“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8
During this season of gathering together with friends and family, often reminds us to be thankful of those God has placed in our lives.
For Christians each day of every season is an opportunity to give and show thanks to God.
When we develop a regular daily practice of being thankful for what we have, for the people in our lives and for the fact God is always with us, our inner attitude will grow in gratitude.
1) It gets our eyes off ourselves, and helps us to focus back on God.
– It reminds us we’re not in control, but that we serve a Mighty God who is. It keeps us in a place of humility and dependency on Him, as we recognize how much we need Him.
2) It helps us to recognize we have so much to be thankful for, even all of the little things, which often we may forget to thank Him for…but they really are the biggest, most important things in this life.
3) It takes our attention off of our problems and helps us instead to reflect on, to remember, the goodness of His many blessings.
4) It reminds us that God is the Giver of all good gifts. We were never intended to be fully self-sufficient in this life. A grateful heart reminds us that ultimately God is our Provider, that all blessings and gifts are graciously given to us by His hand.
5) A heart of gratitude leaves no room for complaining. For it is impossible to be truly thankful and filled with negativity and ungratefulness at the same time.
6) It makes the enemy flee. The forces of darkness can’t stand to be around hearts that give thanks and honor to God. Our praise and thanksgiving will make them flee.
7) It opens up the door for continued blessings as it invites us into the throne room of His presence. Our spirits are refreshed and renewed in Him as we live in moment to moment letting gratitude become our lifestyle.
God loves to give good gifts to His children. He delights in our thankfulness. He pours out His Spirit and favor, over those who give honor and gratitude to Him.
Saying “thank you” will always reveal unseen blessings. We can always expect His gifts: the power of love, and the power to hope.
We can receive other common events like watching sunsets, eating dinner with a friend or sleeping in a comfortable bed as undeserved blessings. Developing a regular practice of gratitude, every day, is like a treasure hunt.
Digging for those pearls of God’s treasures are His gifts that we discover in the midst of suffering and pain.
God’s grace is enough to hold us, to carry us, and to create in us, new hearts, full of appreciation and thankfulness.
Thank You Father that we could gather around your table today and feast on the fellowship with our brothers and sisters. Thank You Father for each one who came today to share in the bounty of delicious foods. Thank You we can join in the most holy of fellowships with You.
Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you that you are Able to bring hope through even the toughest of times, strengthening us for your purposes.
Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you that you are always with us and will never leave us. Thank you for your incredible sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life.
Forgive us for when we don’t thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you’ve given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us and create in us a desire to worship and give praise to You Oh God.
We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy!
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