Giving Thanks (GLMX #463)
This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #463 titled, “Giving Thanks” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
WHO IS THE ONE YOU THANK?
Every year in November we celebrate Thanksgiving. We gather together with family and friends to enjoy food and companionship and to consider everything for which we are grateful.
But giving thanks implies there is someone to be thanked. Who do you show gratitude to when you sit down to dinner?
The Bible says that you are to give your thanks to God—Ephesians 5:20 says, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
WHY THANK GOD?
Why should you be grateful to God? First, because He created you—The Bible says in Genesis 1:26, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”.
Also because God provides you with everything you need to survive, from the air you breathe to the food you eat. The Bible says, “In every thing give thanks” for “Every good gift and every perfect gift … cometh down from the Father …”.
But above all you should thank God for His sacrifice for you—His Son Jesus, Who came into our world to save you. The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SAVED?
Why must you be saved? And what are you supposed to be saved from?
In the beginning God created a perfect world in which people could live. All He required of them was to follow one simple command, but the first man and woman decided they knew better than God, and they disobeyed Him. Each of us has inherited the consequences of this disobedience: an imperfect world and an imperfect human nature which causes us to rebel (sin) against God.
Because you are made in God’s image, and “God is a Spirit”, you have a spirit that will survive when your physical body dies. But where will your spirit go? To heaven?
The Bible states in Matthew 5:48, “… your Father … in heaven is perfect”, and since God is perfect, He cannot allow your spirit to join Him in heaven because of your sinful nature. Even people we consider “good” are corrupt in God’s eyes: The Bible states in Romans 3:10, 23, “There is none righteous, no, not one … For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”.
Furthermore, there is a penalty for your sin—The Bible says in Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death”. “Death” means hell, which is a place of eternal separation from God. It is described as full of torment and fire.
So you need to be saved because your sin keeps you from heaven, and you can never do enough good on your own to be acceptable to God. Only one person is perfect and qualified to take your punishment for you, and that is Jesus Christ.
As it says in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “… Christ died for our sins … was buried, and … rose again the third day”. Today He lives in heaven, ready to intercede with the Father on your behalf so that one day you may join Him. However, your salvation is not automatic.
WHAT MUST HAPPEN BEFORE YOU CAN BE SAVED?
First, you have to realize that you are a sinner who has not lived your life in a way that pleases God. A quick glance at the Ten Commandments will confirm that everyone has told a lie or taken the Lord’s name in vain or not honored their parents, etc., at some point in their lives. To us this may not seem so bad, but God’s standard is perfection, The Bible states in James 2:10, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all”.
Next, turning away from those things that offend God, you must turn toward Jesus. You need to accept that Jesus’ death on the cross paid for your sins, ask God for forgiveness, and trust Him to save you.
If you do this sincerely, God will transform your rebellious nature: 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”. You will see life through God’s perspective and come to understand His plan for you.
This does not mean that you’ll immediately stop sinning or never sin. You’ll always fall short of God’s ideal throughout your life on earth and must continually ask for His forgiveness—1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. However, as you go forward in your walk with Christ, learning about Him and growing closer to Him, the power of God’s Holy Spirit will help you to sin less.
So when you give thanks this fall, it should be to the God who created you and provided a way for you to enjoy eternity with Him in heaven.
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour in the free pardon of your sins. Allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for your souls salvation from the power of sin and from the punishment of sin in that awful place called Hell. Please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
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