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Lesson: Be Thankful


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SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 17:11-19

GOLDEN TEXT: 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

The United States of America has been blessed with unmeasurable blessings from sea to shining sea. We have been blessed as an industrial giant and have tremendous agricultural produce and reserves with rain in due season with abundant harvests. We have an abundance of mineral wealth including coal, aluminum, nickel, zinc, copper, lead, tin, bauxite and other precious metal outputs. We have the greatest economy in the world and the best health and medical services of hospitals, doctors and nurses. We have the best military in the world, and also the best educational facilities and opportunities in the world.

Where did we get all of this vast wealth, resources and blessings? Letís let President Abraham Lincoln answer: In Abraham Lincolnís proclamation of April 30, 1863, for a nationwide day of fasting and prayer, he said: "It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God ... and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.... We have been the recipients of the choicest blessings of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation ever has grown; but we have forgotten God! We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own."

Abraham Lincoln recognized that our blessings came from God. We all want God to bless America and we want Him to bless us too!

1. Where does every good and perfect gift come from? (James 1:17).

Note: Everything we have comes from God: Our health, our job, the good life. How quick something could happen to take it all away.

2. Are we commanded to give Thanks to God? (Psalms 106:1, 50:14-15.) What will God do for us in our day of trouble? And what shall we then do?

3. Did the apostle Paul tell us in the New Testament to give thanks? ( 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, Ephesians 5:1-4, 19-20.)

4. What did the apostle Paul tell us that the fruit of our lips should be? (Hebrews 13:15.)

5. Did Jesus set us an example in giving thanks? (Matthew 14:17-20). How many people did he feed? How many baskets full of fragments remained?

Note: One example of Jesus giving thanks was before a meal where He fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. Notice that Jesus blessed the fish and the bread. To "bless" is "to speak well of, i.e. (religiously) to bless (thank or invoke a benediction upon, prosper):--bless, praise".

6. Did Jesus do a remarkable healing of ten men who were lepers? (Luke 17:11-19). How many of the ten men said Thank You?

Note: Did you notice that only one of the ten men who were healed thanked Jesus for his healing? This man was grateful and said "thank you"

7. Will people be thankful in the last days? (2 Timothy 3:1-4.)

Note: Letís notice that in the last days that men will be very selfish and unthankful. Notice that men will be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

8. When people have it good and are prosperous do they tend to loose sight of the fact that it was God who blessed them? Letís look at a warning from God: "For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, {13} and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, {14} that is the time to be careful. Do not become proud at that time and forget the LORD your God." (Deut. 8:12-14 NLT)

When people become proud do they have a tendency to forget God? Do they not want to listen to God?

God says in Jeremiah 22:21 (NKJV): "I spoke to you in your prosperity, But you said, 'I will not hear.' This has been your manner from your youth, That you did not obey My voice."

When people forget God, God will forget them. Notice this frightful warning in Hosea 4:6 (NKJV): "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children."

Notice that this warning to Godís priests is also a warning to Godís people. The warning says: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge". Why? "Because they have rejected knowledge". What kind of knowledge? The knowledge that God is talking about is knowledge about Him, His truth and His law.

9. We in America have been blessed abundantly. Deuteronomy 28 is the blessings and cursing chapter. As you read through this chapter, think about the abundant blessings that we have in the United States.

Are we to carefully observe Godís Ten Commandments? (Verse 1.) Will God set us above other nations if we do observe His Commandments? Will we receive many blessings? (Verse 2.) Where and how will we be blessed? (Verses 3-6.) Will God protect us from our enemies? (Verse 7.) Will God bless our storehouses and our land? (Verse 8.) Will we be established as a holy people to God? (Verse 9.) What do we have to do to attain these blessings?

Note: Did you notice that these blessings are conditional upon the people keeping Godís Ten Commandments and walking in His ways? Read the rest of the chapter to see what kind of curses are involved if we disobey God.

In Conclusion:.

Is it part of your character to say "Thank You" when you receive a gift or for some kindness shown to you.?

It takes time to be thankful. It takes time to pray to God and say thanks.

Philippians 4:6:"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."

Give Thanks to God and Be Thankful.



Scriptures


Scripture Reading:  Malachi 3:8-11  

(Luke 17:11-19 NKJV). "Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. {12} Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. {13} And they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" {14} So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. {15} And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, {16} and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. {17} So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? {18} "Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" {19} And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well"


Golden Text:  1 Thessalonians 5:17-18: "Pray without ceasing, {18} in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."


1. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning" (James 1:17 NKJV).

2. Psalms 106:1 "Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever".

Psalms 50:14-15, "Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High." {15} Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me"

3. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, The apostle Paul said: "Pray without ceasing, {18} in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you"

Ephesians 5:1-4 "Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. {2} And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. {3} But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; {4} neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks"

Ephesians 5:19-20: "speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, {20} giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ".

4. Hebrews 13:15 "Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name"

5. (Matthew 14:17-20) " And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish." {18} He said, "Bring them here to Me." {19} Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. {20} So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained"

6. (Luke 17:11-19 NKJV) "Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. {12} Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. {13} And they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" {14} So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. {15} And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, {16} and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. {17} So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? {18} "Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" {19} And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well"".

7. (2 Tim 3:1-4 NKJV) "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: {2} For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, {3} unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, {4} traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God"

 




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