Archive for November 21, 2011

November 20, 2011

Relentless:

“Pursuing a thankful heart…”

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thanksgiving Day is this coming Thursday. It is a day we gather with family and friends and give thanks. For many of us, circumstances in and beyond our control make having a thankful heart and giving thanks difficult. However, we are told to “be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thes 5:18 (NIV). If we allow our circumstances to dictate our thankfulness, or lack thereof, our lives, and joy, will rise and fall like the tide. We will be nothing more than yoyos. “If it is to be, it’s up to me.” It’s a saying we have all heard many times and is one that has absolute application here. How we choose to view our circumstances and allow them to impact our lives is solely up to us. If we will pursue a thankful heart and look for the good in the bad…the silver lining of the storm clouds…we will foster an attitude of faithful anticipation of the Almighty’s goodness. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Challenge: It is much easier said than done when speaking of finding the blessings in life’s struggles. I’m not talking about smiling on the outside and while the inside is in shambles. That is only surface level and paper thin…and gets shattered by the smallest of trials. I’m talking about knowing that “…nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable – absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love …”(Romans 8:38-39 MSG), that an all loving, all powerful, all present, all forgiving, all sufficient Savior and God loves me, is my strong Tower, my Rock, and is a creating in me a foundation that weather any storm…and a life that can “give thanks in all circumstances.”

Prayer: Lord, Your word says to give thanks in all circumstances. I know that in my own strength and abilities it is impossible. However, you did not give us a spirit of fear but one of power, love, and self-discipline. In Your strength I can do all things. Lord, give me the strength to pursue a thankful heart. Lord, give me the ability to see You in everything…and to recognize Your blessings and provision in every circumstance. You tell me that that whatever I ask for in Your name, it will be given to me. Lord, I am so grateful that Your promises are true. Thank You for loving me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.      

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