Thanksgiving Attitude, The Winning Attitude!

(Ome: Hey Beloveds!

I’m here with the verses and what I caught from Pastor’s sermon last week.

I find that one common theme this sermon by Pastor Lawrence and the previous week’s sermon by Pastor Prince has in common is faith. When God opened my eyes to see how the two sermons link, I was amazed, how thanksgiving is not something we do to earn a blessing, but an act of faith, of saying “I already have it!” What do you do when you see God’s supply? You give thanks. Jesus saw God’s supply and He gave thanks, and out came the miracle of the loaves and the fishes and fed thousands, out came the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Beloveds, God’s heart is for us to walk by faith, and when you walk by faith, it’s not a strife. It is simply seeing what is already real, just not invisible. When you see that, thanksgiving is just a normal response! Beloveds, you are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ. When you see that, it’s effortless to give thanks!

As we approach the end of 2011, let’s step into the week in thanksgiving, thanking God for Jesus and the cross and all the blessings that are ours via the cross, and thanking Him for the manifested blessings in our lives. And I believe that when we choose to be in faith and give thanks, we will see the blessings which are already real in our lives, become visible in 2012! Have a blessed holiday week!)

18 December Sunday Service

Preached by Pastor Lawrence

2nd Service

Verses from the sermon:

John 10:10

10The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 10:10 (AMP)

10The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

1 Thessalonians 5:18

18in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Psalm 107:1

1Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

John 6:1-11

1After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. 3And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. 4Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. 5Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” 6But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. 7Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” 8One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” 10Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.

John 11:39-44

39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” 40Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

Luke 17:11-19

11Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. 15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

John 6:23

23however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks–

Key take-home points:

  • The biggest blessing that we can thank God for is Jesus. Even if you feel that there is nothing good in life, thank God for Jesus and all that He has done at the cross. In fact, this ought to be the most important thanksgiving. Jesus is the reason that you are blessed, that you are bound to get the good you don’t deserve, and not get the bad that you deserve. All other blessings are lesser, and are founded upon Jesus and His finished work. Beloveds, circumstances are shakeable. They change. Sometimes they go downward for a time, but when you are conscious of Jesus and all He has done and give thanks for Him, you will see your life’s circumstances turn around to align with Jesus and all He has done at the cross!
  • Thanksgiving is powerful. Thanksgiving can raise the dead! Jesus gave thanks for the five loaves and the two fishes, and the loaves and the fishes multiplied and fed five thousand men (not even counting women and children) with twelve basketful of leftovers. Jesus gave thanks in the face of dead Lazarus, and Lazarus came back to life. Thanksgiving is powerful. Even in the face of dire situation, see God’s supply released at your request and give thanks, and see your miracles manifest!
  • When you ask God for something, believe that you have received it. “But I don’t see it!” That is human natural thinking. “It’s not real unless I see it” is the world’s way of thinking. However, today, as believers we walk by faith and not by sight. Faith says, the moment I ask for it, I have it. It’s real, just that it’s not visible. You see, we don’t give thanks to try to get something. We give thanks because we already have it. We give thanks because what we ask God for is already real in our lives, even if it’s not visible. When you give thanks, you are saying that you believe it is already real, and in a matter of time, you will see what you believe and give thanks for!