Be Thankful. RCCG Sunday School Manual.
Memory Verse: ” Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms”- Psalms 95:2
Bible Passage: Psalms 100:1-5
Psa 100:1 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Psa 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Psa 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Psa 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name.
Psa 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth to all generations.
To be thankful literally means to be full of thanks or appreciation. It is an expression of gratitude to someone. Thankfulness in this context is an act of thanksgiving or a show of gratitude to God. Though some people are ungrateful for various reasons, we must not be ingrates because of its attendant dangers.
- Reasons and Benefits OF Thanksgiving
- Dangers of Ingratitude
Reasons and benefits of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a command (1 Chronicles 16:8). The request of a believer should start and end with thanksgiving (Phil.4:6). We thank God for victories over battles of life (Jonah 2:9). It is important to thank God for his mercy and divine provisions (Psalms 68:19, Micha 7:18-20). Thanksgiving is offered to God for his miracles and restoration of hope (1 Samuel 2:1-5; Psalms 126:1-2). The primary reason God created us in his image is for fellowship, thanksgiving, praise and a joyful heart (Is. 43:21).
If you will cultivate the habit of showing gratitude to God, you will compel overflowing blessings from Him. These blessings include answered prayers (John 11: 41-44); abundant provision (Mark 6:6-8); deliverance from bondage (Acts 16: 25-26). Thankful people are peaceful and joyful. (Phil.4:6-7). They enjoy divine presence (Psalms 22:3; 95:2), complete restoration, wholeness (Luke 17:16-19) and victory without a fight (2 Chronicles 20:21-23).
Dangers of Ingratitude
Ingratitude is the result of vain imagination and a darkened heart. SOmetimes your thanksgiving is senseless to the ordinary person but it is more profitable to be thankful than to grumble or complain (Romans 1:12; Prov. 15:8). There are several reasons people are ungrateful to God. Sin or spiritual blindness (Eph. 4:17-18). Refusal to take account of what God has done (Romans 1:21). Pride (Acts 12: 21-23).
Every act of ingratitude come with his attendant danger. Risk of losing the existing blessing, salvation and heaven (Mattew 25:24, 25:30). Limiting one’s blessings or unanswered prayers (Luke 17:12), 16:19). it could result in emptiness and sorrow(Prov. 15:13, 17:22) thereby, making restoration practically difficult.
Showing gratitude to God ensures continuous divine presence and fellowship.
- Mention some of the reasons for thanksgiving.
- Why is ingratitude dangerous?
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