The Gift of Being Thankful is Life-Saving

The Gift of Being Thankful…

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The Gift of Being Thankful is Life-Saving

I heard recently, in one of my churches services, that we should thank God for everything. Even if its something bad. That’s hard to do, but we should – we were told. Yes – the gift of being thankful is life-saving. 

The rest of the service was pretty darn good, but that little tiny bit could be a stumbling block to someone who is already stumbling or those who have walked away from God. So I must disagree with it.

Let me explain…if I may.

God’s a good good God. He’s also very wise. Is He not? Yeppers. He sure is. 

God is not the cause or giver of your stubbed toe. He is not the reason for your intense weight gain. 

We live in a fallen and sinful world. Somethings happen due to this world we live in.

Are you seeing where I’m going with this? 

If He’s not the giver or the cause of the bad stuff in our lives then why in the world should we thank Him for it? 

He’d be shaking His head and thinking, “Why are you thanking me for for something harmful to you?” 

He would want us to start speaking His TRUTH over the situation, to Pray and ask for Healing, to Speak into the Situation.

But…to thank Him FOR the bad thing – like pain or cancer or loss – I just don’t think so.

Here’s where I believe we should go in all things and in all situations we face…

We should Give Him Thanks IN those situations. Give Him thanks THROUGH the Storm. 

We are to ALWAYS give God Almighty thanks – period. 

On the other hand, God can use any event, person, situation for our good.

He can and does use a lot of trials and difficult happenings in our lives as a training ground. He can use them to help mold us into the people He wants us to become. 

Take heart. 

The tragedy doesn’t last.

The turmoil doesn’t last. 

The hardship doesn’t last. 

Trust me on this. I have been through a few things in my life and at the time it seemed it would never end. No…it wasn’t fun. It wasn’t easy.

I am, although, so Thankful for the person I have become through it. 

My heart is kinder to those hurting. I am more understanding of those going through similar situations.

Enemies of a Thankful Heart

  • Shame
  • Bitterness
  • Guilt
  • Hate
  • Un-Forgiveness
  • Un-Repentiveness 

We need to keep the hurt and situation in perspective. When we dwell on that issue it appears to be huge and the whole world to us. If we can look past it and look upon the good and with a grateful heart – that issues hold on us will become smaller and smaller.

Best Ways to Battle Depression

  1. Stand in Courage & Focus on Joy. Jesus had the gift of thankfulness. It truly was life-saving for all of us.
    1. Hebrew 12:2 The Voice (VOICE) – “We may feel alone, but we aren’t. We are surrounded by an army of witnesses. They have run the race of faith and finished well. It is now our turn.”

      Now stay focused on Jesus, who designed and perfected our faith. He endured the cross and ignored the shame of that death because He focused on the joy that was set before Him; and now He is seated beside God on the throne, a place of honor.

  2. Stop Complaining. Being unthankful can open up doors of sadness and depression to your heart. It becomes your everything. Stop the habit of complaining by catching yourself and saying something hopeful instead – no matter how silly you may feel. 
  3. Praise God. Stop, drop, and Thank God for this day and for your life. Thank Him for what He is doing in your life and for your family and friends. Get Grateful. Jump for Joy. Don’t feel it? Keep doing it until you do. 

2 Chronicles 20:15-30 (The Voice) – Jahaziel: 15 Listen to me, all Judah, citizens of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat. The Eternal has responded to your pleading: “Do not fear or worry about this army. The battle is not yours to fight; it is the True God’s.16 Tomorrow, they will travel through the ascent of Ziz. Meet them at the end of valley before the wilderness of Jeruel. There, I will be watching.17 Stand and watch, but do not fight the battle. There, you will watch the Eternal save you, Judah and Jerusalem.”

Do not fear or worry. Tomorrow, face the army and trust that the Eternal is with you.

18 Jehoshaphat bowed his head low, and all the assembly fell prostrate before the Eternal and worshiped Him with reverence. They trusted the Lord completely. 19 Meanwhile, the Levite families of the Kohathites and Korahites stood up to praise the Eternal One, True God of Israel, with very loud voices.

20 Early the next morning they went out to the wilderness of Tekoa. There Jehoshaphat’s message to Judah was not about courage in battle.

Jehoshaphat: Listen to me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Trust in the Eternal One, your True God, not in your own abilities, and you will be supported. Put your trust in His words that you heard through theprophets, and we will succeed.

21 Having addressed his people, Jehoshaphat asked those who sang to the Eternal to lead the army and praise His magnificence and holiness.

Chorus (singing): Give thanks to the Eternal because His loyal love is forever!

22 As they sang and praised, the Eternal was ready to cause great confusion in battle for the men from Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir (in Edom) who had come to attack Judah. They were utterly defeated, turning on one another.23 The Ammonites and Moabites attacked the men from Mount Seir, destroying them completely. Then, the Ammonites and Moabites turned on each other. 24 When all was quiet, Judah looked out of the watchtower in the wilderness and saw a great army of corpses fallen on the battlefield. No one had escaped. 25 Then Jehoshaphat and his people took various goods, clothing, and valuables off the dead bodies and seized the abundant livestock. There was so much that it took three days to recover it all. 26 On the fourth day, they assembled in the valley of Beracah, where they had blessed the Eternal and where He had blessed them with a victory, and named the place, “The Valley of Beracah,” as it is still known today.

27 Every man of Judah and citizen of Jerusalem followed Jehoshaphat back to Jerusalem, joyous because the Eternal defeated their enemies. 28 They paraded into Jerusalem with harps, lyres, and trumpets and up to the Eternal’s house.

29-30 For the rest of his reign, Jehoshaphat’s kingdom was peaceful because the Eternal had fought the Southern Kingdom’s enemies, making all the surrounding kingdoms fear the True God.

Although Jehoshaphat is fully committed to God, his reign is not without trials. He fights many battles against his neighbors and is successful because of his reliance on God. God uses these battles to give him greater power and more territory in the region.

Jehoshaphat has the gift of being thankful. It was life-saving for him.

Be sure to always Thank God in advance. We are to Thank Him before we see an answer. Our agreement with God in words and heart is extremely powerful. 

Overflow with Thanks of Life in general. It is a Gift…