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.”