Sermon Notes – Nov 25, 2012

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Thanksgiving is about giving. Honoring the Lord, who has placed his trust in us his stewards, means never forgetting the one to whom all that we have belongs – God. As we trust God we prove that he can entrust us with more because we are faithful stewards.

That is something that the devil does not want us to learn, obey and fully understand. He wants to do more than just stand in the way of our blessings. He wants to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10), conversely God wants you to have life abundantly!

What can hinder that abundance?
1. A lack of generosity.
2. Fear and holding back from God, our creator and provider.
3. Disobedience and excuses for not trusting the promises of God.
4. Offenses that we allow to hinder our faithfulness.

We must remember Luke 6: 35-38, particularly this truth – “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured
into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” This is a paradox…giving leads to getting. Jesus teaches many paradoxes: To find you must lose, to
be rich you must be poor, to live you must die, to be first you must be last, to be honored you must be humbled, give and it will be given to you.
However, these are not just paradoxes, they are promises. God longs to bless you. The greatest blessing is our relationship with him; let’s draw nigh by removing any hindrances
caused by disobedience. One of the toughest hindrances for many is giving. Yet, our most powerful thanksgiving unto God is obedience to his word and trusting Him more! Re-read
Malachi 3: 7-12.

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