Do you give thanks in all things? Is that possible?
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Give Thanks in ALL things
December 1st, 2013 by Kasey Crawford
Today’s Passages: Colossians 3:17, 1 Thess 5:18, Psalm 107:1-10, 77:1-20, Philippians 1:18-19, Genesis 41:51-52
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
We are meant to be a people of thanksgiving that _____________ with gratitude in a world of negativity.
As part of the fight against cynicism, grumbling, and complaining, the scriptures reveal a people of God that are intentional about setting their minds toward thanksgiving, in _______ things.
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
One hugely important thing to notice is that it says, “Give thanks ____all circumstances.” It does not say, “Give thanks ______ all circumstances.”
How can we give thanks in all things?
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story… Psalm 107:-2
1. Practice recounting God’s ________ goodness in order to foster present ______________.
If we are not intentional about developing an _______________ of gratitude then it is easy to slide toward negativity.
2. When you remember God’s past goodness it brings __________ for the future.
I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me. 2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord…I consider the days of old, the years long ago. 6 I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Psalm 77:1,5-6
The Psalmist remembers the testimony of God in his life to stir up hope that since God has done it ___________ He will do it __________.
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. Phil 1:18–19
For the Apostle Paul, even though he is in prison, He can give thanks IN all circumstances because he knows what God has done in the past and is therefore ____________ in what God is going to do in the future.
Giving thanks in all things is a confession of ___________and _______ that God is a _________ heavenly father who loves to rescue and redeem and heal us from the pain and suffering of a broken world.
Even Joseph who was unjustly imprisoned for 14 years was able to say:
“God has made me forget all my troubles… and God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.” Genesis 41:51–52
That’s the kind of God we are children of. That’s the kind of redeeming, healing, delivering power we can hope in that ___________ us to give thanks IN all things.
Living as a Disciple…
What is God saying to you?
What are you going to do about it?
*Answers: shine, all, in, for, past, gratitude, attitude, hope, before, again, confident, trust, hope, good, enables
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