Posted by: missionventureministries | May 21, 2020

DEVELOPING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

…in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) 

While life has many challenges, we must not allow persistent and dominant fear and anxiety to destroy our peace of mind; because we can find God’s peace in face of the storms of life. Instead of being overwhelmed with worries, we can receive God’s peace each day. Then we can truly say that the joy of the Lord is our strength! (Nehemiah 8:10). 

As we identify the factors that cause us to be anxious, we must change the way we respond to these stressors. Instead of being overwhelmed we can pray and meditate maintaining a strong relationship with God by starting each day with an attitude of thankfulness. 

There are many things we can be thankful for, and the greatest is God’s love that He grants us every single day. And by having this kind of grateful attitude we experience a more satisfying life. 

Here are some steps we can take to cultivate this attitude of thankfulness. 

  • Spend time each day in thanking and praising God for His goodness.
  • Remind yourself of past blessings and how they have enriched your life.
  • Recognize the things that God has entrusted you with and express appreciation for them.
  • Connect with people who love Christ and have a positive outlook on life.
  • Express thanks to someone each day, text them a short note to bless their day.
  • Try to help others, through volunteer work. This gives us a sense of satisfaction and well-being when we touch the lives of others. 

Get familiarized with God’s Word and help others during difficult times. Here are some Scriptures that we need to be familiar with and should memorize: 

  • Cast all my cares, worries, and anxieties on God because He cares for me (1 Peter 5:7)
  • When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. (Psalm 56:3)
  • Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
  • Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6).
  • Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. (John 14:1)
  • The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
  • The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? (Psalm 27:1)
  • My God’s grace is sufficient for me, and His power is made perfect in my weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9) 

We have to trust God at His Word, and when we do we replace fear and anxiety with faith. The Bible tells us that God’s “perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18). We have to make the choice to believe in God’s Word instead of the situation we are facing; because, believing and standing on God’s Word should be our way of life.

Here are some steps to take to increase our faith.

  • Spend a designated time each day in prayer and meditation on God’s Word to build your faith.
  • Practice the presence of God throughout the day, and talk to Him and seek His counsel because He is your best friend.
  • Spend time thanking and praising God for His goodness even during difficult situations; because, God is well able to meet all our needs.
  • Share with other believers, in an atmosphere of mutual support and encouragement, and our faith will be built up.

No matter what circumstances come into our life, we can always count on God to be with us. Circumstances change, but God’s presence is constant. Psalm 139:7 asks, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” and then describes how God is with people anywhere they could ever go. 

Therefore, we must always remember that if we obey Him our greatest reason to be grateful is that God is always with us! 

The more we develop an attitude of contentment, the less changing circumstances will affect our emotional stability. Learning to be content – no matter what’s happening in our life – helps us learn to be grateful in any situation because we are acknowledging that God will accomplish good purposes even through the bad circumstances in our life. Just like the apostle Paul wrote: “…I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” (Philippians 4:11). 

In other words, no matter what is happening in our life, we can be thankful. The Bible gives us a long list of things we should be thankful for; here are some of them: 

  • That God is good (1 Chronicles 16:34)
  • That His love lasts forever (Psalm 106:1)
  • For God’s amazing grace (Hebrews 4:16)
  • For the wonderful things God does (Psalm 107:8)
  • Because God answers prayers (Psalm 118:21)
  • Because God gives us wisdom and reveals His truth to us (Daniel 2:22-23)
  • For other believers (Philippians 1:3) 

Please remember that thankfulness and trust are bound together. If we are trusting God, we are thankful. If we are not thankful, then we are not trusting God. Therefore, we need to develop a habit of trusting God, especially in trials, and to thank Him for the opportunity to see Him work in our time of need. For that reason we are to, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

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Responses

  1. So very grateful for your style of writing commentary on Gods own Word. You not only bless me- but your blog usually leads me to know who I should share it with. To God Be The Glory GREAT things He has done. Great things He will DO.

    • Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Thank you dear brother, as Jesus said we are to take the truth of God’s word to all the nations and only His truth we are not to add or take away from it. Blessings to you and your family. Your brothers in Christ at Mission Venture Ministry

      • Amen.
        I am Debra,
        a sister in Christ 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on xactlydeb and commented:
    This is my favorite ministry on WordPress.


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