November 27, 2016 – Thanksgiving: Get Historical not Hysterical

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Preached by Evan Stewart (00:41)

Even though the holiday season is supposed to remind us of thankfulness and the joys of Christmas, it can often bring burdens and worry.  Thankfulness is something we should practice whenever we can and thankful is a state we can be in all of the time.  Thanksgiving involves thinking and talking about the good things God has done in your life before and setting your heart and mind on the good things to come.  Thanksgiving cancels worry.  Thankfulness eliminates fear.  Thanks produces joy.  A thankful heart instills humility, wisdom, and even leads to compassion for others.  In thanksgiving we recognize our need for God, his love for each one of us and when you know his love for you this builds up love for others.  Thankfulness does not get rid of the obstacles that tempt you to worry and fear, but it gets rid of the worry and fear allowing you to handle the situation like it’s any other situation.

Practicing thankfulness will eventually enable you to see the good things in the midst of really bad circumstances and be thankful no matter what trial or obstacle you may face.  You don’t become naive to the reality of life, rather you wake up and become more real – seeing things as God sees them.

Thankfulness increases when you think about the goodness of God in your life.  Leaning on the goodness of God frees you to offer encouragement and help to other people.

Learn not to get hysterical, but to get historical.  Thinking about the historic provision and goodness of God in your life focuses your heart and mind on the future blessings that God has promised.

Scripture References: Psalm 136; Joshua 4:1-9; 1 Samuel 17:34-37

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