“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV).
The Bible tells us, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV).
Notice the Bible doesn’t tell us to thank God for everything. We’re told to thank God in everything.
There’s a big difference between the two. You don’t need to thank God for everything. You don’t have to thank God for cancer or someone’s death.
But you can be thankful for something at all times in your life. You can always find a blessing in your life to be grateful for.
In fact, God includes gratitude in the Bible’s classic text on overcoming stress in Philippians 4. When we’re stressed and worried about something in life, the Bible says to “ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart” (Philippians 4:6 GNT).
Grateful people are less stressed.
It’s hard to be stressed and grateful at the same time.
Gratitude gets your eyes off of yourself and gets them onto others. Instead of looking at what they don’t have, grateful people look at what they do have.
That choice always leads to less stress.
A THANKFUL ATTITUDE opens windows of heaven. Spiritual blessings fall freely onto you through those openings into eternity. Moreover, as you look up with a grateful heart, you get glimpses of Glory through those windows. You cannot yet live in heaven, but you can experience foretastes of your ultimate home. Such samples of heavenly fare revive your hope. Thankfulness opens you up to these experiences, which then provide further reasons to be grateful. Thus, your path becomes an upward spiral: ever increasing in gladness. Thankfulness is not some sort of magic formula; it is the language of Love, which enables you to communicate intimately with Me. A thankful mind-set does not entail a denial of reality with its plethora of problems. Instead, it rejoices in Me, your Savior, in the midst of trials and tribulations. I am your refuge and strength, an ever-present and well-proved help in trouble.
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
HABAKKUK 3 : 17 – 18
God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.
PSALM 46 : 1 (AMP)
Tell God Your Fears and Temptations
Let me ask you to think about these questions –
In what area of your life do you need more self-control? What is your greatest fear? The fear of failure? The fear of bad health? The fear of a divorce? The fear of rejection? The fear of the future?
Jesus wants you to talk to him about the areas where you’re most tempted. He wants you to talk to him about the things you most fear.
He understands our fears and temptations: Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15 TEV)
The Bible says Jesus came to earth and experienced every temptation known to man, the same ones we experience, yet he didn’t give in. It is not a sin to be tempted; the sin is when we give in to temptation.
And that means when you pray — “Jesus, I’m struggling in this area. I keep stumbling. I keep failing” — Jesus understands because he’s been there. He knows what it’s like.
The Bible says we can have “confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.” (Hebrews 4:16 TEV)