Don’t Forget… Give Thanks

This past Sunday, Rev. Osteen brought our attention to the importance of giving thanks to God.

Read Luke 17:11-19. If you don’t have a Bible with you, click the scripture reference to read online.

Pastor Bonnie reminded us how quick we are to take credit for the good things that come into our lives:

We forget where our blessings come from.
We forget to thank Him.
I write this on the eve of Thanksgiving. Thinking about this message, and the importance of thanks, some other verses come to mind.
God knows our bent toward forgetfulness. He warned the Israelites before entering the Promised Land about this exact issue.
“And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers,
to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you — with great and good cities
that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill,
and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—
and when you eat and are full, then take care lest you forget the Lord,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. …”
Deuteronomy 6:10-12 ESV
And Paul, to the Romans, warns of the darkness that overcomes when we forget to give thanks to Him.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God
or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking,
and their foolish hearts were darkened. 
Claiming to be wise, they became fools…
Romans 1:21-22 ESV
To be thank-less is dangerous business and skews our perception of reality.
So, beginning this Thanksgiving, make it a spiritual discipline to begin thanking God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — for all things.
Don’t forget… give thanks…
Give thanks in everything,
for this is God’s will for you
in Christ Jesus.
1Thessalonians 5:18 HCSB
Carol Weaver
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