Being Grateful in an Ungrateful World
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
Giving Thanks should be a Lifestyle not an Once a Year Occasion
Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Suffering Provides the Greatest Opportunity to Demonstrate The Validity of Christianity.
2 Chronicles 20:21-22 Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the
LORD, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for His love endures forever.” 22) As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.
Thanksgiving Opens the Door to God’s Power - which Opens the Door to Victory
Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. 7) Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
1st Give It to God
1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.
Philippians 4:8-9 Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9) Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me -everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
2nd Organize Your Thoughts
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light and momentary troubles are
achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18) So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always; 17) pray continually; 18) give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus