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Liberty Advocate

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November 2014

 

 

 

My dear friend, 

 

Thanksgiving greetings!  

 

As we celebrate the season of thanking God for His abundant blessings, let us remind ourselves of our duties toward Him.  These duties are the fruits of a heart where the Lord God dwells. We are to be thankful for the gift of Christ, His abundant grace, spiritual gifts, our creation and preservation, and all the other blessings of this life and our eternal life to come.  

 

The Scriptures exhort us...

 

Rejoice evermore.

 

Pray without ceasing. 

 

In every thing give thanks:  

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus

 concerning you.  

 

Quench not the Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

 

At Thanksgiving, we often quote 1 Thessalonians 5:18 only:

 

In every thing give thanks:  

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus

 concerning you.  

 

But verses 16-19 must be read together because there is mutual dependence between them.

 

Matthew Henry explains:

 

Here we have divers short exhortations, that will not burden our memories, but will be of great use to direct the motions of our hearts and lives; for the duties are of great importance, and we may observe how they are connected together, and have a dependence upon one another. 

 

1. Rejoice evermore, v. 16. This must be understood of spiritual joy; for we must rejoice in our creature-comforts as if we rejoiced not, and must not expect to live many years, and rejoice in them all; but, if we do rejoice in God, we may do that evermore. In him our joy will be full; and it is our fault if we have not a continual feast. If we are sorrowful upon any worldly account, yet still we may always rejoice, 2 Co. 6:10 . Note, A religious life is a pleasant life, it is a life of constant joy. 

 

2. Pray without ceasing, v. 17. Note, The way to rejoice evermore is to pray without ceasing. We should rejoice more if we prayed more. We should keep up stated times for prayer, and continue instant in prayer. We should pray always, and not faint: pray without weariness, and continue in prayer, till we come to that world where prayer shall be swallowed up in praise. The meaning is not that men should do nothing but pray, but that nothing else we do should hinder prayer in its proper season. Prayer will help forward and not hinder all other lawful business, and every good work. 

 

3. In every thing give thanks, v. 18. If we pray without ceasing, we shall not want matter for thanksgiving in every thing. As we must in every thing make our requests known to God by supplications, so we must not omit thanksgiving, Phil. 4:6 . We should be thankful in every condition, even in adversity as well as prosperity. It is never so bad with us but it might be worse. If we have ever so much occasion to make our humble complaints to God, we never can have any reason to complain of God, and have always much reason to praise and give thanks: the apostle says, This is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us, that we give thanks, seeing God is reconciled to us in Christ Jesus; in him, through him, and for his sake, he allows us to rejoice evermore, and appoints us in every thing to give thanks. It is pleasing to God. 

 

4. Quench not the Spirit (v. 19), for it is this Spirit of grace and supplication that helpeth our infirmities, that assisteth us in our prayers and thanksgivings. Christians are said to be baptized with the Holy Ghost and with fire. He worketh as fire, by enlightening, enlivening, and purifying the souls of men. We must be careful not to quench this holy fire. As fire is put out by withdrawing fuel, so we quench the Spirit if we do not stir up our spirits, and all that is within us, to comply with the motions of the good Spirit; and as fire is quenched by pouring water, or putting a great quantity of dirt upon it, so we must be careful not to quench the Holy Spirit by indulging carnal lusts and affections, or minding only earthly things.

http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/1-thessalonians/5.html

 

Plainly, God's Word commands us: "Rejoice evermore."  We must rejoice always. True believers have abundant reason for constant joy.  Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit. With a grateful heart we should rejoice in the forgiveness of our sins, and the promise of eternal life in the presence of God Almighty.  And we are also blessed with the promise that no matter what happens during our earthly pilgrimage, all things will work together for our good (Romans 8:28).  

 

O Christian:  Rejoice evermore!

 

Next, we are exhorted: "Pray without ceasing."  Prayer is a commanded duty (Matthew 7:7). Prayer promotes joy.  Prayer is to be "without ceasing" or constant and perseverant. It is an exhortation to live in a devotional frame of mind.  In other words, as we go about out daily duties, we must keep our heart and mind in a constant state of prayer.  And when we humbly come before the throne of God, we know that He hears our petitions and prayers, and will answer them in our best interests. This gives us cause for  great joy...and much praying. 

 

O Christian:  Pray without ceasing!

 

Then God's Word exhorts us: "In every thing give thanks."  In The Pulpit Commentary, Rev. Prof. T. Croskery explains the duty of thanksgiving:  

 

The duty of thanksgiving. It is the natural fruit of joy as it is the natural accompaniment of prayer...

I.  THANKSGIVING IS THE EXERCISE OF A JOYFUL AND PRAYING HEART. It is a mark of the wicked that they have no thankfulness.  They who glorified not God "neither were thankful" (Romans 1:21). It is a sign of the antichristian apostasy that men "shall be unthankful" (2 Tim. 3:2). Since "every good gift and every perfect gift" comes from the Father of Lights, the guilt of such ingratitude is great. 

 

Unquestionably, we must give thanks in all circumstances: joy and sorrow, prosperity and adversity, health and sickness. 

 

"For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." God has blessed us abundantly, therefore, we must offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually.

 

O Christian:  In every thing give thanks!

 

Additionally, God's Word warns us:  "Quench not the Spirit."  The Divine fire was kindled on the Day of Pentecost and this holy fire burns in every true Christian's heart. An unclean life, impure heart, apathy, and other sin will quench the Spirit. Be on your guard against sin.  Do not let sin quench the work of the Holy Spirit in your soul.  

 

O Christian:  Quench not the Spirit!

 

So, today let us begin to faithfully fulfill our Christian duties...

 

Rejoice evermore.

 

Pray without ceasing.

 

Quench not the Spirit.

 

And at this time of Thanksgiving and always...

 

In every thing give thanks.

 

O Christian: Pour out a continual feast of thanksgiving to God for His abundant blessings!

 

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice

of praise to God continually,

that is, 

the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Hebrews 13:15

 

O give continual thanks unto the Lord!

 

Thanksgiving blessings,

 

Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.

Liberty Advocate

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