“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV
Being thankful in all things is one of the most powerful things we can do, internally. When we are thankful, we deflect the negativity that would attempt to rule our spirit. It is the enemy who would seek to hinder us from being thankful, and it is comparing our lives to others that our internal peace becomes disrupted. We must not allow ourselves to fall into bitterness and discouragement. It is in these that we fall into a negative and depressed lifestyle. Therefore, we must always be thankful and pray without ceasing to our Heavenly Father.
When our hearts are thankful for the smallest of things, we cannot be conquered by the mightiest of things.
When our hearts are thankful for the smallest of things, we cannot be conquered by the mightiest of things. So long as we seek to find something to be thankful for, the enemy will not be able to enter in and hinder us in our walk with Christ. It can be tough, however, when our eyes focus on the material. Social media loves to portray and selfishly show-off the best parts of our lives. However, this is not reality.
I am convinced that the more someone posts the greater their insecurity. It is when someone constantly needs to update the world on what they are doing and all the fun they are having that they do not have a pure thankfulness in Christ. They themselves may not even post for others to see, but rather to convince themselves that they have a good life.
Dear brother and sister, we do not need to play the game of social media and reveal to all of what we have. How I wish we were more real with each other. We should be thankful for the ability to use social media and keep in touch with friends and family. However, if our main purpose is to reveal to the entire world of all we get to do, then we are most certainly more focused on the material than the spiritual. We must set the soul’s eyes upon God alone and glory in His tender kindness and gracious mercies. We must seek to be thankful in all circumstances, rather than fall into depression through comparison. “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works” (Psalm 9:1 NKJV). We must seek to share with others what God has done in our lives, rather than compare our lives with others.
If we could only remember the pains of others, then we ourselves would see the riches of our current condition.
Oh, if we could only keep at the forefront of our minds those who have nothing, then we would see how we truly have everything! We sit around in discouragement, while others barely make it through the day. There are homeless people that have been wearing the same socks, underwear, pants and shirt for the last three weeks, and we complain when our clothes are no longer cool amongst our friends. There are people across the world who were just told that they have to get an amputation, while we ourselves walk around fully functioning. There are kids who are going to die of disease today, and we sit on our couch and complain that “we are bored”. Many just drew their last breath, and we mope around wishing we had someone else’s life. Some men and women living on the streets have not showered in a month, and we feel disgusted if we haven’t showered in eighteen hours. We sit around and indulge in food without a second thought of thanking God, while thousands will cease to exist in this life due to starvation. We have a vehicle with heat and A/C for the different seasons, while multitudes must wait at the bus stop during the cold winter months. We have all these things, and yet, we still have a tendency to be unthankful. Oh, if we could just see that we are so blessed! If we could only remember the pains of others, then we ourselves would see the riches of our current condition. It is only by God’s Providence, Grace and Sovereignty that we are where we are, and we have what we have.
To be intoxicated with God through a heart of thankfulness is the soul’s greatest delight.
To be intoxicated with God through a heart of thankfulness is the soul’s greatest delight. To be led by seeing all things as God’s way of molding us into Him should relieve us of stress. To view all that we have as His blessings to us should make us appreciative of His love. To see ourselves made in His image and given an individual identity that is set apart from everyone else should make us grateful. Oh, if we could only live a life of thankfulness! For it is in thankfulness that peace is found. It is in striving to see God in every aspect of our day that we do not allow the enemy to enter into the chamber of our soul. For the soul is deaf to the enemy’s lies, and thankfulness makes all negativity die. We must thank God in all things, for all things that have been given unto us were stretched out by His hand. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17 NKJV).
If we do not have the maturity to keep a grateful heart and give thanks to God, then all spiritual power and productivity in our life will be robbed.
May the Lord give all of us the revelation that it is in acquiring more things, that our soul no longer sings. It is when we gain more in the material realm, that our soul’s thirst for the higher things are deflated. The more we have in this life, the less we have in the next. For it is the world itself that distracts us from that which truly matters. It is the world that constantly speaks to us and says “Get more. You don’t have enough. You need this.” It is that which is visible that distracts us from the invisible. For if we do not have the maturity to keep a grateful heart and give thanks to God, then all spiritual power and productivity in our life will be robbed. We must, therefore, always remain steadfast in prayer and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us. We must allow Him to show us that an unsatisfied man is a havoc man. Not unsatisfied with spiritually related things, but a man who is unsatisfied with God’s current blessings. Those who cannot sit and wait upon God and be thankful for the season they are in, will either slow the process or dissolve what God wanted to do in that person.
People love to reveal the external, but they hate taking time to look on the internal.
Let us, therefore, come before the Throne of God and be thankful! Let us see how blessed we are compared to others. Though it may appear from social media that everyone’s life is so much better, this is simply an illusion. For people love to reveal the external, but they hate taking time to look on the internal. So long as externality must be publicized, thankfulness will slowly die. It is in setting and engaging the heart to give thanks to the Lord, that our soul becomes filled with joy and peace that transcends human understanding. It is in a thankful heart where all good things start. So long as we give thanks and praises to God, our minds will forever be in awe. For as He has blessed us abundantly now, He will continue to do so. Not because we deserve it. Not because we have earned it. It is only because of Who He is. These blessings are not always physical, they are also spiritual. As we begin to perfect the art of thanking God each day, we will grow in a genuine love for Him. We will see His glory manifested both in and outside our lives. We will no longer compare, but will allow contentment to have its place.
“Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17 NKJV). May we become men and women who give thanks to God in all things.
Let us, therefore, thank our Heavenly Father for what He has done and continues to do.
Heavenly Father, You are the God of all things. That which is good, pure, righteous and holy dwells within Your Being. You alone, O God, can dictate and give good gifts. You alone love us unconditionally. Lord, we thank You for Your Son Who died upon the Cross for our sins. We thank You, Lord, for the Holy Spirit that guides and directs our steps. We thank You for food, clothing and shelter. Lord, You have blessed us abundantly! Even if we are in a tough situation with our family or finances, You, O Lord, have allowed it for a Divine purpose. We ourselves cannot imagine why we go through the trials of our life, but You do; for You allow nothing to come into our life without a reason. We are thankful for this Truth, O God. May all areas and season of life draw us closer to You. May we allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify us. We trust in You, O God, for You are faithful. We thank You that You called us and You were willing to send Your Son to the Cross, in order that we might have fellowship with You. We thank You for all things, Lord; for You made all things and You have a plan for all things. Glory be to You, Heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.