Doctrine 2: We should give thanks for what we have received. “We should not be always, craving, always complaining; there should be a mixture of thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:6.
A. “There is a time for all things, for confessing sin, for begging mercy, for thankful acknowledgements” “As no condition is so bad but a good man can find reason of praising God”. James 5:13, Psalms 50:15
B. “Self love will put us upon prayer, but love of God upon praise and thanksgiving”
C. “It is for the glory and honour of God that his servants should speak good of his name. When they are always complaining, they bring an ill report upon the ways of God, like the spies that went to view the promised land; but it a great invitation to others when we can tell them how good God hath been to us” Psalms 34:8
D. It is for our profit, “We do no more thrive in victory, over corruption, or the increase of divers graces, because we do no more give thanks.”
E. It prevents many sins.
1. Hardness of heart
2. Murmuring, fretting, quarelling
Use: This must urge us to be thankful in fact.
To remedy this:
A. Be thankful to God for everything we enjoy. Hosea 2:8, Isaiah 1:3
B. When we are thankful, let us be particular for each thing: not merely thankful for a generic “all” Psalms 139:17
C. Trace benefits to their fountain: God. Psalms 138:2, Hosea 13:11, Isaiah 38:17
D. When you think of what you actually possess, you will see that many would be thankful for your condition. John 14:22
E. Consider your own unworthiness to have actually received anything from God. Genesis 32:10, 2 Samuel 7:18
Doctrine 3: Thankfulness must acknowledge that good comes according to God’s promise, “according to your word“. Joshua 23:14, 1 Kings 8:56
This will bring great benefit:
A. To us:
1. It will confirm our faith
2. Seeing something which comes by way of promise, will increase its sweetness
B. To others, “you will invite, encourage, and strengthen them in believing.”
Use: “Let us look to the accomplishment of these promises, and trust God the more for the future.” Hebrews 11:13, Romans 18:21, Psalms 116:11, Psalms 31:22.