Questions from the New Testament: Lord, What Would You Want Me to Do? – (Part 21 in a series)

This week we will deviate a little from where we have been. With Thanksgiving being a week
away, I want to ask the question that we have been looking at but with an eye toward Thanksgiving,
“Lord, What Would You Want Me to Do at Thanksgiving?” Scripture gives the answer many times
over to this question. Let’s explore three of them today.
The first Scripture I want us to look at comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 where Paul the
Apostle says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of
God in Christ Jesus for you.” As a people and especially as believers, we are to “give thanks” in all
things. That does not mean that we are thankful for all things, but that we are to have a spirit of
thanksgiving in and through all things. As a child of God, we know that everything we have comes
from the Lord (James 1:17), therefore, even if we do not like what we are going through we can still
be thankful people.
The second verse we need to see is found in 2 Corinthians 9:11, “You will be enriched in every
way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in
thanksgiving to God." Here we again see Paul reminding the people of Corinth of the blessings that
they have received and in turn they should not only thank God for them, but they are to also use
those blessings to be a blessing to others. As a Christian, how will you be a blessing to those around
you that are less fortunate than you?
The third verse I want us to look at today is Psalm 69:30, "I will praise the name of God with a
song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving." I want to challenge you as you go through the next
week, and the final weeks of the year, to praise the Lord for all He has done for you this year. If you
are reading this, then God has blessed you by allowing you to live through a worldwide pandemic!
He has blessed you with food, shelter, and clothing; praise Him!
By living in the United States of America, we are wealthier than 80 percent of all the world!
Through this Thanksgiving, will you vow to give thanks, bless others, and praise the Lord for what
you do have?
As a church, we are seeking those who want to worship the Lord, praise the Lord, give thanks to the
Lord, and gather together with one another. We want to seek the Lord’s plan for our lives. Maybe
you are looking for the same things? Maybe you are a believer and need a church family to help you
in your walk or you are seeking, we would love to have you come and worship with us at First
Baptist Church Timpson. Our worship service begins at 10:45am on Sunday morning.
At FBC, your spiritual growth and physical safety are especially important to us. Therefore, we
have all the precautions in place to do everything we can to keep you and your family safe during
this time. Please consider coming and being a part of what God is doing at FBC. If you have any
questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us through Facebook, e-mail, or by
phone. Our physical address is 715 N. 2nd St. Timpson, TX 75975. Our e-mail address is and our phone number is 936.254.2220.
In Christ,
W. Dee Daniel, Pastor

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