Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Life of Thanksgiving

"In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

In all circumstances and at all times, we must find something to be grateful for, and remain thankful in the place that God has stationed us.

When God shows us something that He wants to give us and it does not happen immediately, it is easy to become frustrated. But we can rest assured that if God has promised it, He will bring it to pass in His time and in His way.

But while we're waiting let us maintain a thankful heart and trust Him to perform it. Our frustration and anxiety will only hinder God, while Praise and Thanksgiving on the other hand will prove that we're trusting in Him to do the impossible for us.

Therefore, let's heed the admonition from God's word, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known to God. The New Living Translation renders it this way "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).

The presence, peace and power of God are gifts given freely to those who trust Him and do not allow fear and anxiety to remain in their heart to paralyze them. The peace of God will be a guard to our heart, fighting against anxiety and dissatisfaction.

Anxiety has the potential to erode our faith and trust in God, but the peace of God that passes all understanding will produce a thankful heart. I firmly believe that a thankful heart will touch God and enable us to experience His presence anywhere at all times.

Let us show our gratitude to God by giving thanks; God bless you.

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