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Do not cease to give thanks

INGMRF-00042023-001Ephesians 1:15-16 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers

Spiritual growth comes in seasons. There are times when our faith is strong and there are times when it is not as strong. This is true with anyone. In those times when the momentum isn’t there and it seems that we’ve lost steam, it’s important that we never cease giving thanks.

It’s in those times, when we’re down but still giving thanks, that our faith grows. Our gratitude to our Father grows our love towards Him. Our increased love towards Him results in our loving others more as well.

Paul’s expression to the church in Ephesus demonstrates how thankfulness for someone else’s faith and love can encourage them and help them to be more thankful, to grow in love for God and in love for others. Thanks leads to faith, which leads to love, which leads to more love, more thanks, more faith, and on and on.

Try this. No matter how you feel right now about your current situation, just give thanks to God for all that He is. See if you don’t increase in your love for Him as you pour out gratitude. See if you don’t have a different attitude.

 

How to give thanks

lightstock_68414_medium_user_3963721Ephesians 5:20  giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

 

How should we give thanks to a God that gives us far more than we can imagine to ask for?  How can we ever give Him thanks for all He’s done and all He is?  Well, we never can.  But the point isn’t to make things up to God with our gratitude.  The point is that we should be grateful for everything and at all times.

We give thanks by praising Him.  Just telling Him, literally, thank you for what you’ve given me, for what you’ve done, and for who you are.  Express in words your thankfulness.

We give thanks by responding.  God has done so much for us all, we can show Him we’re thankful by carrying out what He’s called us to do.  We can show Him we’re grateful for what we have by sharing it with others, by taking care of what we’ve been given, and by being content.

We give thanks by trusting.  When we’re in hard times and it seems as though God has forgotten about us, we can be thankful to Him for what He’s done in the past by trusting Him with the present.  Sometimes just praying, knowing that God has provided in the past, and believing that He can do it again, is a great way to thank Him.

Why to give thanks…II

Thanksgiving

1 Chronicles 29:12-13  Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

Not only should we give thanks to God for who He is, but we should be ever so grateful for all that He’s done.  He’s able to do far more than we can even imagine, and He even sometimes responds to prayer better than we thought He would.  Not only is He good, but He provides.

All of the good we have in our lives is from the Lord.  We owe Him our thanks because nothing we have here is our own.  It’s all His and He allows us to be temporary caregivers to His things.  He provides our physical needs, but think of all the other wonderful blessings He gives that have nothing to do with “things” at all.  The intangible blessings are usually the most satisfying.

Imagine, the Lord of all things created, in heaven and on earth, giving up His Son for the sake of mankind, that we might be reconciled to Him.  Even if He never gave us another single thing in this life, that’s a sufficient reason to give praise and thanks for the rest of eternity.  We give thanks because of who His is, and because of what He’s done.

Why give thanks

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Psalm 107:1  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

 

Why give thanks?  The fact is that every single day God is providing blessings for us that we may not even know about.  He answers prayers that we lift up to Him, but there are so many things we are unaware of that He’s taken care of.

Even in our trials there are reasons to give thanks.  We may not realize it at the time, but even the seemingly bad things that happen in our lives can be God’s way of making something happen that’s much bigger than ourselves.  When we are in those down times, we have to trust that He has the best possible outcome in mind.  And the only way we can trust that is if we know that God is good.

God is good.  If we start with that belief and hold onto it, we can’t help but be in a constant state of gratitude.  No matter what comes our way, we know that our Lord is sovereign over all things and that He’s good.  That is cause for thanksgiving in itself, even without specific blessings to name.  Give thanks to Him because He’s good!

Thank God!

We can’t thank God enough for his kindness.

Luke 17:11-19 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”

Modern medicine has an effective treatment for leprosy but back in ancient civilizations it was greatly feared and those that were affected had to isolate themselves from society.

Jesus used many different methods to heal people, sometimes he would just speak and it was gone but in this situation he told the guys to go see the priest and while they were on the way they were actually healed.

Jesus told them to go see the priest before the healing took place, the Old Testament law said that they were to go to the priest after they were healed. It was the priest job to verify the healing and offer an animal sacrifice but since there wasn’t a known cure the priest didn’t have very many people coming to the temple for that reason. (Leviticus 14:1-32)

Out of ten that needed to be healed, there was only one that returned to Jesus and this one happened to be a Samaritan, the people that the Jews despised. The crowd must have groaned when Jesus pointed that fact out to them.

Ninety percent of the men healed that day did not acknowledge that God had blessed them and changed their lives. That statistic probably stands true for us as well, we do not acknowledge God’s love and compassion for all of the blessings that we have been given.

Psalm 95:6-9 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today! The LORD says, “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah, as they did at Massah in the wilderness. For there your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw everything I did.

How often do we remember to stop and run to Jesus feet? God has healed me and provided for every need that I have ever had, he has blessed me a lot more than I have ever said “thank you.” I need to remember that I was made to worship him and I have more than enough reasons to do so.

Thank you Lord for all of your blessing. From salvation from my sins to the awesome planet that you chose to create for my pleasure to the daily provisions that you have provided, there isn’t any way to adequately say thank you.

When Times are Good

Deuteronomy 8:11 Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today

One lesson we could all stand to learn is that God not only sustains us through the hard times, but the good times are from Him as well.  It’s easy to find ourselves crying out to God in the midst of our struggles only to forget about Him when He brings us through them and things get better.  Do you know it’s because of Him that things improved?

Moses knew this.  The Israelites wandered for forty years in the wilderness before they got to inhabit the land God had promised them.  They had seen many hardships along the way, and Moses was always reminding them to rely on God.  When the time came to claim their inheritance, Moses strongly warned them not to forget God in all their prosperity (Deuteronomy 8:1-20).  We can sometimes become so focused on the gifts that we disregard the Giver.

Make no mistake, our Lord is the Giver of all.  No blessing in your life could exist apart from Him and His mercy and grace.  Don’t forget about Him when the times are good.  Be in constant thanks, for every good thing.  Have a grateful heart.