21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified
him not as God, neither were THANKFUL;
In Romans Chapter 1, there are about 30 sins listed, and they all come from the same root. Can you think of what it is?
You probably would not guess--it is being unthankful.
During this Thanksgiving season, it is easy to see why America is weakening from the inside out. She has forgotten how to be thankful. She has forgotten that even in the most despicable things, we can find something to be thankful to God for. Missing this fact leads to a life of sin, and ultimately damnation. The road to damnation begins with an unthankful heart.
God's children can find a way to be thankful even in the darkest hour.
The Jews could be thankful that they were once slaves (perhaps longer than any other people). Their slavery began with being fed during a famine by Joseph, and ended by meeting God face to face in the wilderness, and then ultimately finding the Promised Land, and becoming the line of the Saviour of the world. People of color in the U.S. can be thankful for the slavery of their forefathers because it brought them to the one nation in the world with the greatest gospel influence of all, and to a knowledge of salvation through Jesus Christ. With this salvation came a greater freedom than could have been possible without the previous slavery, and with that freedom came the ability to achieve anything one could visualize in this world, and life everlasting in the next. Some of us do not know what it means to have been slaves, yet every man, woman, boy, and girl has faced slavery to the world, the flesh, and Satan, and Jesus has ransomed us, redeemed us, and set us free with His own life and His own blood. This is the highest form of liberty and deliverance!
Some have lost loved ones to physical death this year. All of us have suffered loss, but we can all think of the treasures we have if we are born again, and be thankful for them. We have an inheritance which the mind cannot fathom.
18 ...To comprehend with all saints what
is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
1 Peter 1:3-9
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see
him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
We can be thankful for this great inheritance!
The sins that arise from unthankful hearts is the very inner rot that will eventually destroy this nation, as it has every idolatrous nation in the past. Yet, we are placed here as a preservative, and we can slow down the decay.
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
It is our duty to be salty salt, otherwise we are good for nothing, and the nation falls around us. Perhaps one of the greatest ways to be salty, is to study the Word diligently to have answers for unruly men and women.
6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
I am thankful for my salvation, and thankful for an opportunity to speak the truth in a world that has never loved the truth, yet needs to hear it. The world is like a child, and the truth is like medicine--it never likes the taste, but the medicine is necessary.
Let us all focus on the things we are thankful for in a time when the news is full of things that can bring us anger, division and fear. Let us remember that race means nothing if we are brothers and sisters in Christ. For, "in Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile, male nor female"... white nor black nor brown nor yellow--only brothers and sisters saved and delivered from slavery! We are free men and women! May our hearts be filled with love for one another, and thankfulness for all the Lord has provided.
We at NeUventure love you all, and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family tomorrow. Grace, peace, and love to you!