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“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

One day the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, how was the trip?

“It was great dad”

“Did you see how poor people live?” The father asked.

“Oh yeah”, said the son.

“So tell me what did you learn from this trip?” The father asked.

The son answered “I saw that we have one dog and they had four,

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end, We have imported lanterns in our garden & they have stars at night,

Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon,

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight,

We have servants to serve us, but they serve others,

We buy our food, but they grow theirs,

We have walls around our property to protect us they have God who protects them”.

The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added “thanks dad for showing me how poor we are”

Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have.

Many wise and necessary things can be said about thanksgiving, but thanksgiving to God is a vitally important spiritual weapon God has given us to maintain our spiritual wholeness; to maintain our joy and peace and confidence in Him.

Conversely, if you want to see joy and peace and faith (trust) in God diminish in your life, simply walk in ongoing thanklessness.

Demonstrating to God OFTEN that we are thankful for what we have … rather than what we don’t have, or maybe have lost, can be the difference between motivating God to increase His blessings upon us, or withholding them.  It’s that critical of an issue, dear one.

God has the right to allow or cause whatever He chooses on this planet to happen, to whomever.  What He chooses to allow may make absolutely no sense to us and others, and from our perspective, may cause us to be tempted to believe He is unloving, uncaring, and even downright cruel.  Those are very dangerous beliefs in that the time will come in eternity when God will reveal secrets to those who have been faithful to Him, and once He does that, ALL will make total sense.  It is extremely dangerous to constantly question why God allows this or allows that.

It is extremely wise to constantly tell oneself and others that though they don't understand why God allows this or that, He's God - we're NOT - and because He IS God, He does what is best for Him and ultimately those who belong to Him. 

If there's one thing Satan hates, it's when believers trust God.  Satan encourages us to trust our emotions instead.  He wants us to put our faith in fear, worry, depression, and doubt.

Jesus Christ encountered this many times in his own disciples.  He told them not to be afraid but to believe.  Negative emotions are so strong that they skew our judgment.  We forget it is God who is reliable, not our feelings.

That's why, when you're hurting, it's wise to read the Bible.  You may not feel like it.  It may be the last thing you want to do, and it's the last thing Satan wants you to do, but again, there's an important reason to.  It brings your focus away from your emotions and back onto God.

There is power in God's Word to fend off Satan's attacks and power to remind you of God's love for you.  When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus drove him off by quoting Scripture.  Our emotions can lie to us.  The Bible never does.

When you're going through trouble, Satan wants you to blame God.  In the middle of Job's worst trials, even his wife said to him, "Curse God and die." (Job 2:9) Later, Job showed extraordinary faith when he promised, "Though he slays me, yet will I hope in him;" (Job 13:15a)

Your hope is in God in this life and the next.  Never forget that.

Thanking God when hurting, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Giving thanks when you're hurting is another one of those tasks we don't want to do, like dieting or going to the dentist, but it's immensely more important because it brings you into God's will for you.  Obeying God is not always easy, but it is always worthwhile.

We seldom grow more intimate with God during good times.  Pain has a way of drawing us close to him, making God so real we feel we can reach out and touch him.

You don't have to give thanks for the thing afflicting you, but you can be grateful for God's faithful presence.  When you approach it that way, you'll find that thanking God when you're hurting does make perfect sense.

Thank God in the Midst of Trials and Even Persecution: We draw back from difficulties, yet not one of us is exempt from some kind of trouble. In many parts of the world it is dangerous even to be a Christian because of persecution.

And yet in the midst of those trials we can thank God, because we know that He has promised to be with us and that He will help us. We know that He can use times of suffering to draw us closer to Himself: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2-3).

When the prophet Daniel learned that evil men were plotting against him to destroy him, “he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before” (Daniel 6:10). The Bible commands, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Paul declared, “You will even be able to thank God in the midst of pain and distress because you are privileged to share the lot of those who are living in the light” (Colossians 1:12, Phillips).

I don’t know what trials you may be facing right now, but God does, and He loves you and is with you by His Holy Spirit. Cultivate a spirit of thankfulness even in the midst of trials and heartaches.

God has given us the greatest Gift of all; His Son, who died on the cross and rose again so that we can know Him personally and spend eternity with Him in heaven.

Thank God Especially for His Salvation in Jesus Christ- God has given us the greatest Gift of all; His Son, who died on the cross and rose again so that we can know Him personally and spend eternity with Him in heaven: “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

The Bible tells us that we are separated from God because we have sinned. But God loves us; He loves you, He loves me—and He wants us to be part of His family forever. He loves us so much that He sent His Only Son into the world to die as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. All we need to do is reach out in faith and accept Christ as our Savior and Lord: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Have you opened your heart to Jesus Christ? If not, turn to Him with a simple prayer of repentance and faith, and thank Him for what He has done for you. And if you do know Christ, how long has it been since you thanked God for your salvation? We should not let a day go by without thanking God for His mercy and His grace to us in Jesus Christ.

Thank God for His Continued Presence and Power in Your Life: When we come to Christ, it is not the end but the beginning of a whole new life! He is with us, and He wants to help us follow Him and His Word. In ourselves we do not have the strength that we need to live the way God wants us to live. But when we turn to Him, we discover that “it is God who works in [us] to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13). Jesus promised His disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18, 20).

In many countries a special day is set aside each year for thanksgiving. But for the Christian every day can be a day of thanksgiving, as we are “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

Do you know the joy of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ? If you’ll turn to God, He can take away your bitterness and give you the spirit of true thankfulness.

Thank God for the Material Blessings That He Gives You: We seem never to be satisfied with what we have; rich or poor, healthy or sick. But what a difference it makes when we realize that everything we have has been given to us by God! King David prayed, “Wealth and honor come from you … We give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. Everything comes from you” (1 Chronicles 29:12-14).

Are you constantly preoccupied with what you do not have? Or have you learned to thank God for what you do have?

 

Comforting thought for the month

 A spirit of thankfulness makes all the difference. Many times God allows trials to come into a Christian's life to ultimately teach them the wisdom of being thankful when trials come their way.  That can be the sole purpose of the trial. Some trials never get lifted until that Christian starts thanking God in the pain they are in.  Many trials are stopped almost immediately when an individual starts thanking God in that trial ... and yes, FOR that trial.  Many potential trials Satan would like to initiate against a Christian never are executed against a Christian to begin with, simply because God knows that individual is not going to move off into being thankless no matter how painful that trial may have become.  Being ever thankful can be a weapon far greater than what we can realize.  We have everything to gain and nothing to lose by adopting the daily and hourly discipline of being thankful. God reminds us that suffering in the life of a Christian is working for their eternal good, IF they constantly demonstrate to God their thankfulness in those trials.