Thursday, March 31, 2016

Devotion: Be Thankful For What You Have

It has been said that the more thankful you are, the more you attract things to be thankful for.  It has also been said that those who take life day by day, complain very little, and are thankful for the things in life are happy.  Scripture tells us to “always give thanks for everything to our God and Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20 TLB).  Maybe this is why those who are thankful for the things they have in life are happy truly.

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (I John 2:15-17).

Scripture tells us that in the last days, there will be perilous times and that it will be very difficult to be a Christian.  In those days, the scriptures say:

“For people will love only themselves and their money; they will be proud and boastful, sneering at God, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful to them, and thoroughly bad.  They will be hardheaded and never give in to others; they will be constant liars and troublemakers and will think nothing of immorality.  They will be rough and cruel, and sneer at those who try to be good.  They will betray their friends; they will be hotheaded, puffed up with pride, and prefer good times to worshiping God.  They will go to church, yes, but they won’t really believe anything they hear.  Don’t be taken in by people like that.  They are the kind who craftily sneak into other people’s homes and make friendships with silly, sin-burdened women and teach them their new doctrines.  Women of that kind are forever following new teachers, but they never understand the truth.  And these teachers fight truth just as Jannes and Jambres fought against Moses.  They have dirty minds, warped and twisted, and have turned against the Christian faith” (II Timothy 3:2-8 TLB).

But we know that this world will fade away and everything that people crave, all those evil, forbidden things will fade along with it.  We also know that those who are pleasing God and doing the will of God will live forever.  Therefore, for this reason, we should be thankful.  God is working things out for us, even when we don’t see it or feel it.  We just need to keep our faith in God and be thankful for all that he has given us.  There is always something to be thankful for, Amen.

“And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:15-17 ESV).

No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (I Thessalonians 5:18 TLB).  Devote yourself to prayer being watchful and thankful (Colossians 4:2 NIV).  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Colossians 3:17).  In that wonderful day you will say, “Thank the Lord!  Praise his name!  Tell the world about his wondrous love.  How mighty he is!”  Sing to the Lord, for he has done wonderful things.  Make known his praise around the world (Isaiah 12:4-5 TLB).

Every struggle that you have gone through in your life has brought you to where you are today and made you into the person that you currently are.  Today, you should be truly thankful for each of those hard times because believe it or not, each one has made you stronger.  Therefore, thank God for his unspeakable gift that is too wonderful for words (II Corinthians 9:15).  Remember, in all things, be thankful, for there is always something to be thankful for, Amen.

We forever pray that our commentary will abundantly bless you, greatly inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings. - KW

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