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“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 18)

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“…Meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving”

SIH’s Think On These Things: 1 Tim 4:3-5


1Tim 4:3-5 (KJV)  3) Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4) For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 5) For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
With Thanksgiving day quickly approaching, what better time is there to remind ourselves about the need to be thankful for our material blessings (food, clothing, shelter etc) and the means by which we receive these things (employment, gifts, etc)?..

Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
Paul was addressing false teachings which dictated that true followers of God should remain celibate and abstain from eating meat.  Paul is explaining to young Timothy that the marriage union and the eating of meats are to be enjoyed when they are partaken with thankfulness accompanied by a clear conscience.

For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:or it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Paul goes further and explains the reasoning behind this…. Everything that God makes is pleasing and beneficial for man and can be enjoyed by man.  However, men must recognize and appreciate, through the act of thanksgiving, that the Lord is the One that has supplied these blessings to mankind (Matt 6:25-32).
Paul helps us to understand that, whenever saints are confronted with a decision concerning our life choices, they are seek the Lord’s will by looking to the Word and praying for understanding.  Once they discover His will and submit to it, they can be confident our actions are not sinful, but glorifying to Him.

In today’s economy, it is no small blessing to have our material needs supplied through the blessings of Christ.  We should always be thankful for the need that is being supplied, keeping in mind that all our needs are supplied only through the gracious act of the Lord.  But our spirit of thankfulness should not end there.  We should also be thankful for the earthly source of these blessings as well.  Whether our needs are being supplied through an employer, a family member, a friend, church or other source, we should be thankful for the source which was raised up by the Lord to meet our needs.

Mark 8:6 (KJV)  6) And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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  1. lorischulz says:

    Hi Rob, Thank you for the “Like” on my blog and also for following my blog. I’m glad that I found yours. I want to go find your wife’s blog as well. Blessings to you both! -Lori

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hello Lori, Thank you for your kind words. I certainly enjoyed your blog and the work you are doing getting the turht of the Lord out to the young ones around us. May He continue to bless your ministry. Looking forward to more of your postings.

  2. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com says:

    Rob,l just wanted to say ,that l respect your straight message about the truth of our earthly existence ,l respect you and your posts.Thank you for keeping in touch with my site.Blessings.Jalal Michael

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thank you very much for the kind words. Teh Word of the Lord is certainly filled with truth. It is a blessing to read it and attempt to share it with others. I have enjoyed visiting your site as well. May the Lord continue to bless you.

  3. Debbie says:

    I find myself always thankful for this one! Definitely not something I want to take for granted! God bless you and thank you as you continue to lead us in thanksgiving this month!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thats great to hear Deb, I am afraid you may be in the miniority… I know many who have been blessed greatly with material goods who never think to thank the Lord for suppying them. Lord bless you.

  4. Many people bless us in our daily lives, but we who are blood-bought, adopted children of the living God recognise that everything we receive is from His gracious hands, so we praise Him for our daily bread.

  5. glane8029 says:

    Reblogged this on Through the Eyes of This Calvinist and commented:

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