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Giving Thanks


In the first verse of the fifth chapter of Thessalonians Paul tells us, “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.” He then instructs us that we are to protect ourselves with the Word of God.

Starting in verse eleven Paul tells us how we should conduct ourselves toward the other members of the Body of Christ, whether members of our own local church or other local churches. These actions will set us apart from the actions of other people who are not walking in the light whether they call themselves Christians or not. The manner of life of others are listed several places in the Bible such as Romans chapter 1 and II Timothy chapter 3. Standing out starkly as a manner of life in these times is unthankfulness. Unthankfulness has been a characteristic of the self-sufficient world all along. It was evident before the flood, and at Sodom and Gomorrah. It is one of the prominent factors of any Godless society, but if you read the first chapter of the book of Romans and the Third chapter of II Timothy, they seem to be prophecies of the prevailing characteristics of our society in North America today.

We see that very clearly shown by the unruly riotous actions of those who, “neither were thankful.”

God clearly commands right in the middle of these commands for the last days 1Thessalonians 5:18. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” True Holy thankfulness will set His children apart from the ungodly in these last days

Probably one of the earliest things you were taught by your parents was to say, “Thank you.” when you were given a treat of a gift, so we have made it a habit to be thankful for the good stuff that comes our way. But if we are truly thankful we need to give thanks for more than just turkey and taters! God expects us to be thankful for the things we don’t like as well. God’s Word repeatedly says.” Giving thanks always for all things… in everything… Always! That can only be done by God. Actually in Ephesians 5:20 it is the second evidence that a Christian is filled with the Holy Spirit.

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