“First of all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men.” 1 Timothy 2:1
I urge and encourage you to think about all the people in your life, whether unbelievers or fellow believers, and offer thanksgiving for them being in your life. It may be hard to be thankful for some of them, but if you remember that God has allowed them in your life, He has done so for a reason, and we should be thankful to Him for that. Additionally, if we do not see the reason why they are in our life, get into a conversation with the Lord and ask Him the purpose.
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” Philippians 4:6 (Amplified)
Our human tendency is to fret, be anxious and worry about everything and every circumstance. Oh that I would never have any of that depressing trio, but I battle with it just like anyone else. I’ve heard it said that worry is like sitting in a rocking chair – it keeps you busy, but you never get anywhere.
The Lord gives us a prescription for our worrisomeness (how’s that for a word) bring your concerns and circumstances to Him in a definite request. Yes, He knows what is going on in your life, but He wants you to humble yourself before Him and bring your problems to Him because you know He will take care of it. When you bring your prayers, petitions and requests to Him make sure you start with thanksgiving. Like thanking the lifeguard, paramedic or doctor on duty before they do anything, it lifts the situation out of your hands and into His.
So though it is hard to be thankful in every circumstance and in everything that happens to us, we can be thankful we have an awesome God Who can take care of whatever it is.
“I give thanks to Him Who has granted me the needed strength and made me able for this, Christ Jesus our Lord, because He has judged and counted me faithful and trustworthy, appointing me to this stewardship of the minstry.” 1 Timothy 1:12
I write this blog because I feel the Lord wants me to, it is my ministry. Whether a million people read it, or just one, or even none, it does not matter. Of course my flesh wants everyone to read it and love it, but that’s not why I do it. As a ministry I feel called to do this, it is the Lord’s doing, He leads me in what I am to say.
I am thankful that he has counted me faithful and trustworthy to do this for Him. It is the least I can do for Someone Who has done so much for me.
To quote JFK a bit, ask not what the Lord can do for you, but ask what you can do for the Lord – and be thankful.
“But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph, as trophies of Christ’s victory, and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere.” 2 Corinthians 2:14
So many things jump out at me from this verse. God leads us in triumph, we are trophies of Christ’s victory, and through us He spreads the knowledge of God everywhere. Oh, but let’s not pass over the evident fragrance of that knowledge. Did you know you smell? If you are a believer and you are allowing yourself, as a trophy, to be used by God to spread His word, you smell!
My favorite odor is a magnolia blossom, I hope I smell like that or maybe something no one has ever smelled before – a heavenly aroma.
“But thanks be to God Who gives us the victory, making us conquerors through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57
That is the reason for salvation, to give us the victory over hell and death! Thanks be to God for that redemption through our Lord Jesus! Praise His holy name!
“I thank my God at all times for you because of the grace, the favor and spiritual blessing of God which was bestowed on you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 1:4
In this verse Paul is speaking to the members of the Corinthian church, they are fellow believers. Reading this verse brought to mind my thankfulness for the believers I know, my brothers and sisters in Christ. Those I attend church with and those I don’t attend church with. All of these have prayed for me, comforted me, supported me and loved me.
I also want to thank God for those who may not be a believer that I know. I love them too, and my heart longs for them to open themselves up to a most loving God, who really only wants their best like any good father would his child. If you had a bad relationship with your earthly father don’t let that stop you from opening up to your heavenly Father. Whatever your ideal for the perfect father is, He is it.
I thank God for ALL these people in my life, because they have helped make me who I am today.
“Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks, but instead they became futile and godless in their thinking (with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations) and their senseless minds were darkened.” Romans 1:21 (Amplified)
So what happens when you ignore God and act like He doesn’t exist? Well this verse says your mind is darkened. I suppose it might compare to walking outside into the sunlight, when you move toward God, but walking into a darkened room or closet, when you turn from Him. The latter doesn’t sound like a very pleasant place to me, which do you choose?
All of creation honors and glorifies God every day when birds sing, flowers bloom and rainbows appear in the sky. Let us do the same so that our minds will not become darkened.