In Everything Give Thanks

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  

1 Thessalonians 5:18

How you ever been in a situation where you are having a hard time being thankful?  Some people naturally see things as good.  The glass is always half full.  The sun is shining.  But to others, some of us have experienced such a hardship, endure abused, encountered disappointment and rejection.  They look out the window and see only the bad things.   It isn’t surprising though.  If you look at our society, it promotes negativity.  Most of our news is focused on bad events.  Advertising focuses negativity as well.  We are told you are not skinny enough, pretty enough, wealthy enough or you don’t look young enough to name a few.  They want you to relate to the world and their acceptance.  It is designed to make us discontent with ourselves and our situations, which leads us to being unthankful.  When you are in discontent, you will always being focusing on what you don’t have rather than being thankful for all of the good in your life.  The devil loves this.  Why?  Because he has come to lie, steal and kill.  He knows that having a thankful heart will give you peace, remove discontentment and allow you to enjoy the Lord.  When you focus on the good in your life and understand that God is the giver of good gifts, you will have plenty to be thankful for.  Whether we realize it or not, living in the United States is a privilege.  We have running water, sanitation, food, clothes and a roof over our heads.  We live in one of the wealthiest nations in the world.  We have many conveniences beyond any third world nation.

Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.  The way to shut the devil down is through thankfulness.  Thankfulness brings us into the presence of God (Psalm 100:4-5).  When you give thanks and praise God in the midst of your circumstances, the devil can’t take it.  It brings glory to God, rises up faith in your heart and brings God’s presence into your situation.  There is only one place that brings peace and that is resting in the presence of the Lord.  Jesus accomplished that for us.  We can now come into the throne of grace with boldness.  When we come in with thanksgiving, his presence and anointing will break every yoke of bondage.  Even in the midst of a dark trial his presence will sooth us and give us peace, for we know what the enemy meant for evil he will turn around for good.  We also know that God works everything for good to those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

In James, we are told to count our trials as joy.  What a tough way of looking at the situation especially when it seems dim. When we begin to thank God for his goodness despite our circumstances, we begin to see the power of God operate.  It is like a sweet fragrance arising into his throne room.  It is one saying, oh God you are good and I will praise you in this storm. You know everything and have the perfect plan.  When you arrive at the final destination, we will see the goodness of God and give thanks.  He is all knowing, with us, perfect, loving and good.  He is more than enough.  So today, may thanksgiving and his goodness arise as you remember what he has done for you.

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