Are You a Living In Grace?

Ephesian 2:8

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God

If you are a fellow believer then you too are Living In Grace that is built upon the firm foundation of Christ our Savior. I pray that what is written here will glorify Christ and edify His body, the Church.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

2 I am Thankful

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Give thanks in everything.  Not just the things we like, appreciate, or asked for.  EVERYTHING.  Nothing Excluded.  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.   Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and His mercies endure forever.  Give Him thanks in the morning when your rise up for giving you another day and thank Him when your head hits the pillow for bringing you through once again.

Thank God for His mercy and Grace that has spared you.  Thank Him for carrying you through the hard times and thank Him for the good times.  Thank Him for His love, faithfulness, and His longsuffering ways with us.  Thank Him for keeping you from things you are unaware of and restraining the sinfulness of evil men.

Thank Him for friends, family, and the fellowship of the saints.  Thank Him for His never changing Word.  Thank Him for the bad times that draws you closer to Him and the good times for His abundant blessings.  He is God and He is worthy to be praised. 

We may not always understand our circumstances and we may not always know the path He is leading us down but He is faithful.  He orders the steps of the righteous and works all things together for our good.  He is in  Sovereign control so thank  Him that He holds the Universe together by the power of His word.

Thank Him for His discipline that proves you are His. Praise Him and love Him as a small child would a loving father.  Thank Him because now you are a fellow heir with Christ and a member of the household of God.  Remember Him, the one who redeemed you from the curse of sin and death and adopted you into His family.  Praise Him that you are now a child of God and a covenant member of His family.

At all times and in all ways thank Him.

Give Thanks unto the Lord for He is good, His mercies endure forever.

To God be the praise, honor, and glory forever. Amen


Mark Ashcroft said...

There is a great release in being thankful.  Especially in trials.  If the enemy is behind your trouble or just throwing kerosene on the fire, thankfulness completely disempowers him.  It shifts your perspecive from your troubles to God's power, from the pain of the now to the glory of eternity.  It teaches you the difference between happiness and joy - happiness is a function of what is happening at the moment so if you're in a trial, you're miserable.  Joy is internal and comes from realising your position in Christ.  If you determine to be thankful, you will find that joy starts to well up within you regardless of how dire your circumstances are.  Try it and be delighted!

Luther@Living In Grace said...

I have tried it and He is faithful as His joy does come in the morning.
Weeping has its place and is not wrong but learning to be thankful with put
this temporal existence in persepctive.

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