Commandment demonstrated, His love being shown through us. And I am expecting a Hallelujah time as we gladly welcome our guest and feast with them. I’m more excited that all will be hearing about Him who can satisfy their spiritual hunger… the bread of life, JESUS!
Grateful? Yes, big time! I thank my God for His unconditional love, His undeserved grace, His indescribable mercy and that He chooses to use us to spread his ‘aroma of love’ to those around us?! God is good.
You are loved… This is where I transition to you and say ‘thank you’ for your support, your cooperation and your love for Him and us. The Holy Spirit works powerfully where there is UNITY. God sends us individuals where LOVE abides. Happy people are contagious people. Let’s expect and believe lives will be touched with His love and power.
In today’s message we will address three keys to a happy thanksgiving. Looking at Philippians 4:10-20 we find the Apostle Paul telling us about:
Contentment… ‘I have learned to be content’. Have you?
Confidence… ‘I can do all things’ and ‘My God will supply all my needs’… Sounds like he is a very confident brother. Are you?
Commitment… this is love in action!
The commitment of others encouraged Paul. “you did well by sharing with me in my hardship” (4:14) “you sent gifts for my need several times” (4:16).
Commitment pleases God. “the gifts you sent… they are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God’ (4:18). That’s good.
Commitment advances God’s cause. “I want you to know that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel” (1:12). Great!
I’m grateful. Are you?
Tonight… be ready to serve, to take care of our guests, to show them we are glad they are with us.
“I thank my God every time I remember you” Philippians 1:3