Lord, we thank you for another day. thank you for keeping us safe throughout the night. Father we thank you that we are able to wake up this morning and see the sun shining bright. Thank you that when we got up out of bed, we had the full use of our body. Thank you God, that you decided to use me today to bring Glory to the earth. Basically...THANK YOU GOD... In Jesus name I pray,
Today I declare that I am grateful all you have done for me
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
(1 Thess. 5:18)
Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
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"Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Did you thank God today? For what, you may ask?
For anything other than your last meal.
Sometimes I can go an entire day without remembering God even once, much less thanking Him for His many gifts.
It is so easy to forget in the relative safety of the Western Church just how dependent on God we really are. No one is trying to kill or imprison us for our faith. Comfort can breed complacency. We need to combat this potential with the truth of God’s Word.
The right perspective
One of my favorite verses when thinking about being thankful to God is the first part of Acts 17:28: “For in Him we live and move and exist.” You are alive today by the power of God. You got out of bed today, perhaps took a shower, got dressed for school or work, and ate breakfast all because God is actively sustaining you. You exist because He continues to will that you exist.
Realizing this gives a completely new perspective to Jesus’ words, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” When you remind yourself just how much God has given you and just how much you need Him for everything, you can’t help but thank Him.
An attitude of gratitude
I want you to try something for a minute...
Close your eyes, focus on your breathing, and take five deep breaths. With each breath, I want you to simply pray “Thank you, Jesus.”
Go ahead, do it now. Seriously, stop reading and do it. I can wait.
For most of us, being able to breathe is probably at the top of the list of things we take for granted. However, each breath you take is a gift from God. Taking time to thank God for this most fundamental necessity of life can help remind us to have a heart of thankfulness.
Whether it is the air you breathe, the new day’s sunrise, or the embrace of a friend or loved one, thank God today for something you normally take for granted.
When times are tough
It’s easy to thank God when everything is “as it should be.” But chances are some of you reading this are going through some dark days right now. What do you do when you just don’t feel like saying thank you for what’s going on in your life? Here's two things to think about:
When all else fails, there is always one thing you can thank God for: the sacrifice of Jesus for your sins. You were once God’s enemy, but now you are His friend. You were once a child of wrath, but now you are a child of righteousness. You were once destined for eternal death, but now you have eternal life. Even in your darkest hour, you can thank God you don’t have to face that dark hour alone.
Praise God, and thank you Jesus!
"He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me". (Psalm 50:23).
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