Thanksgiving Day is a day that our government has set aside as a national holiday and a day of thanks. But, as Christians, everyday should be a day of thanksgiving to God (and others)!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) says “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Obeying these three commands often goes against our natural inclinations.
Our joy, prayers and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. When we make a conscious decision to do God’s will, we will begin to see people in a new perspective and we will find it easier to be joyful, pray continually and give thanks.
We cannot spend all our time on our knees, but it is possible to have a prayerful attitude at all times. This attitude is built upon acknowledging our dependence on God, realizing His presence within us, and determining to obey Him fully.
Then we will find it natural to pray frequent, spontaneous, and short prayers. A prayerful and thankful attitude is not a substitute for regular times of prayer and giving thanks but should be an outgrowth of those times.
Be Thankful Even If You
Are In Difficult Circumstances.
The Bible does not teach that we should thank God for everything that happens to us, but in everything. Evil does not come from God, so we should not thank Him for it. But when evil strikes, we can still be thankful for God’s presence and for the good that He will accomplish through our difficult circumstances.
Do Not Be Anxious About Anything!
Philippians 4:6 (NIV) says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Imagine never being “anxious about anything”! That seems like an impossibility because we all have worries on the job or business, in our homes, in our relationships and at school.
But the Bible advises us to turn our worries into prayers. Do you want to worry less? Then pray more! Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray, give your worries to God, let them go, and thank Him for taking care of them!
We Are God’s Representatives.
Colossians 3:17 (NIV) says “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Doing “all in the name of the Lord Jesus” means bringing honor to Christ in every aspect of our life and daily living. As a Christian, we represent Christ at all times – wherever we go and whatever we we say or do.
What impression do people have of Christ when they see or talk with you? Is your light shining brightly? If not, what changes should you make in your life in order to honor Christ?
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