in all things you be thankful for this is the desirous will of God in Christ Jesus unto you – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
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1 Thessalonians 5:18 in all things give thanks, for this is the desirous will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Often times we think of thankfulness in regard to things that are good. We are thankful when life is going the way we would like, when we are at peace, and when, for the most part, life is wholesome. What about the difficult times in our lives or the problematic people? Should we be thankful for them? Why would God want a saint to have a mind that is thankful for all situations?
Having an attitude of gratitude comes from knowing who we are in Christ, what God expects of us, and how God controls the situations in our lives to bring about His glory.
What is the purpose of our life? Before we were saved, our focus was to fulfill the desires of the flesh. But now it is to glorify God. We glorify God by a life that manifests His opinion of who we are in Christ. By setting our minds on God’s opinion of us and living according to His view of us, we can be thankful in any situation because when we are loving God, He will work out any situation to our benefit to make us happy; a true happiness that can only come from living a life that enjoys all the benefits of who we are in Christ.
If we are not thankful, it is because our mind is not focused on the things of the Spirit, but rather on the things of the flesh. Having an attitude of gratitude is not being happy all the time. We can be displeased about something but still be thankful.
Difficulties in our lives expose who […]
1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks for this is the desirous will of God in Christ Jesus unto you.
Thankfulness is an attitude of gratitude due to a favorable disposition towards someone. Within the Christian life, thankfulness comes from being filled by the Holy Spirit, while speaking psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to yourself, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, which results in giving thanks in all things to God (Ephesians 5:18-20).
Because humans were not thankful, did not have a favorable opinion of God, even during a time when they all knew God, we see the impact today of the mind turning to futility with theories that are preposterous being presented as factual, such as evolution and false religions, along with the rejection of truth in every aspect of life. These all come from a lack of appreciation for what God provided for them (Romans 1:21). In the same way, when we are not seeking to fulfill the desires of the Spirit, we forget to be thankful for what God provides for us and lose sight of the fact that we have been washed from our sins while going back to wallowing in the filth of the old man like a dog returning to its vomit (2 Peter 1:9; 2:22).
It is a thankful thing that even though we still have a sin nature, that will manipulate us into doing wrong if we seek to live by law, because we live out from faith we have freedom from it in Christ and therefore with the mind we serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of the sin nature (Romans 7:25). Now there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus (Romans […]
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Having the same Spirit of faith according to what was written, 2 Corinthians 4:13
Referring to Psalms 116:10
The Author of the Psalm expresses His belief in God
He called out to God, and God saved Him
We Speak Because We Believe
Faith Always Goes Back to a Promise, Hebrews 11:1
The Reason Paul Speaks is Because He Believes God
Not a Belief Built on Presumption, but Actual Fact and Promises From God
Christ was Actually Raised from the Dead on the Third Day According to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:4
God Really Created a New Man in Which Christ is the Head and the Church is the Body, comprising of Both Jew and Gentile, 2 Corinthians 5:17
We Actually Possess Eternal Life and Therefore All Things Pertaining to Life and godliness, 2 Peter 1:3-4
God Will Raise Us Along with Jesus, 2 Corinthians 4:14
We Don’t Have an Experiential Knowledge Yet, For We Are Not Resurrected
When We See Him We Will Be Like Him, 1 John 3:2
We are Given The Holy Spirit as a Guarantee of Our Full Redemption, Ephesians 1:13-14
The Grace Super Abounding Unto Thanksgiving, 2 Corinthians 4:15
Grace Exists in Abundance
Grace is God’s Attitude Whereby He Gives a Benefit Without Consideration of Merit
Grace Increases Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is an Attitude of Gratitude
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Although The Body Is Decaying We are Not Cowards, 2 Corinthians 4:16
We Do Not […]
Opening a Door to Speak the Mystery of the Christ, Colossians 4:2-6
Continuing in Worship, Colossians 4:2
Keeping it close at hand
The Apostles devoted to worship and the ministry of the word, Acts 6:4
Have a boat ready, Mark 3:9
Worship is giving God credit for What He has Done, Revelation 4:10-11
We Should be Doing this Constantly, 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Worshiping With Thanksgiving
Having an Attitude of Gratitude
In All Things We Are to be Grateful, 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Concerning all, 1 Timothy 2:1
The Opening of a Door for the Word, Colossians 4:3
Speaking the Mystery of the Christ
The New Creation, 2 Corinthians 5:17
God Took of the Two and Made One, Ephesians 2:15
It was Hidden, but is Now Revealed, 1 Corinthians 2:6-8
Paul is in Bonds because of the Word of the Christ
Worshiping in Thanksgiving that Paul will be Able to Speak as it is Necessary, Colossians 4:4
Walk in Wisdom, Colossians 4:5
How We Conduct Ourselves with Those Outside of the Church
Wisdom is a Proper Use of Knowledge
If We Lack Wisdom, Ask and God will Provide It, James 1:5
Applying what we Know
What is God’s desirous will for me
How do I glorify (express a proper opinion of) God in this situation
Not a Worldly Wisdom, 1 Corinthians 3:19
Do Good to All, Galatians 6:10
Not Unequally Yoked, 2 Corinthians 6:14
We are Holy, 2 Peter 3:10-11