OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS-Part 1
“When you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to Me.” Matthew 25:40 (NLT)
“If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8 (NIV)
Four care packages that I can give to my family
1. _______________________________________ MY FAMILY.
“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my request for all of you with joy.” Philippians 1:3-4 (NLT)
2. _______________________________________ MY PARENTS.
“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. ‘Honor your father and mother.’ This is the first of the ten commandments that ends with a promise. If you honor your father and mother, ‘things will go well for you, and you will have a long, full of blessing.’” Ephesians 6:1-3 (NLT)
3. ________________________________________ MY FAMILY.
“Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”Ephesians 4:32 (NLT)
“And forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. If you forgive those who sin against you, your Heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:12, 14-15 (NLT)
4. __________________________________________ TO MY FAMILY.
“Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 (NIV)
“We love each other, because He loved us first.” 1 John 4:19 (NLT)
“Singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19-20 (NLT)
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)
3 THINGS THAT KEEP US FROM BEING THANKFUL.
WHAT WE LEARN ABOUT THANKSGIVING FROM THE BIBLE
1. THANKSGIVING __________________________________________________________.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.”Psalm 100:4 (NLT)
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1 (NIV)
“Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” Romans 1:21 (NLT)
2. THANKSGIVING ___________________________________________________________.
Thanksgiving Should Include 3 Things:
1.) THE _________________________ OF LIFE.
2.) THE _________________________ OF LIFE.
3.) THE _________________________ OF LIFE.
3. THANKSGIVING IS ________________________________________________________.
Why Is Thanksgiving Expected?
1.) IT’S THE MARK OF A ____________________________ CHRISTIAN.
2.) IT’S A MARK OF A _______________________________ CHRISTIAN.
3.) IT’S A MARK OF A _______________________________ CHRISTIAN.
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.”2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 16-18 (NIV)
LIVING IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD-Part 12
“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, AND I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6
“…It is through grace that we have been saved. And God has given us a PLACE WITH CHRIST IN HEAVENto show for all ages to come GOD’S GOODNESS TO US because of Christ…” Ephesians 2:5-7
WHAT IS HEAVEN?
HOW IS HEAVEN DIFFERENT?
“No eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard, and no mind has ever even imagined what God has prepared for those who love him!” 1 Corinthians 2:9
WHAT WILL WE DO IN HEAVEN?
1. WE WILL BE ___________________________________________________________________________.
“…There will be one huge family reunion with the Master.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (Msg)
2. WE WILL BE ___________________________________________________________________________.
“…know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward for serving Christ.” Colossians 3:24
Hebrews 10:35, 1 Peter 1:4, John 12:26
3. WE WILL BE ____________________________________________________________________________.
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You’ve been faithful with a few things; I will now put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!” Matthew 25:21
2 Timothy 2:12, Revelation 22:3-5
LIVING IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD-Part 11
“The LORD is shepherd; I have everything I need. HE makes me lie down in green pastures. HE leads me beside still waters. HE restores my soul. HE leads me in the right paths for HIS name’s sake. Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for YOU are with me! YOUR rod and YOUR staff comfort me. YOU prepare a banquet for me in front of my enemies. YOU anoint my head with oil, and my cup overflows.” Psalm 23:1-5
“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6 (KJV)
I DON’T NEED TO FEAR THE FUTURE...
1. BECAUSE _______________________________________________________________________________!
“Surely goodness... will follow me all the days of my life...”
“The Lord watches over all who love him...” Psalm 145:20 (NIV)
“(God) orders his angels to protect you wherever you go.” Psalm 91:11 (TLB)
“We know that all that happens to us is working for our good IF we love God and are fitting into his plans.”Romans 8:28 (TLB)
2. BECAUSE _______________________________________________________________________________!
“Surely... mercy will follow me all the days of my life...”
“I will have mercy on you through my grace.” Isaiah 60:10 (TLB)
“I will...not forget the glorious things God does for me. He forgives all my sins. He heals me. He ransoms me from hell. He surrounds me with loving-kindness... He fills my life with good things...He is merciful and tendertoward those who don’t deserve it; He is slow to get angry... He never bears a grudge... He has not punished us as we deserve for all our sins, for HIS MERCY... is as great as the height of the heavens...He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him.” Psalm 103: 2-13 (TLB)
“...we can come before God’s throne where... we can receive mercy and grace to help us when we need it.”Hebrews 4:16 (NCV)
3. BECAUSE _______________________________________________________________________________!
“…and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
“God wanted to reveal his abundant glory, which was poured out on us who are the objects of his mercy, and whom he has prepared in advance to receive his glory!” Romans 9:23
HOW TO LIVE FULLY & FEARLESSLY
1. _______________________________________________________________________________. BECAUSE GOD IS SO GOOD TO ME.
“Give thanks continually to the Lord because he is so good, and because his mercy will never run out.” Psalm 118:29
“We have been given possession of an unshakable kingdom. Let us therefore BE GRATEFUL and use our gratitude to worship God in the way that pleases him with reverence and awe.” Hebrews 12:28 (NJB)
Jesus: “You have been treated generously, so live generously. Give as freely as you have received.” Matthew 10:8 (MSG)
“Good will come to him who is GENEROUS. Such people lend freely, and conduct their affairs honestly. They will never be shaken...They don’t fear bad news because they trust the Lord to care for them. They are CONFIDENT AND FEARLESS in facing their opposition! Because they give generously to those in need, they will have influence and honor.” Psalm 112:5-9 (NLT)
2. ______________________________________________________________________________. BECAUSE GOD IS SO GRACIOUS WITH ME.
“Be gracious and merciful to everyone, and forgive others, just as God has forgiven you because of Christ.”Ephesians 4:32
“There is no fear in love. Instead perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears has not matured in love.” 1 John 4:18
3. ______________________________________________________________________________. BECAUSE HE WILL SHARE HIS GLORY WITH ME.
“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (ESV)
“God, in his divine power, has given us everything we need for living a godly life. This power is given to us through knowing Jesus. And He has called us to share in his own goodness and glory!” 2 Peter 1:3