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GIVING THANKS UNTO THE LORD!

PSALM 92:1-4

"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1st Thessalonians 5:18

 

 A Preacher in his Study

 

 

 

 

 

LESSON 1:

Recently the Lord has directed my studies toward the Bible theme of thanksgiving!

Naturally I looked for a Text, a Passage of Scripture that highlights such a grand thing.

Here it is: "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands." Psalm 92:1-4

Those opening words are powerful! "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord."

The adjective "good" is spelled "tob" in Hebrew. It means beneficial, pleasant, favorable, happy, right and even well!

God views the thanks of His people positively!

That's why He  largely dedicates one whole Book of the Bible, Psalms, to the subject of thanksgiving!

The word "thanks" is found twenty-three times is Psalms alone! Add then eight more times when  the compound "thanksgiving" is included!

The verb "to give thanks" is picturesque also. "Yadah" literally means "to throw, cast or hurl" something! It is as if when we give thanks to God we are taking our words, more so our very hearts, and reverently lifting them heavenward, praising God's dear Name! Honoring Him with thanks!

That thought might give "lifting holy hands" fresh meaning too!

One source suggests that "giving thanks" grammatically implies throwing a stone or rock or arrow ... toward the enemy! Indeed, praise fights the devil powerfully!

But to Whom do we give such thanks?

The Lord!

Spelled only with four consonants, something like "yhvh," we are here handling the root of God's very Name Jehovah! We of course immediately need to be reminded of Divine Redemption and Love, so graciously exhibited to the sinful Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, by Jehovah, the LORD God of all!

Jehovah saves!

The Jehovah of the Old Testament is the Jesus of the New Testament!

And there friends is the basis of our thanksgiving, he saving Grace of God!

Do something good today!

Spend your time in gratitude!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Oh, yes! It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord! Then my mind kept asking me, "What other activities does the Bible label as "good things?"

Here's the list!

Paul in Hebrews 13:9 says, "It is a good thing that the heart be established with grace." Let's be "grace" people! Amazing Grace! Some day Jesus will be worshiped like this: "He shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it." That Headstone Zechariah 4:7 just mentioned is a picture of Jesus! In the future we shall all fall before our Lord, shouting "Grace, Grace" unto the Lamb that was slain ... but is now alive for evermore!

Here's another good thing! "Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD." Proverbs 18:22 says so. Have you told your wife yet today what "a good thing" she is? What multitude of blessings she brings into your life? Here's what a godly wife is worth, "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." Proverbs 31:10

Then Paul suggests that once we have discovered God's "good things," we are to get busy doing them! "But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you." Galatians 4:18 uses a verb, "be zealously affected," that is dramatic! "Zeloo" literally means "to be hot, to boil, to burn within!" Fervently we are to praise God, vigorously love and serve our wives, and enthusiastically major on God's good Grace! Give such activities all your effort!

Amazing!

 

 

LESSON 2:

A study of what the Bible says about thanksgiving need not wait until November!

Every day should be filled with appreciation and gratefulness! It's amazing but the Apostle Paul, even with all his suffering, said this: "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1st Thessalonians 5:18

The Text God laid on my heart, still about giving thanks, is the first paragraph of Psalm 92. Here's verse one: "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High."

Notice how the Holy Spirit places side by side the giving of thanks ... and the singing of praises! Both of which are directed straight unto the Lord God!

There must here be linkage, some association between these two heart-felt activities.

Scripturally speaking, I believe the one, thanksgiving, always leads to the other, songs of praise!

The first is primarily thought of as being verbal, just speech. The second of course is musical.

The giving of thanks, just like so much else in the Christian life, cannot abide alone! It will not remain static! Or dormant! It seeks friendship, companionship ... among the other Christian graces!

Note ... it appears that thanks and praise are cousins!

Speaking of God's many benefits and singing of His Glory are nearly twins!

The verb used for "sing praises" has a real word history. "Zamar" initially means "to play a musical instrument." Well, here's it background. At first a farmer's term, "zamar" suggested "trimming vines," likely grape vines! Then it came to mean "plucking something with one's fingers!" Next, "to touch the strings" of a musical instrument! Then, subsequently, voice and singing were added by implication!

