“Causes for Giving Thanks”
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the Redeemed of the LORD say so. Let them thank the LORD for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of man! For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things. Psalm 107:1,2a, 8, 9
This Psalm is a CALL to GIVE THANKS, it is addressed to the REDEEMED of the Lord God Almighty, and the GIVING of THANKS, is to be directed to Him. It is because of His MERCY, which is Him NOT GIVING us what we deserve, but instead, through His Hand of MERCY, He GIVES us His AMAZING GRACE, which is our RECEIVING what we DO NOT deserve, His STEADFAST, UNFAILING, EVERLASTING LOVE, which was brought about through the SACRIFICIAL WORK of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, on the Cross of Calvary. And the RESURRECTION and ASCENSION of CHRIST was the HOPE of MANKIND for ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.
Therefore, let us see some of the CAUSES for GIVING THANKS. First: DELIVERANCE: Because of God’s LOVE for mankind, we CAN BE DELIVERED from the DARK, WORLDLY, WICKED lifestyle of SIN, and brought into the GLORIOUS LIGHT of the LOVING LORD. Jesus proclaims: “I have come into the world as LIGHT, so that whoever believes in Me may NOT remain in darkness.” (John 12:46)
Second cause: FREEDOM: For FREEDOM Christ has set us FREE; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1) Jesus Christ came to SET FREE ALL who were, are and will be in BONDAGE or SLAVERY to a SINFUL NATURE. He suffered and died to set ALL of MANKIND FREE from their SINS and from an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPING. All they have to do is ACCEPT God’s terms for SALVATION.
Third cause: RESTORATION: Because of Jesus’ DEATH, RESURRECTION, and ASCENSION, mankind’s relationship with God can be RESTORED. Because of Adam’s DISOBEDIENCE, mankind is born with a sinful nature, and is at enmity with God. So God sent His Son to be a SACRIFICE for MANKIND. And for them to be able to receive SALVATION, and to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God.
Fourth cause: POWER: God has the POWER to SAVE, KEEP and PROVIDE for those who are WILLING TO TURN AWAY FROM their sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO HIM, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. CONFESSING their SINS to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS. BELIEVING, with ALL their HEART that, Jesus died for them, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God. Then they MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and receive DELIVERANCE, FREEDOM, RESTORATION, and an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS. So do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!