Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"Why Be Thankful?"

“Why Be Thankful?”


Everyone was going to be punished because Adam sinned.  But because of the good thing that Christ has done, God accepts us and gives us the gift of life.  Adam disobeyed God and caused many others to be sinners.  But Jesus obeyed Him and will make many people acceptable to God.               Romans 5:18-19


Tomorrow, we will gather together to gorge ourselves on a HUGE meal and to visit with each other.  Some will make it a day to strategize their plans for the biggest shopping day of the year, better known as “Black Friday.”  Some will even do shopping tomorrow.  Whatever the motive, they will still call it “Thanksgiving.”  But my questions are; “just how much THANKS will they be giving, who will they be THANKING, and what will they be THANKFUL for?”


Many will not even bow a head, much less offer a prayer of being THANKFUL.  Some will offer up a prayer of sorts, to a being that they know little to NOTHING about, but they will do it, because someone, somewhere in their past did it and it became a tradition passed down from generation to generation, but there is little, if any personal relationship with this being, known as “God.”


I have heard this ‘special’ day called “turkey-day.”  So maybe they are THANKFUL to Tom Turkey for giving his life for their meal.  Well, that truly is NOT what this day is all about.  When we read the Scripture in Romans, chapter five, verses eighteen through nineteen, we get a REAL clear view as to what we SHOULD be THANKFUL for.


We ALL were condemned when Adam and Eve committed the first sin.   But Adam’s DISOBEDIENCE was overshadowed by the OBEDIENCE of Jesus Christ.  And because of His OBEDIENCE, we have been given, by God, the gift of LIFE.  Because of Adam’s DISOBEDIENCE sin entered this world and crept into the heart of mankind.  But because of Jesus’ OBEDIENCE, we have the opportunity to become righteous and acceptable to the Almighty God, and to receive an inheritance of ETERNAL LIFE, with God and His Son Jesus, in HEAVEN.   Therefore, we REALLY have SOMETHING to be VERY THANKFUL for. 


If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you cannot receive nor be THANKFUL for LIFE, who would you offer your THANKS to?  God is the ONLY one, who can give you ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.  If you think that you can get there because of your personality or your family lineage, you are WRONG.  You cannot get there, even if you belong to a church.  You must come through JESUS, in order to receive LIFE.  And you do that by:  CONFESSING your sins to God and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and be TRULY THANKFUL for the OBEDIENCE of Jesus Christ and God’s MARVELOUS gift of grace.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!






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