North Augusta, South Carolina
From the Pastor’s Desk …..November 2016
We are blessed during this month of November to pause and give praises to God for allowing us to give thanks to Him for all that has done, is doing and will do.
As we come together this month, we do so under the theme, “The Power of Thankfulness, and subtopic The Significant of the Power of Thankfulness.”
In the 95th Psalm, the chosen people had gathered at Jerusalem to celebrate a festival. It is believed that this festival was centered on a renewal of the covenant between God and Israel.
Now, we may not sing that song as religiously as the early saints, but I do believe some of us, if not all of us, know that Jesus is our rock and a protector.
Now, even after David encouraged the devout of the Israelites to enter God's presence with praises, and joyfully acclaiming Him as their Rock and Protector, there were some there, no doubt asked, “What is the significant of the power of thankfulness?
In the book of I Thessalonian, we are admonished in apostle Paul’s letter written to the people at Thessalonica, to be joyful always, and pray continually; giving thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus.
No doubt, there were some in and around Thessalonica, who asked the same question as the devout of the Israelites, “What is the significant of the power of thankfulness?”
It makes no difference who we are, whose we are, or where we are, there will always be one or two in our midst who will want to know, “What is the significant of the power of thankfulness?”
Before we can address the significant of the power of thankfulness, let us first define the term, “Thankfulness.” Thankfulness is defined as a feeling of expressing gratitude and appreciation.
When we express gratitude and appreciation to God for His goodness and mercy bestowed upon us for all He has done; all He is doing and all He will do in the future, we are doing what God, in Christ Jesus, wants us to do. When we do that, which God wants us to do, it pleases God. I know this to be true because, it is recorded in the book of Matthew chapter 3 verses 16 and 17, when Jesus was baptized down by the River of Jordan, He came straightway out of the water, and a voice from heaven was heard saying, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
Make no mistake, when we please God, it unlatches and open the windows of heaven to pour out blessings, we are unable to hold.
For those saints at Jerusalem and Thessalonica, who may have asked, ‘What is the significant of the power of thankfulness?” The answer is - God’s blessings.
I encourage you to read the book of Deuteronomy, chapters 27 through 28, for more enlightenment on God’s curses for disobedience, and God’s blessings for obedience.
I am not sure about you, as a child I was taught that disobedience displeases, and obedience pleases. If that be true, and it is, then the significant of the power of thankfulness is nothing short of being obedience to God.
As I conclude this documentary for the month of November, I encourage you as David encouraged the saints in Psalm 95 verses 1- 2, and Paul encouraged the saints at Thessalonica.
In Psalm 92 and verses 1-2 David said, “O’ let us come before God’s presence with thankfulness, making a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.”
Apostle Paul said in I Thessalonian chapter 5 verse 16-18, “And, let us, lift our heads with thankfulness rejoicing forevermore, and praying without ceasing because in everything, we ought to yield thankfulness.”
Paul said, we ought to yield thankfulness because this is the significance of the power of thankfulness, and God’s will in Christ Jesus concerning us. To God be the glory!
Happy Thanksgiving and be blessed!
Humbly Submitted Because of Calvary,
Rev. Dr. Alexander Pope, Jr.
Sermon Topic for November 2016
The Power of Thankfulness
If God is for us, who can be against us?
First Providence Baptist Church
315 Barton Road
North Augusta, SC 29841
Phone: (803) 279-8836
Fax: (803) 441-8666