As I was meditating on the need for thankfulness in my life, I thought- is thankfulness a daily occurrence? Do I do more thanking than complaining? Scripture is specific on the need for thankfulness in our lives. In Old Testament times, the priests went to the temple daily and offered sacrifices with an attitude of thankfulness and praise. 1 Chronicles 23:30 And they were to stand every morning, thanking and praising the Lord, and likewise at evening, This same attitude was expressed by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “ give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
How do you get yourself into a thankful mood or attitude? Does it come with prayer, bible reading, singing or listening to Christian praise music? Does it come to your mind each day, during the day or is it a rare occurrence? Christ wants us to have an attitude of gratitude because of………. Think for a few minutes about what Christ has done for you- He has given you salvation, claimed you as His own, a heavenly home is being prepared for you, He is with you 24/7, His spirit lives inside of you encouraging, prodding and molding you to be more and more like Him, He promises to guide, guard, protect and defend you, He loves you beyond measure… That is why, He desires that we have an attitude of gratitude as we go about our daily lives. It will keep us focused on Him- His power, His sovereignty, His love instead of on all the problems we face each day. God knows that keeping our focus on Him will free us to live without FEAR and be filled with HOPE.
Be filled with gratitude today and be free in Him. Joyce Meyers gives us words to think about and challenges us to be delivered!