Spirit of Thanksgiving
“Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quite moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.”
Pastor Rick Warren
“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.”
Ephesians 1:3 (NIV)
1. THANKSGIVING IS THE SPIRITUAL BOND THAT HOLDS RELATIONSHIPS TOGTHER!
“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and
your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for
you, remembering you in my prayers.”
Ephesians 1:15-16 (NIV)
“Dear brothers and sisters, we can’t help but thank God for you, because
your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing.”
2 Thessalonians 1:3 (NLT)
2. REPENTANCE PAVES THE WAY FOR THANKSGIVING!
“A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating
at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of
perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his
feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and
poured perfume on them.”
Luke 7:37-38 (NVI)
3. THANKSGIVING IS THE GOLDEN TICKET TO ENTER HIS PRESENCE!
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to
him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;..”
Psalms 100:4-5 (NIV)
“Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.”
Psalms 95:2 (NLT)
Victory Group Questions:
What are you thankful for this season?
What current relationships in your life are you thankful for? Why are they important to you?
Repentance is an amazing blessing for which we should give thanksgiving to God. How does having a repentant heart allow you to express thanksgiving?
God is the source of all blessings. What practical ways can you share your thankfulness in which God receives the glory?