"Zamar" here is in Hebrew a piel infinitive. That means the action is on-gong, constant and durative! Plus this, it is dramatic vigorous singing!

The Psalmist is excited, praising God with thanksgiving!

The noun "name" is spelled "shem." Just like the name of Noah's first son Shem, see Genesis 6:10. In the Old Testament, as well as the New, one's name was an indicator is his or her character. To sing unto the Lord's great NAME is to glorify His very Essence, all He is! Everything Scripture tells us about Him!

Then, as if He heard our deliberations, the Holy Spirit gives us one of those great Names! God is "most High!" Spelled "Elyon," the noun means something like this: "uppermost!" Lofty! Elevated! Supreme! It is derived from the verb "alah," meaning "to ascend, to arise!"

Good Name!

Here's the first time we hear of Elyon. "And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, Possessor of heaven and earth: and blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand." Genesis 14:18-20

God "Most High" is the Possessor of heaven and earth!

God "Most High" is the Recipient of blessing and honor!

And God "Most High" is the Deliverer of His people!

I'll guarantee you this today. If you will genuinely, from your heart, thank God for a few things ... your heart soon will be thinking or even quietly humming a few words of some song you know, a hymn of praise to Almighty God! And, especially if you're alone, watch out! You just might break out into boisterous song!

The two just go together!

One leads to the other, thankfulness yields praise!

Oh, yes, a proof Text!

Psalm 100 is all we need!

"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 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. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name."

See it?

Enter with thanksgiving!

Continue with praise!

All the while singing!

Try it!

                                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3:

It's on my heart to study about thankfulness.

The Lord reminded me of Psalm 92, the first four verses of which talk about gratefulness and its by-products.

"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands." Psalm 92:1-4

These verses imply that our giving of thanks to the Lord will glorify His Name! Beautify Him! Uplift Him! To be more precise, "show forth His lovingkindness in the morning, and His faithfulness every night!"

How so?

Because a true spirit of thankfulness decentralizes mankind and magnifies the Lord!

Thankfulness demands the same kind of spirit John the Baptist had when he said of Jesus, "He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:30

We really must thank God for everything! Nothing is ours on our own! Except personal sin that is! Paul correctly asked, "What hast thou that thou didst not receive?" In other words, "Name something you own that God did not give you!" 1st Corinthians 4:7

And when we acknowledge our insufficiency and thank Him for His gracious Provision, we indeed "show His Kindness and Faithfulness!"

The psalmist has it right!

Lord, we thankfully want ... "To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night." That's the entire second verse of Psalm ninety-two.

The verb "shew forth" is spelled "nagad" in Hebrew. It means, just as one would think, "to tell or declare or announce or report." But also it carries this idea, "to expound!" To elaborate on a theme! To give exposition! To explain!

The noun "lovingkindness" is old old friend "hesed." It means originally "to bow down" or "to stoop down" to someone else's level! It's what God did when Jesus came to earth to die for you and me! Condescension! Heaven came to sin-cursed earth! The Virgin Birth! The Incarnation! That's just how loving God is! The real definition of Love is learned at Golgotha! That's what John 3:16 is saying.

Psalm 92 today is saying that when I thank God for the many kind things He sends my way and when I express gratefulness for His daily benefits ... I am revealing His nature! Unveiling His lovingkindness! Praising His character!

Then comes God's "faithfulness!" In Hebrew "emunah" means fidelity or firmness or stability or steadfastness or steadiness! That which is established! Trustworthy! It's constructed on a root word that means "to build, to support, to foster" as does a parent or nursemaid! God is faithful, too!

Here's how faithful He is: "Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant." 1st Kings 8:56 ... God has done ALL He promised!

Each time I thankfully acknowledge God's good gifts in my life, the "handfuls on purpose" He drops into my path ... I am preaching a sermon!

I am expounding a life text!

I am illustrating God's great lovingkindness and faithfulness!

And this too must be added: God expects our thanks often!

Perennially, constantly, incessantly really!

Watch the capitalized words: "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night." Psalm 92:1-2, our Text again!

Give thanks every morning!

Give thanks every night!

