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Walking in Thankfulness

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Giving thanks seems like a very easy thing to do and thereby not much importance is given to it. I believe many miss the boat on the importance of walking in thankfulness.

By nature in this world of ours (and you know who is the god of this world) people have become experts in walking in criticism rather than being thankful.

Think about it. How many more times are we saying critical, judgmental comments versus saying thankful, caring words. Usually when we are being critical we are not happy. On the other hand if we have a thankful way about us we are at peace with ourselves. One of the evidences of a tremendous lifestyle is walking in thankfulness.

God values a thankful attitude. It pays off richly for the believer who walks not only with words of thankfulness but with a heartfelt attitude of being thankful. The believer has so much to be thankful for regardless how bad his day may be going.

Rarely do we need medicine for thankfulness, but when we are grumpy and complaining all the time, we are probably feeding ourselves upset stomach medicine, heart burn pills and on and on.

There are some 116 times “thankful” or “thanks” or “thanksgiving” is used in the Bible. God’s Word directs people to give thanks about 73 times.

Thankfulness is a powerful force against the poison of bitterness, jealousy and envy. Think about it. When you are thankful for who you are in Christ; and when you are gratefully serving in the Body of Christ; and when you have the expectation of Christ return at any moment, how can you be bitter, jealous and envious of others.

It is interesting to note that at the beginning of just about every Church Epistle is thankfulness for the saints. Regardless if it is a doctrinal epistle, or a reproof epistle or a correctional epistle, living thankfully is an essential ingredient for a fulfilling Christian lifestyle.

Romans 1:8:
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

I Corinthians 1:4:
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

II Corinthians 1:11:
Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

Ephesians 1:16:
Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Philippians 1:3:
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

Colossians 1:3:
We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

I Thessalonians 1:2:
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

II Thessalonians 1:3:
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

The attitude of thankfulness is prevalent throughout God’s Word. A marvelous emphasis of this is evident in God using the term “being thankful without ceasing.” Here are some examples:

Ephesians 1:16:
Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

I Thessalonians 2:13:
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Others you will enjoy reading are: Romans 1:9, Colossians 1:9, and II Timothy 1:3.

Despite what ills or problems that may be going on in our lives, we have so much to be thankful for. As we have seen in our Father’s Word, we should always be thankful, and expressing it all the time. Our attitude of gratitude should be one without ceasing as we keep our focus on the Father and who we are in Christ by walking in him with thanksgiving.

- Bob Lindfelt

 

Psalm 34
:3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

 

 

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

I Corinthians 15:52

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