The apostle Paul tells us to give thanks in all situations..He says that it is God's will for us..
Truthfully, I know that it is not always easy to give thanks. I know that I have personally gone through some devastating things.. I have lost loved ones, faced betrayal numerous times, and been treated unfairly on many occassions.. But, of thing I am certain.. God is good. I think the hardest times for me to give thanks came when I faced the demonic. The Bible tells us that we battle not against flesh and blood, and I for one, can attest to the reality of the spiritual world. There were nights when I emerged with little sleep from strange things that were going on, and there were days that I went with little food because of fasting and prayer.
It was hard. I didn't want to give thanks. I was angry.
But, I found, that when we praise God in the midst of any hardship..It sends a message to the enemy that says, "You are defeated. You were deafeated by the Cross of Calvary and before the world even began."
Even the apostle acknowledged that the enemy cannot steal everything when he said.." "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
There have been times when I haven't felt like saying, "thanks," But thanking Him allows us to "let go" of a situation... Thanking is a way of relinquishing the hurt and the harmul..and letting God know that you can still see His goodness...
Thankfulness is our love letter to God..
Tonight, I hurt for friends with cancer and I hope and pray that even through their sorrows and confusion.. they will still see His mercies and grace.
I was deeply moved by Ann Voskamp's book "One Thousand Gifts." Ann said that she wrote the book as a challenge. It was kindof a dare. She set out to find one thousand things that for which she was grateful. Her story is a journey of gratitude and finding blessing and beauty in the mundane.
May we all find God's blessing and gifts in the mundane and in the simpest of things..
May we give praise in the chaos of the everyday..
“Our fall was, has always been, and always will be, that we aren’t satisfied in God and what He gives. We hunger for something more, something other.”
If you had to make of list of things you were grateful for..what would they be?