Be Thankful Every Day

Today America celebrates Thanksgiving. This is the start of the season where people put aside many of their grievances and are courteous to their fellow man. However, God wants us to be thankful every day. 

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

There is something about rejoicing, praying, and being thankful even for the smallest thing that makes a person both spiritually and physically healthy.

God is concerned for our well-being on both the physical and spiritual plains. To be certain that we remain healthy, He placed His Word in our hearts and His name is written in our DNA so that we have a peace about us that is well beyond our comprehension. When you hear someone talk about being in good spirits, that is an indication that the Holy Spirit is alive and working in that person’s life.

Unfortunately this peace is disrupted by the intervention of the devil as he tries to leave his mark on us through torment and temptation. Satan wants to see us suffer and would rather have us turn off the connection to God. He gives us false reasons to be bitter, to be jealous, to be hateful of others because their lives are seemingly better. It is not the status in this life that makes us better people but how we treat others. That is our measure.

As God’s Children we should be thankful for the little things in life that put smiles on our faces. From waking up in the morning to settling down for rest we should be thankful that God has blessed us with the actions of the day, even if the day did not go as planned. Yes we may have troubles but God is stronger. He is bigger. He is the one in control and the only one that can make our spirits bright.

Let us be thankful every day for the Lord is Good and His Love Endures Forever.

Be blessed Brothers and Sisters and bless others with the light that shines upon us and from us as we speak His name through our actions and words.

In God’s Love, Grace, and Mercy,

Rob, Servant of God

Be Thankful

Ok, so I know you feel inundated with people writing about thankfulness and then you saw this. Well, yes it is another but then again is it?   David writes in Psalm 138 humbling himself in God’s loving arms. He recognizes who God reaches closely to and who reaches out but just cannot seem to touch and feel the warm protection of God’s arms. Why does it seem that even in his riches, David consistently humbles himself? He knows God and always looks to Him no matter the circumstance. Yes he made mistakes and even broke the Commandments but God still made good on His promise due to David’s humility and the humiliation that he suffered later in life. God was always with him because of his faithfulness and thanksgiving. David knew who was in control and understood that in his wrongness, God would somehow make things right. 

Some people really miss the boat when it comes to trying to understand why God sometimes allows bad things to occur. We are tested on a daily basis by the Adversary but God will make good from the bad. Not right away and it might take a generation or two but it will happen. As we go about our lives in the world today, stay humble, do your best to do what’s right and even if you fail, remember God is with you and will get you back on track as long as you maintain your faith.  

Stop and Thank the Creator

Amazing Sunset

So many times people will look and think, “oh this is beautiful”, or “isn’t that a wonderful painting?”, when they really should be thinking and thanking the Creator of all things. This was one subject that hit me last night when we were sitting in worship with a group of young Christian College students Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville last night. I was there playing the Cajon (was coerced into playing) while a student played guitar and we just let the Spirit take us in the music. We sang many songs of worshipfulness and gave testimony to many things. My faith in the up and coming Christian adult generation was restored.

We are God’s greatest creation, even the angels bow before us. 

One young man in his early twenties who had a real rough life had given everything to God and spoke up about thanking the Creator as we look upon things that He created and the things that one He created then created as well (if that makes sense). In other words, we look at the beauty of nature and see what God has done in this world and thank Him but when we see a beautiful painting and glorify the artist, should we not also thank God for creating the artist and giving him or her that gift of creation.

Today we went to see some rebuilt old cars both national and international and all I could think of was thanking God for giving these creators the technical knowhow and the designs for these modes of transportation. Though some looked weird and futuristic, is was still amazing that some of these ideas even moved. Even the computer that I am writing this on this very second, God had given the gift to someone to be able to put this together so that I can write these words.

1 Thessalonians 5:18                                                                                                                     Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

It is amazing what we take for granted this day and age and only grip at God for natural disasters and when someone dies. Why does it seems we are always in the blaming zone when we should be thanking God for the water, the wind, the disruption making way for the new. We have sorrow for the loss of life and material things, yes but that doesn’t mean we should be angry with our loving Father.

The next time someone tells you to stop and smell the roses, say to the individual I will stop, thank God for creating the roses and then smell and see the beauty in God’s Creation.