We give thanks unto God in all things. In any circumstance, we can thank God, trusting that He is working all things together for our good. It’s not for all things; it’s in all things because all things do not come from Him. The devil, the world and the flesh are the source of many undesired things, but our God is our very present help in times of trouble.
In whatever situation we find ourselves, we give thanks to God, by faith, knowing He is bringing His victory to the situation. Everything means everything, no matter how small or how big. God cares about everything that pertains to us. He watches over us, handling every detail. Along with giving Him thanks in all things, He tells us to pray without ceasing; and to rejoice forevermore. We can’t always rejoice in our circumstances, but we can always rejoice in our Lord.
Regardless of how long it takes for us to see the results of what God has prepared for us, we never cease to pray. We rejoice forevermore because one day we will look back on today and give glory to God for what He has done. We can depend on God’s faithfulness. We can thank Him in all things because He knows all things, He can do all things, and He uses all things in our lives to take us … from glory to glory!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
When we remember the work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, of others and ourselves, we give thanks to God. We are to remember faith, love, and hope without ceasing because it enables us to stand by faith and remain victorious during trials and tribulations. Our faith for what is coming increases.
What we remember affects our prayers. When our focus is on the weaknesses, failed expectations, or on the lack of changes in some areas … our faith and hope in God working in our lives and the lives of others diminishes. We see the connection between prayer and thanksgiving throughout the Bible. Love motivates our prayers and keeps them fervent. They avail much!
Remembering, even briefly, what the enemy has done can plant seeds of fear and hinder our faith. We rebuke his lies by remembering and praise God for His truth. We do not see our glass half empty, but half full. Praise God, we have a glass! We also remind each other to walk in faith, hope, and love, from glory to glory!
1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.”
Out of ten lepers who received healing as they obeyed Jesus’ instructions to show themselves to the priest, only one, a foreigner, returned to give glory to God. Are we like this one, or like the nine? To be thankful increases or faith in God and His promises while enabling us to be content in all things.
Satan tries to get us to focus on our unanswered prayers instead of being grateful for the answered ones. He knows that our gratitude stirs up praise and shifts our negative attitudes. We cannot thank God and complain to Him at the same time. Giving thanks, not just to God, but to others, helps us appreciate God’s blessings and keep anger and strife away from our lives.
There is not enough room to list all that God has done for us! Even after years of being saved, our thankfulness should be just as heartfelt as it was at the beginning of our walk with Him. We are to have an attitude of gratitude. It’s not the lack that we look at, but on the God who is more than enough. Our prayers turn into praises, from glory to glory!
Luke 17:17-19 “So Jesus answered and said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?’ And He said to him, ‘Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.’”
The moment we are born again, we live in the Spirit. It is because we live in the Spirit that we can walk in the spirit. We learn not to step into the fleshy things because we are in the Spirit. Because we are spiritual beings, we can take a spiritual step. We can step deeper into the rivers of His glory when we know we are already living in it.
In the Kingdom of God, most principles oppose the natural realm. We die in order to live. We let go of the past in order to lay hold of the future. We release others in order to be released. We receive in order to give. Seeing is not believing; believing is seeing. We speak things that are not as though they are. We walk by faith, not by sight.
In the world, they spend much time on intellectual or physical development, but not on spiritual development. In Christ, our spiritual development leads the other areas. By meditating on the Word, resting in God and seeking His presence, we exercise our divine identity. We walk in the Spirit, because that’s where we dwell, from glory to glory!
Galatians 5:25 “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Jesus had spit on the eyes of the blind man, put His hands on him, and asked him if he saw anything. When the blind man looked up and answered that he could see men like trees, walking, Jesus put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up again. The blind man then saw everyone clearly. Spiritually, our Lord touches us again and again until we see clearly.
As we seek Him for guidance, He brings clarification and confirmation of His will again and again. He will gradually bring to light what we need to know. We never have to walk in darkness when we follow Jesus. He is the light of the world and when our decisions seem cloudy, we ask Him to touch us again and again until our next move is visible.
Our Lord anoints our eyes to see what He has for us. Receiving His sight, His vision for us, gives greater clarity to everything we see. We see Him, others, and even ourselves with increasing glory. What a blessing it is to know that even though we see dimly now, it is only temporary. His hand is upon us, from glory to glory!
Mark 8:24-25 “And he looked up and said, ‘I see men like trees, walking.’ Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.”