In so doing, you indeed manifest God your heavenly Father, especially as being kind and faithful!

That word for "morning" is "boqer" and means "to break" something! Here, daybreak is in view! Thanking God when the sun rises!

And "night" is "layil," suggesting that something has been "folded back" out of the way! It has, daylight!

Some surprising benefits of thanking God!

Maybe sometime we should just have a thanksgiving meeting!

Of course we can do that driving to work any morning, can't we?

Thank you, Lord!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4:

It starts with thankfulness.

Soon it leads to humming a Gospel tune or sacred hymn or even the words of a Psalm.

It gets habitual, morning and night!

Then, perhaps metaphorically, musical instruments get involved.

And that's not all, not yet!

Another verse remains to be studied!

It starts small, but expands in a hurry!

What?

The giving of thanks!

Gratefulness!

Gratefulness unto the Lord!

The spirit of appreciation!

Here's how Psalm 92 words it, describing that gratitude set to song: "Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound." Psalm 92:3

Now every saint of God who is deeply grateful cannot literally play such instruments!

King David of Israel could. In fact, he invented several musical instruments according to Amos 6:5. That's the same David who said, "O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever." Psalm 30:12

But ... and I merely suggest these thoughts to you ... these instruments might be "types" or "symbols" of the people from whom God seeks praise.

For example, the Hebrew word for "psaltery" is spelled "nebel" and actually means a "skin-bag!" That's right, an old piece of leather sewn together to make a container for liquid, either water or milk or wine. It is thought that those old skin-bags were shaped like the harps of the Old Testament!

That's about as ordinary a meaning as you can find in all the Bible, a "skin-bag! But isn't that exactly whom the Lord wishes to praise Him, to thank Him for all His blessings, to worship Him in Spirit and Truth?

Common folks!

Regular Believers in Jesus!

Just a bunch of "skin-bags," ready to serve the Lord!

Then think with me about the word for "harps!" It's spelled "kinnor" and means "to twang!" That of course is what a harp does, only in tune and harmoniously blending with the other instruments.

Twangers!

Listen to me, every saint is not gifted musically! Not even all of us can sing very well!

Myself included!

Some laugh at the emphasis "make a joyful NOISE unto the Lord," but I appreciate that verse so much!

I'm not a singer, but a "twanger!"

But I'll tell you this. I'm going to "twang" for Jesus! I'm going to thank Him and praise Him and adore Him with all my heart ... on tune or not!

Just wait until I get to Heaven!

Then there are the "instruments of ten strings." The word is "asor" and it means "ten" or "tenth" or "one of ten others," that kind of idea. This definition has spiritual implications also.

No one string on that "ten stringed" guitar or banjo or whatever it might have been could have done very well, not by itself! Not much music there, not alone!

But, when combined with all the other strings, and when touched by trained skilled fingers, what beauty, what symphony flows gratefully upward unto the dear Lord!

I can't do it alone!

It takes us all ... working together ... as a unit to properly glorify His Name! I, lacking exceptional talent, can still go to Church, enter the choir loft and SING my heart out ... expressing gratefulness to Jesus for Who He is and all He's done in my life!

I, along with others, worshipping our great God!

That's the lesson of the "ten stringed" instrument for sure!

What do you think? These thoughts are solely based on the basic meanings of each of these three instruments. If you believe in verbal inspiration, then every word is significant, Holy Spirit selected for a precise reason!

Let us all offer thanks today!

Be grateful to Him Who saved you!

Thank Him for the big things and the little things and everything else as well!

Even if you're an old "skin-bag!"

Or a "twanger!"

Or just "one of many!"

The Father in Heaven desires to hear your sounds of gratefulness too!

Thank you, Lord!

                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 5:

The Holy Spirit, in Psalm 92:1-4, develops the theme of "thankfulness." As we follow His footsteps, some exciting turns are taken!

For example, while it's logical to hear that "thankfulness" leads to "singing praises" unto God ... it is not so logical to hear that it leads to "victory" in our Christian lives! Yet that's exactly where we're headed!

