GIVING THANKS ALWAYS
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
Thanks Thanks We give you thanks,
For all you have done, we are so blessed our souls have found rest oh Lord we give you thanks (2ce)
Father we thank you for another opportunity in your presence. We thank you for miracle of sleeping and waking up, we thank you for your faithfulness and love for us always. We thank you oh Lord for Loading us daily with benefits. We thank you oh Lord for deliverances known and unknown. We give you praise honor and adoration because we are connected to you. As we go into your word this morning enlighten our understanding and let all glory be ascribed to you and you alone.
In Jesus name we pray
Giving thanks is more than an expression of gratitude. We can say “thank you” to someone and not really mean it. Gratitude is more than words communicated; it is ultimately a mindset, a mentality. It is a keen awareness of our dependence upon GOD
It’s a concept some of us struggle with and resist, thinking God is telling us to be thankful “for” the difficulties. This makes us miss what He is really leading us to do, which is to be thankful despite the problems, to not let disappointments, failures, losses, and hurts keep us from being thankful to Him.
During wonderful and exciting times and tumultuous times, God asks us to focus on Him and His faithfulness to us, rather than on our circumstances; to dwell on His promise to never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), and to trust Him to help us in every situation we face in life.
How do we begin to give thanks in everything?
Thankfulness in everything comes through practicing being thankful to God for His presence, for life, peace, faithfulness, comfort, and more when facing challenges, rather than letting the difficulties be the focus of our thoughts, words, and prayers.
Being thankful in everything leads us to see God’s faithfulness in preserving our lives and helping us gain an understanding of how so many things that we held on to in the past aren’t really all that important in life. (All the assets that we held very closely to our hearts are after all of little or no benefit) it is only our relationship with God that is beneficial
Apostle Paul wrote, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NASB95) And in Ephesians we read, “always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;” (Ephesians 5:20, NASB95).
Sometimes the storms come and we may find it difficult to give thanks. It may appear absurd to be thankful to God for a tragic death or undeserved loss of income, or the randomness of disease, but In the book of Thessalonians, Apostle Paul encourages us to be thankful to God “in” everything. .
As Apostle Paul also wrote, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:17,
Most of all, being thankful changes our attitude and opens our eyes to see our world, our circumstances, and God’s love in new and beautiful ways. We must be thankful for the love of Jesus Christ and how His light in us leads us from the pits of despair to entering His courts with thanksgiving and praise.
We thank God for this day and pray that He gives us the grace to give Him thanks in all things
As we go about our business this morning may we see more of Him and less of us
May men see us and know that of a truth, we have been in God’s presence.
In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen