Pastor Pete

Giving Thanks

In the book of I Thessalonians we are told “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV

First lets look at the progression:

We are admonished to be of a rejoicing spirit at all times, then along with this we are to have a constant unceasing prayer life, then in everything give thanks.

I truly believe these build of one another, first rejoicing, then prayer, then thanksgiving

This also coincides with Philip. 4: 4-7

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:4-7 NKJV

The Holy Spirit kind of tells us how to rejoice always and that is by staying in fellowship in the Lord

Then a stern command: be not anxious about anything.

Then back to prayer with thanksgiving.

Remember this not Paul telling us this is his opinion, but this is scripture inspired by the Holy Spirit, declaring this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

I believe we all agree this comes not naturally for us, but it does not negate the fact we are to be disciplined in our Christian walk so much so that it must be our top priority to approach our Heavenly Father rejoicing, and that prayer, just talking to God becomes first nature. Then the thanksgiving is the spoken confidence that our gracious loving Heavenly Father does have everything under control, including all of our mess that we our selves made with no help from anybody else.

Remember Chosen one of God He does got this, therefore give Him continual thanks.

You see chosen all of this leads up for us how to live the beatitude.

“And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 5:1-3 NKJV

Poor in spirit blessed?

This simply means that the poor is completely dependent upon someone for their needs, and when we have this kind of dependency upon God we will be be blessed by God Himself with His very own kingdom.

Thought this is not our final home, there is a greater one just up a head!
“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”
Matthew 5:4 NKJV

I know and I agree none of us likes to mourn.

Now remember who Jesus was speaking to, a depressed people under Roman rulership which was extremely cruel, harsh, and over oppressive.

The Greek word here for mourn is the strongest in the Greek, like that of the lost of a loved one.

Now look how our Lord turns this around even when we are found in devastating situations we are promised by Him personally comfort.

Never lose sight of Your Heavenly Fathers promise to you…

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
II Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”
II Corinthians 2:14 NKJV

I conclude today because of the greatness of our Heavenly Father no matter what confronts us we can live in the assurance He will never abandon us, and the assurance He will always lead us in triumph therefore We can give thanks in all things.