But verse four of our Text also opens with a pleasant stopover! "For thou, LORD, hast made me glad." Psalm 92:4

It's a fact that self-centered people are not often happy. At least not happy for long! But when a man or woman begins to be grateful for things others have given them, most especially God, egocentricity begins to wane! And anyone knows that a life spend in service to others ... or to the dear Lord, is always a fulfilled life, if controlled by the Holy Spirit.

Jehovah God being addressed, spelled in Hebrew "yehovah," reveals to us that the Psalmist, of course, is a Believer! He is in covenant relationship with the eternal God, by means of blood sacrifice. This fact is even more strongly seen in the lives of us New Testament Christians. Since Calvary, Jesus' Death and Burial and Resurrection, His Blood having been shed ... we are indeed saved by God's good Grace! He's our Father, our Lord, our Protector, our Defender, our Saviour, our soon coming King! "Yehovah" also means the God Who "is!" Eternal! Always Present!

The verb "hast made glad" is "samach" in Hebrew. It, at its heart, apparently means "to brighten up." To be filled with glee! Joyful! Even merry! Cheerful! Its piel stem here reveals the intensity and dynamic force that usually accompanies such emotion.

Yes, this is clear today for sure.

Gratefulness yields gladness!

"For thou, LORD, hast made me glad."

But, how?

What mechanism does God use to convert my thankfulness into gladness?

The rest of today's clause: "For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work." Psalm 92:4

"Through God's work!"

Now it's certain that we are to be thankful for God's great world-wide actions! He created the universe! "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made," says John 1:3. He forgave Adam and Eve! He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins! He answers prayer! He gave us His Word, the Bible! All these "works" of God should incite thankfulness in our hearts! Thankfulness that morphs into gladness!

But perhaps even more so ... God has done some mighty works on our behalf, personally and specifically and individually!

He saved us!

He filled us with His Holy Spirit!

He protects us!

He meets each need!

He is faithful!

How thankful ... and glad ... that should leave us! Just thinking about such things produces wellsprings of appreciation and gladness!

The noun for "work" here is "poal" and is relatively rare in the Old Testament, only appearing some 38 times. Its verbal root means "to do" or "to make," but in this sense; repeatedly doing something! To practice it! Even to ordain it!

Think today of the things God does for you regularly!

Make a list!

As you do, the Holy Spirit will produce gratefulness deep in your soul! Your spirit will rejoice! Your very being will sense a gladness that is nearly indescribable! Simon Peter knows! "Joy unspeakable and full of Glory" he calls it in 1st Peter 1:8.

What has God done for you lately?

Have you properly thanked Him yet?

"Lord, help us to develop a lifestyle of gratefulness!"

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 6:

I last week read the words of a psychologist. He said that either optimists tend to be more grateful ... or that gratefulness leads to optimism, looking on the bright side of life!

He leaned toward the latter of those two premises.

He actually believes that, even clinically, if a person can teach himself or herself to be more thankful, many benefits, both physical and psychological, will occur!

The Bible says that too!

Here's the last benefit of thankfulness found in our short Text, Psalm 92:1-4. Namely, "I will triumph in the works of thy hands."

Now that's optimism!

To become grateful one must, absolutely must, take into consideration the things God has done for him or her!

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17

Then each "gift" we receive into our lives, including the air we breathe and the strength with which we walk, is one of God's mighty "works" on our behalf!

That's why Psalm 92:4 also says: "For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work."

Gratefulness concentrates on God's works!

In turn, these works cause us to "triumph" over issue after issue in our lives! Thankfully, victory is ours! After all, "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31

Yes, "I will triumph in the works of thy hands."

The verb "triumph" is a translation of "ranan." In the vast majority of its 52 appearances in Scripture, it means something like "sing, rejoice, shout, shout for joy and shout aloud!" Its root verb means "to creak!" To emit a grating sound! But the Holy Spirit sanctifies the word and it now means not only "to make a noise," but "to make a joyful noise!"

"Ranan" is here a piel imperfect verb too! Vigorous energetic action is thereby indicated! And it had not yet finished when the Psalmist laid down his pen either, ongoing joy and victory!

