Give Thanks In All Things!!!

wednesday beautiful day

 

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Giving Thanks Always Unto God!!!

Ephesians 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Ephesians 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
Ephesians 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

The Benefits of Thanksgiving
We are told to give thanks always but what exactly does that mean? Do we just say “Thank you” 24 hours a day 365 days a year? We need to be careful because sometimes our “THANK YOU” becomes generic, becomes a habit, becomes redundant. Our Prayers, our Thank yous should never become any of the above….

God’s will is for you to give thanks. This is something he wants from all of us his children. Just as we have expectations from our children, our Father has expectations from us. Thanksgiving grows from a heart that is overwhelmed at what God has done, is doing and ultimately will do for His children and creation.
Be Thankful We Don’t Get What We Deserve – Judgment
The modern catch phrase is “don’t judge me.” The sad thing is that it is according to Hebrews 9:27:
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.and sealed by Jesus Christ. Those that have never confessed Jesus as Lord and received Him as savior are already judged and condemned. We can be thankful that according to Paul and Romans 8:1:
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
The most mature believers are warned that they will experience conflict with sin’s nature until Jesus returns. The weakest believers who stumble and fall into sin are promised that they will experience victory over sin in the life to come. Sin no longer has dominion over those in Christ Jesus. Even when sin strangles us there is no condemnation if you are in Christ Jesus!! Make sure that you have received Jesus and confessed Him as Lord and you have reasons to give thanks!!
When you struggle with some sin begin to give thanks to God for your victory over it. Praise, pray with thanksgiving and God’s power will strengthen you!

Be Thankful You Are Not Alone
Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

In a time when people abandon children, family, friends, responsibilities God clearly and loudly tells us from the pages of His word. I will never leave you! Keep in mind he never lies, he keeps his promises. He never leaves us, he is our Father after salvation and will continue to be.
If we were to obey God and think about the promises tied up in His being present with us we couldn’t help but be grateful. We shouldn’t even have to be told to be thankful just thinking of all he has done and continues to do should make us thank him on our own….
“Thank you Jesus that you are always near.”

Be Thankful Everyone Doesn’t Know What God Knows About Each One Of Us
God is a revealer of the unseen. Proverbs 28:13:
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

The one who conceals his sin will not prosper. God covers what we confess but uncovers what we hide. God reveals Himself through His word and His Son. When we come in contact with God’s Spirit and word He reveals who we are as well.
We should be very grateful that God doesn’t on a daily basis reveal to those around us the depths of our heart. There would be no way for any of us to have friends, families or relationships of any kind if God were to allow others to know everything He knows about us.

Be Thankful We Can Enter God’s Presence
“Enter into my gates with thanksgiving”
A grumbling spirit guarantees and opportunity for the devil. When grumbling begins the gate is opened wide for the devil and his deception, destruction and division. The children of Israel complained about no water, no bread and finally no meat. This lead to them worshipping an idol and being judged by God. Prayer is unfortunately minimal today but our own desires and plans will lead us to prayer. Thanksgiving will come from only one place, Love of God!
We have a priceless opportunity before us. We can ignore what the Lord wants from us; or we can be obedient be thankful go before his Holy Throne, with thanksgiving with a loving and thankful heart and thank him and praise him….
A grateful heart is a sign of a Spirit filled believer:
Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

A grateful heart is powerfully developed as you learn to depend on God’s Spirit
Thankfulness grows the more we think about what God has done for us. The reason that more of us are not grateful is because we focus on what we think we have missed or we deserve.
Actually if we think about what we truly deserve honestly we truly deserve nothing.
It is not only the sign of a spirit filled believer to give thanks. Praise, prayer and thanksgiving are strong vital signs of a vibrant spirit filled church.
A thankful heart is recognition of God’s good hand and presence in whatever situation we face. We often ask God to change the circumstances and forget to thank Him for being with us in every circumstance.
Be Aware Of What Keeps Us From Being Thankful
A) A Critical Spirit
B) A Prideful Spirit

Be aware of the benefits of thanksgiving
A) If you are giving thanks you are in God’s will
B) If you are giving thanks you are living in God’s presence
C) If you are giving thanks you are overcoming circumstances

What are some ways we can give thanks?
Share what we have with others.
Spend time in the ministries God has grown in this body.
Whatever we do we need to do for God’s glory.
Share the gospel with those that don’t know Jesus.
Surrender our plans, desires and opinions to God’s will.
Shout Thanks, and Praise to God.

 

TO GOD BE THE GLORY
To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.
Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.

 

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

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