A. When you receive something beneficial to you, or a gesture that is intended to be kind, the appropriate response is to be thankful (Romans 16:3-4).
- God expects His followers to approach Him with thanksgiving (Psalms 100:1-5 and Ephesians 5:20).
- He has given us plenty to be thankful about (Psalms 136:1-9, Acts 14:17, I Corinthians 15:57, Philippians 1:3, etc.).
- By being thankful, we will be mindful of favors, grateful for something or someone (Acts 28:11-15).
- To truly be thankful you have to have a certain mindset. Paul is an example of that proper mindset (I Timothy 1:12-17).
II. Body: When They Knew God, They Glorified Him Not As God, Neither Were Thankful (Romans 1:18-32).
A. Things got too good for the Israel of old to the point where they ceased to be grateful and obedient (Deuteronomy 31:20; 32:13-19 and Nehemiah 9:24-27).
- Their mindset became wrong (Matthew 5:3-6).
- We are supposed to “have grace” [“to be thankful to one”; Thayer] in our service to God (Hebrews 12:28).
- Unthankfulness is a trait of our times (II Timothy 3:1-5).
- Understand that, we are NOT just talking outright about the obvious “people of the world” but those whom have a “form [appearance] of godliness” (Romans 2:17-24).
- We have to realize the times we live in and how that being a grateful person is the opposite of being a carnally minded, self-serving sinner (Ephesians 5:1-4).
- Peace of mind and contentment (Philippians 4:6-12).
- Grateful even in trying times (Daniel 6:1-10).
- Humility (Psalms 69:30-32).
- When you start being thankful [and giving thanks] for everything God has done and will do, things come into perspective (Psalms 40:5; 68:19).
III. Conclusion: Don’t be of the many whom are unthankful (Luke 17:11-19).
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