Here are two more times where "ranan" is both in the piel stem and imperfect in its sense of timing. "But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble." Psalm 59:17

And "Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice." Psalm 63:7

The noun "works" in our half-verse for today is spelled "maaseh." That's a different word than was used in the first half of the verse! Let me show you with sets of parenthesis. "For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work ("poal"): I will triumph in the works ("maaseh") of thy hands." Psalm 92:4

The first "work" or "poal" in Hebrew means "something done systematically or habitually", a "practice" in other words. The second "work," as we say "maaseh," means more generally "anything made or done," actually something like a "manufactured" product. Three times in the King James Text "masseh" has the idea of "artwork!" Something beautiful!

Many of the things God has done for you are absolutely poetic!

God's "hands" are symbolic of His mighty Power too! Spelled "yad" in Hebrew, the word also forms the root, the very stem, of their word for praise, "yadah!"

What God's mighty hands have done for us ... should immediately cause us to raise our frail hands in adoration to Him! "Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name." Psalm 63:3-4

What started as simple thankfulness, "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD," has now ended in victory, "I will triumph in the works of thy hands."

Glory to God!

Lord, make us more and more grateful!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Important: Do notice the spiritual "chain reaction" that occurs when one begins to give thanks unto the Lord! "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands." Immediately the giving of thanks blends into the singing of praises! Thanks become praise then glorifies God ... at two times, morning and evening, focusing on two aspects of His Character, lovingkindness and faithfulness! Thanksgiving is contagious also! Pictured by three kinds of instruments, all sorts of Believers express their gratitude harmoniously and congregationally! For example, psalteries are shaped like "skin-bags," symbolizing us ordinary people. And harps "twang," even being a bit off-tune occasionally! And "ten" strings simply demand cooperation and teamwork as we serve the dear Lord! One person can't do it all! Then those grateful hearts become glad hearts, reflecting on God's mighty Work! And appreciative people, singing people, worshipping people become eventually victorious people too!

Isn't there a verse somewhere that might "link" thanks and victory? Maybe so! Leave it to Paul for sure!  "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1st Corinthains 15:57

Be thankful every day!

More is happening than you think!

 

 

LESSON 7:

For several days we've been studying the great Bible theme of thankfulness. Our Text has been Psalm 92:1-4. By now someone is probably saying, "Enough, Preacher Bagwell!" How important can this one thing be?

More important than many realize!

I thought it would be interesting to notice the word "unthankful" in Scripture. That did not take much time! It only occurs twice!

In both situations the "unthankful" are grouped with some surprisingly vile people!

Look at Luke 6:35. Jesus is preaching. "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil." See the "unthankful" listed right beside the "evil" ones? And that word "evil" is "poneros" in Greek, a particularly active and spreading and malignant form of sin! Then, to our dear Lord anyway, ungratefulness must have been quite bad!

Then in a longer Passage, Paul tells us some of the traits of the "last days." These words are being fulfilled before our very eyes too! "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." 1st Timothy 3:1-5 obviously links "unthankfulness" to some pretty low-down activities!

It must be more dangerous that we at first realized!

But the real "clincher" is found in Romans 1:18-32. There the Holy Spirit leads Paul to record the downward "spiral" of sin!

Sin never stays static, or stationary. It's always worsening, sliding downhill fast! The New Testament puts it this way: "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse."

Sometimes the wages of sin, in addition to being "death," is more of that same sin, vast amounts more! Until a victim is addicted to the evil snare of wickedness.

This digression into the state of being "reprobate," practicing such things as once were unmentionable, begins rather innocently it appears!

Watch!

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."

Before reaching the lowest forms of perversion, did you see where lost hell-bound mankind became unthankful? I tried to carefully "mark" the words for you.

Paul, rather the Holy Spirit, is clearly telling us that little old "innocent" ungratefulness to God can contribute to all kinds of filth, ultimately leading to death! And that's not just physical death either! That's an eternity in Hell-fire!

Well, that is "enough" now!

Enough to cause some folks to want to be "thankful" for the rest of their lives!

Are you among them?

Not to be grateful can lead to some dangerous situations!

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

SEVEN LESSONS, AND MOST OF US STILL FELL THAT WE ARE JUST BEGINNING TO LEARN ABOUT GRATEFULNESS! "LORD, WE WANT TO BE THANKFUL IN OUR HEARTS."

 

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