Tuesday, June 08, 2010

THANKSGIVING LIVING


“No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (TLB)


We all know how a Christmas turkey fills our stomachs. How does living gratefully fill our lives? What does thanksgiving DO to us? To understand the result of thanksgiving you need only look as far as the objects of thanksgiving. What we’re thankful for becomes the faith focus of our lives. If we’re not thankful at all we end up living a faith without focus. Thanksgiving has the power to bring God’s perspective and focus to our everyday lives!


When I thank God for his blessings it impacts my attitudes.


We all know what it’s like to be around the person who thinks the world “owes them something.” That kind of thinking fills a person with ingratitude and bitterness. What about the person who recognises through thanksgiving the wonderful truth that God has “given them everything.” That’s the person with the truly magnetic personality. The attraction is in their attitude of continuous joy. You cannot find that attitude in our world apart from thanksgiving.


When I thank God for His Character it impacts my character!


Thankful people become holy people. As you thank God for His patience you develop endurance. As you thank Him for his unfailing love you’ll grow an ability to love even the unloveliest, to love even in the worst of times. As you thank Him for His grace you develop a giving attitude. Praise not only pleases God, it changes us!


When I thank God for His Son it gives me a new sense of security and victory.


The results of the gift of Jesus are staggering, truly “indescribable.” Thankfulness is the proclamation of our trust in the truth that Jesus loved us and gave His life for us. When your faith focus becomes Jesus Christ then your life focus becomes victory!


Family Discussion Question: What character quality of God would you like thank God especially for this thanksgiving week?

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