It is not always easy to give thanks, but this is the very thing we must do in order to see God’s will accomplished in our lives. This is how we move into higher realms of FAITH for ourselves, for our city, and for our nation.
Sometimes, we do not understand the true importance of being ‘content’. I was talking to my friend yesterday and we were discussing about the things that we want to see happen, but we failed to realise that we have all we need, it is because we are seeing it from a different angle. Because our friends have told us that they have received what they wanted, we tend to start questioning God, assuming that He has not heard our prayer. But that is where you need to stop and think. Just because your friend received something that you want, it does not mean that you should forget your own blessings. Health is more than a blessing! It is better than any job, earnings, car and other materialistic possessions. We must always have a thankful heart in every situation. No matter what happens, whether you apply for a job and didn’t get it, or you didn’t get the promotion from work, you will always have something to look back on and be happy about.
There are some people who you may or may not know that has a need, and you have that need but do not realise. It could be because you are blinded spiritually, and is feeding your flesh with the things of the world. Let us remember that those who are of the world are not of God. You must remember that craving for early things will not enable you to grow spiritually. Not only is it about having a thankful heart, but it is also about having a thankful attitude. Philippians 4 v 6-7 says that we should not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (7) And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. So to explain, when you are talking to God about your needs, do not worry about them; instead pray about everything that you want God to do for you. Of course we have needs, but our needs should not be above Gods needs for us. We must remember that everyday is an opportunity to live for God, and to live RIGHT!
When you give thanks in the midst of difficulty, you bring pleasure to God’s heart. He is looking for Christians who live in a realm of praise and thanksgiving where the enemy no longer has an ability to hold or manipulate that person.
1 Thessalonians 5 verse 16-18 says “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.
Are you thankful for your present circumstances? Are you thankful for your salvation, your friendships, and your job? Thankfulness is a key to your life. It is the key that turns your situation around because it changes you, your outlook, and your attitude. There is power in a thankful heart.
Your attitude says a lot about you. From a smile, to when you open your mouth, to your body language…all these things God sees. When you have a thankful heart, Satan is defeated because thankfulness during difficulty is a sacrifice pleasing to God. So can I ask you, are you thankful?
Instead of feeling discontented, begin to thank God for all the blessings he has given you instead of dwelling on the negative. Discontentment dries up the soul, but having a thankful heart nourishes and gives life to the soul. Let us be reminded of this daily as we seek to please God.
Who remembers this song: “Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks unto the Holy one, give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son…And now let the weak say I am strong, let the poor say I am rich, because of what the Lord has done for us…GIVE THANKS! In every situation ladies, give thanks to God! I guarantee everything you desire shall come to pass once you have an attitude of thanksgiving!