4.3.2020 In Everything Give Thanks
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations
1 THESS. 5:18 (Amplified version) In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
WHOA, THERE PREACHER—IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS--WHY?
1. It's God's express will for your life
§ Eph. 5:19 "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
2. Notice Paul says, "In everything give thanks"
A. he does not say "For everything give thanks"
2. there is a large and fundamental difference between the two
A. there are many difficulties and circumstances we cannot be thankful for:
1. a serious illness
2. a death
3. a debilitating accident
4. financial difficulty
5. loss of a career
B. God would not expect us to thank Him for such things
3.But, at the same time, we can thank God in every situation
A. we can thank Him that it wasn't worse than it was & for the strength He gives us to carry through
B. we can thank Him for the promise of victory & healing which will eventually come
Thanksgiving opens our lives to receive further blessings
C. A prayer of thanks offered to God is a statement of faith that says, "No matter how bad this situation might be, I know that God is going to bring me through it."
D. We are made whole by our thanksgiving
§ Psychologists today tell us that sincere gratitude and thanksgiving, is the healthiest of all human emotions. Hans Selye, who is considered the father of stress studies, has said that gratitude produces more positive emotional energy than any other attitude in life.
4. WHAT SHOULD WE BE THANKFUL FOR?
1. be thankful that God is good
2. be thankful that God's mercy is everlasting
3. be thankful that God's truth endures
4. NOW YOU CONTINUE THE LIST WITH THINGS YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR!
PRAYER CATALYST FOR TODAY: Father, forgive us for grumbling, complaining, thinking & speaking negatively. Forgive us for not having a thankful attitude. We ask you to RENEW OUR MINDS so we can begin a new habit of giving thanks in all things—and trusting you for the outcome! So, today we lift our hearts and our hands to receive the gift of Thankfulness and ask you to remind us to give thanks in everything---whenever we are tempted to see the negative side of a situation. Give us new sight to “see that the Lord is good”—and for all the situations you allow to come into our lives. Teach us to look for things to be thankful for! In Jesus’ Name we pray!