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In this message, Pastor John Lindell helps us discover the power of entering God's presence with thanksgiving. Our prayer is that this sermon would encourage you to spend time thanking the Lord for all that He has done for you!
SeriesThe Prayer Meeting
Scripture ReferenceSelected Scriptures
The Power & Importance of Thanksgiving
Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
1. Thanksgiving is the means by which we enter God’s presence
Psalm 100:1 (NIV)
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
2. Thanksgiving builds our faith as we acknowledge His work in our life
1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NKJV)
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
3. Thanksgiving aligns me with God’s purpose for my life
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Romans 1:18 (NLT)
But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.
4. Thanksgiving sanctifies and purifies the things of life
1 Timothy 4:1 (NKJV)
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.