Sunday, May 21, 2017
1 THESSALONIANS 5:18 NLT 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
When you don't know what to say or do -- say "Thank You!"
Sometimes we feel like we don't know what to do. We wonder what God's perfect will is.
Certainly the will of God is not for us to start worrying and being fearful about missing His will. Instead we should stay in faith, knowing that God is working and guiding us even when we are not aware of it.
God is not responsible for the bad things that come our way in life -- the devil and people are to blame.
But when we start complaining and criticizing, we step out of faith, joy, and peace. These spiritual forces (the "fruit" of the spirit) are for our protection.
So we can, and should, always thank God at all times. We should develop the habit of having an attitude of gratitude.
Our God is amazing! He can turn bad things around and take the sting out of them.
When we stay in faith, always being thankful, the sting is removed from the evil that comes against us. Then, instead of destroying us, it can become a stepping-stone to take us to a higher place of blessing.
So while God is not actually responsible for any of the bad things that happen, we should be thankful always -- no matter what happens.
An attitude of constant gratitude provides a shield of faith protecting you and allowing God to freely act in your life, bringing blessing and deliverance.
So when something bad happens in your life, don't complain. Don't criticize God, or people. Don't beat yourself over the head. Just begin (and continue) to say things like:
Thank You Lord that you are with me to guide me and help me, that You love me, that You are working in my life, that You protect me and preserve me and deliver me from evil, and that no weapon formed against me shall prosper or prevail!
The most appropriate words you can ever speak are "Thank You!"
SAY THIS: Thank You, Lord Jesus!
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