Giving thanks should never be occasional. It is a feature of the new-found Life in Christ.
Joy is the fruit of salvation. It’s not borne from any excitement of temporary relief. Rather, it is in-built, within the recreated Human Spirit.
We must never be found complaining or grumbling. Grumbling is a presence of doubt and anxiety.
Let’s check up with the references below.
Philippians 2: 14 Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves],
15 That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guiltless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world.
1 Corinthians 10: 10 Nor discontentedly complain as some of them did–and were put out of the way entirely by the destroyer (death). (Amplified Bible)
Philippians 4: 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Matthew 6: 27 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?
28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.
29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. [I Kings 10:4-7.]
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
When the cares of life seem overwhelming, the scriptures teach to PRAY and GIVE THANKS!
We aren’t giving thanks for evil, rather prayer changes things and giving thanks affirms the integrity of God’s word in every situation.
We give thanks because God’s Word is true and this causes joy and rejoicing.
Here are some reasons to be thankful:
Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light.
13 [The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
14 In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins
2 Corinthians 2:14 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
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
Grumbling after praying amounts to a waste of your time.
As James teaches, let not such a man think he can receive ANYTHING from God (James 1: 5-7).
When we pray about circumstances, whether family, personal or for our nation, let us give thanks to God!
1 Timothy 2: 1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and GIVING OF THANKS, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
As we pray let’s be thankful for God’s word is working and prevailing over our lives, ministries, businesses, families and NATION!
We refuse to grumble and murmur.
We give thanks because we PRAY!
I call you Blessed.
Jesus is Lord,We win!