Well Placed Thanks

One of the major shortcomings of this generation is ingratitude or un-thankfulness. It follows close on the heels of our society today with it’s love for money and prosperity, for things of this world. It’s a growing failing of the people of this era and is causing the Almighty God to turn away from many a soul, not so much in anger, but in sorrow.

In (2 Timothy 3:1-6) the Apostle Paul identifies the people living in the last days, the days that we are currently living in:

2 Timothy 3:1 says – This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Notice that Paul equates unthankfulness with being unholy…. And that the Lord is ready to turn away from people who practice such things.

Notice too verse 7…. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Are we becoming, or have we already arrived at being part of those… ever learning, but never actually acknowledging the truth? How many of us sit in church Sunday after Sunday, learning and receiving the Truth, but never coming to the real knowledge of the truth. Meaning demonstrating our growth by the application of what we learn in our lives. So seldom do we actually apply what we learn in church, in our lives…Have we become sermon proof? Sermon proof Christians…

One may ask what exactly have you done for Christ today? Do you truly love Him or do you attend church and do other work that appears to be godly acts to please your wife, your parents, someone else or even yourself? ….. Remember God knows your heart, and if your heart is not right, you will never come to the real knowledge of the Truth.

And what exactly is this knowledge of the Truth?

1 Timothy 2:1-6 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

And this is confirmed in 2 Timothy 2:24–26 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.  And the servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome; but be kind and gentle unto all men, able to teach, patient when wronged,  In gentleness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God perhaps will give them repentance …leading to the knowledge of the truth;  And that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him….at his will.

Notice that acknowledging the Truth involves repentance. Now, repentance is not forgiveness, or just simply saying I’m sorry as so many people think – repentance is… having true guilt and remorse before a Holy God, confessing your sin and turning away from it, leaving it behind….The truth is…….. Jesus Christ is real…. He is our Saviour…. He died for our sins.

The truth is… that if you don’t belong to Jesus Christ, then you belong to the devil. There is no in between. Without Jesus, being a good and kind person means absolutely nothing in the eyes of our Almighty God.

The truth is…. that in Jesus and in Jesus Christ only, can we be saved and escape the prison of the devil.

And this can only happen …. IF we repent. Jesus said in Luke 13 that unless we repent, we will perish, we will never see the Kingdom of Heaven.  Today on this Thanksgiving I pray that we can truly acknowledge this Truth and apply it in our lives. The Apostle Paul says that being unthankful is as bad as being a blasphemer… or just plain unholy…. He also says that being disobedient to your parents is equally as bad.

Now, the Bible commands us to “Give thanks unto the Lord.” It says it over and over. In fact, the Bible mentions Give thanks unto the Lord at least 68 times! And it mentions thanks and thanksgiving another 100 times! You enter into the Lord’s presence, with thanksgiving and praise.

And yet, how is it that when the Bible says something just twice, we are ready to build an entire doctrine on it. But when it says something 68 times or even 100 times, like “Give thanks unto the Lord” – we often choose to ignore it, we are still so ungrateful.

Isn’t it amazing, how quickly we forget about the Lord and what he’s done for us in our lives? Think back in your life, to a time and place where you were almost down and out, completely bankrupt. Not financially bankrupt, but spiritually bankrupt. How quickly we forget the Lord’s mercy in our lives…..

Looking back, before we were born again, we were worthless, buried in sin, on our way to hell. But through the Lord’s perfect grace and mercy… many of us were born again… and just take a long look at yourself now – each one of us more valuable than all the gold and money on this earth put together – as children of God, we are more valuable than any human can even contemplate! There is no more valuable a possession than that! The possession of the knowledge of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God’s Peace

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