Tuesday, November 22, 2011

So Much To Be Thankful For

Thankfulness is taught throughout the Bible.

The Bible teaches us to live a different lifestyle than the rest of the world. A lifestyle of thankfulness for all that God has done for us and an appreciation for those around us and for their generosity to us.

Most of us have the easy life and we don't have to look too far to find a truckload of things to be thankful for. We take so much for granted, look at the conditions outside of your comfort zone and see what its like in the world for somebody else.

The Bible has a lot to show us about thanks, here is a list compiled by Bible Study Planet:

Who Should Give Thanks:

- Believers: Ps 105:1; Col 3:15
- Angels: Re 4:9; 7:11,12; 11:16,17

Who Should We Give Thanks To:

- God and Christ: Ps 50:14/ 1Ti 1:12

How Should We Give Thanks:

- Through Christ: Ro 1:8; Col 3:17; Heb 13:15
- In the name of Christ: Eph 5:20

When Should We Give Thanks:

- Always: Eph 1:16; 5:20; 1Th 1:2
- Before receiving food: Joh 6:11; Act 27:35
- When we complete a task: Ne 12:31,40
- When interceding for others: 1Ti 2:1/ Phm 1:4
- When we pray: Ne 11:17; Col 4:2
- When we praise God: Ps 92:1; Heb 13:15

What We Should Give Thanks For:

- Everything: 1Th 5:18
- God’s holiness: Ps 30:4; 97:12
- God's goodness and mercy: Ps 106:1; 107:1
- For the gift of Christ: 2Co 9:15
- For Christ’s power and reign: Re 11:17
- For the working of the word of God: 1Th 2:13
- For victory over sin, through Christ: Ro 7:23-25
- For victory over death and the grave: 1Co 15:57
- For wisdom and might: Da 2:23
- For the triumph of the gospel: 2Co 2:14
- For our conversion: Ro 6:17
- For the faith of others: Ro 1:8; 2Th 1:3
- For other believers: 1Co 1:4; Php 1:3-5; Col 1:3-6
- For the nearness of God: Ps 75:1
- For appointment to spiritual service: 1Ti 1:12
- For all things: 2Co 9:11; Eph 5:20

Where We Should Give Thanks:

- In private worship: Da 6:10
- In public worship: Ps 35:18
Lord help me to always be grateful for all of your blessings and help me to be generous to others in need.