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Faith with Thanksgiving

Faith with Thanksgiving                                            

Pastor Phil Derstine   11-21-21


II Timothy 3:1-2 “In the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. (5) Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”


Story of 10 Lepers Luke 17:11-19

·      Luke 17:17 Jesus asked, Were not all ten cleansed?  Where are the other nine?

·      Luke 17:19 Thy faith hath made thee whole.

o   Gr: Sozo saved, healed, delivered: The whole package!

o   One leper added something to his faith

·      Add Thanksgiving to your Faith, for a Divine return


7 Things to Add to our Faith


·      II Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (4)  Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (5) For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; (6) and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; (7) and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 


·      II Peter 1:8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

o   By passing the Tests

o   Through Overcoming Temptation

o   Through Experience in the Storm


·      II Peter 1:9 But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.  (10) Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, (11) And you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


1. Goodness

·      Romans 2:4 “The goodness of God leads you to repentance.”

·      Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

2. Knowledge

·      Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge

·      Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge

·      John 8:32 “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

3. Self-Control

·      Proverbs 25:28 “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.”

·      I Corinthians 6:12 “Everything is permissible for me but not everything is beneficial.  Everything is permissible for me but I will not be mastered by anything.”

4. Perseverance

·      Luke 21:19 “In your patience possess ye your souls.”

·      James 1:12 “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial   because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

5. Godliness

·      I Timothy 6:6 “But Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

·      Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. (12) It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

6. Brotherly Kindness

·      Proverbs 19:17 “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward them for what they have done.”

·      Colossians 3:12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, cloth yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

7. Love

·      I Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”

·      John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”


Thanksgiving is an Act of Faith

·      It requires you to SAY something, DO something, ACT on what you believe

·      I Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

o   In the midst of everything

o   Done in ADVANCE of the answer!