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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).


Friday, November 4, 2022

3 Ways to Offer Gratitude No Matter What Happens

 


by Barbara Latta

The world is a scary place.

I don’t know how people who don’t know the Lord cope with life because chaos surrounds us everywhere we go. Politics, weather, crime, lack of provision, and war touch us in some way every day. We may not experience all of these events at the same time, but we hear the news that goes on in different parts of our world. Anxiety can fill our hearts just by anticipation of a bad circumstance coming our way.

But God doesn’t fall off His throne or wring His hands in despair due to the earth’s condition. He isn’t the cause of all the mischief, but He is the solution. 

His Word gives us weapons to resist evil and change our lives if we will load up and fight the right enemy.

We should be grateful every day, but in November we focus on gratitude more than at other times due to our Thanksgiving observation in the United States.

How can we be grateful no matter what happens?

1. Rejoice in God. We are to give thanks in all things not for them. He isn't telling us to be thankful for a bad situation, but to thank God that He can turn tragic events into something good for those who love Him and are called by Him (Romans 8:28). 

Jesus said in John 10:10 that the thief is the one who steals, kills, and destroys, but Jesus came to give abundant life. So even when we mess up, or we are attacked with difficult circumstances, if we will trust God, our future is redeemed. God always gives us hope. In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV)

2. Refuse to fear. Fear is the opposite of faith. When we fear, our eyes are on the turmoil around us and not on the Father Who saves us. If fear controls us, we don’t remember to be thankful. God’s instructions to His people not to be afraid appear in the Bible hundreds of times. 

He knew we would be influenced by the world and events around us and our natural senses would default to looking at tragic or impossible situations. His repetition of "do not fear" is because we need to hear it so much. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? (Psalm 118:6 NKJV).

3. Remember past blessings and answers to prayer. We can find ourselves forgetting about what God has done for us in the past. If we only think on the present problems we face, our minds only want a solution. But when we look to what the Father has already done for us, we can be strengthened in faith to know He will come through again. 

His Word doesn’t go back to Him without accomplishing His purpose. One way to remember His blessings is through journaling. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. (Psalm 103:2)

God’s Word is more powerful than the strongest army, the meanest villain, and the unseen threats that plague our world. We know His promises are true. Nothing can separate us from His love.

Knowing that we have been given Christ's identity reminds us of who we are. We don't have to live in fear in this life. We can offer thanksgiving to our Savior no matter what we face because He is always the answer. 

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

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16 comments:

  1. Your message is so encouraging and uplifting, but I especially liked this part: "But God doesn’t fall off His throne or wring His hands in despair due to the earth’s condition. He isn’t the cause of all the mischief, but He is the solution." So true! Our God is steadfast and faithful. He will get us through these trials our country and world are facing if we put our trust in Him. I'm thankful for His strength and His unfailing love for us--even when we stray from His path.

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    1. God will get us through every trial. Our prayers of gratitude do show Him we trust Him with our lives. Thanks for sharing, Katherine. Blessings!

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  2. I like to keep a note of spiritual blessings and answered prayers in my journal to remind me of God’s faithfulness. He is our mainstay through the chaos. Thanks, Barbara!

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    1. So many times I have gone back to my journal and read about God's faithfulness. By recording His blessings, I was able to relive His answer to prayer. As you said, He is our mainstay through chaos. Thanks for sharing, Candyce. Blessings!

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  3. Wonderful advice, Barbara, and just in time for Thanksgiving. God bless!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Nancy. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  4. I loved your points and the verses. Just what I needed today!

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    1. I am glad you were encouraged. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

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  5. Thank you, Barbara, for this encouraging message. I especially appreciated this statement: "We can offer thanksgiving to our Savior no matter what we face because He is always the answer." Reading the Psalms reminds me to thank God for who He is and what He does.

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    1. Psalms has an answer to everything we face. So many were written during times of trial yet the writer always ends with praise to God for His goodness. Thanks for sharing, Jeannie. Blessings!

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  6. Yvonne Morgan11/11/22, 2:16 AM

    Great message Barbara. Thanks for offering so much encouragement

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Yvonne. Blessings!

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  7. I hadn't thought about fear and faith being opposites, but it makes sense. For me, one way to be grateful is not just remembering what God has done in my life, but focusing on His character. When I remember the goodness of God, I know that I will come through on the other side of whatever circumstance I face.

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    1. That's an awesome strategy, Joanna, to focus on God's character. We know He is always good. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

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  8. Great points, Barbara. I really find that remembering God's past deeds in the Bible and for me personally helps me to offer gratitude. Blessings to you!

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    1. We know His character never changes so His past deliversnce and answers always work for us. Thanks for sharing, Annie. Blessings!

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