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GIVING THANKS NO MATTER WHAT!

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Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. (1Thess. 5:16 MSG)

Do you have a reason to give thanks? For some it is hard to give thanks with the stress of the holidays on top of all the stress of life. We are constantly bombarded with images and stories of the latest tragedies and disasters along with ads tempting us to want the latest and greatest. It can be difficult to give thanks. So it is important that we slow down, gather with family and friends, and take account the blessings of God.

I'm thankful for

....taxes I pay because it means I have a job.

....the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have more than enough to eat

....a lawn that needs mowing and weeds pulled because it means I have a home.

....my huge electrical bill because it means I am comfortable.

...loads of laundry because it means I have clothes. Yes… we have so much to be thankful for. So then doesn’t it make sense that we should have a life of thanksgiving and gratitude?

Isn’t God working the whole year (24/7/52/365)...isn’t God worthy of our thanks and continuous praise? And the answer is "YES" a million times Yes! If you said yes, then are you giving thanks in all circumstances no matter what? Giving thanks for the good and the bad?

A girl who was in a German prison camp complained to her mom because she had lice. Her mother said, “Stop complaining and thank God for your lice.” She did and after many years she was released on an oversight. She later became a speaker and told her story. One day there a German solider that guarded her cell was in the audience. He came up to her afterwards and asked her, “Do you know why the guards didn’t come into your cell as often as the other ones to beat and harass”. She said, “no.” He responded, “We didn’t go in because everyone in there had lice.”

GOD IS AT WORK EVEN WHEN WE CAN’T SEE IT.

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6 NIV)

God is at work even when we can’t see it or feel it. He promises to carry out His work and He works all things for good. Satan likes to stir up doubt, bitterness, and anger in us against God. He likes to discourage and distract you from seeking God in praise and thanksgiving. So the next time Satan comes along and says God is not working for you. Tell Satan that God is at work. God is doing something greater then I can imagine and He is preparing for it.

When we can’t see His Hand, we trust His heart. We trust His words of truth and promises that he has been faithful. Therefore as His children who belong to Christ Jesus, who have been given everything we need for eternity, the greatest Spiritual blessing, Jesus, we trust God. All other ground is sinking sand.

7Blessed is the man who trusts in theLORD, whose trust is theLORD. 8He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

Praise puts our faith back in Jesus. We tend to praise our money, the material stuff, economy, nation, home etc. This is why we worry so much. Notice Jeremiah is painting a different picture. One where faith informs our hearts and minds so no matter what chaos is going on around us and in us we still flourish and produce fruit.

THANK GOD, NO MATTER WHAT BECAUSE YOU CAN’T OUT PRAISE THE LORD!

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