Bill Stockham | PentecostalTheology.com
IT IS IN OUR BEST INTEREST TO BE REMINDED THAT EVERYTHING WE HAVE IS A GIFT FROM GOD. Without gratefulness, we become arrogant and self-centered. We begin to believe that we have achieved everything on our own. Thankfulness keeps our hearts in right relationship to the Giver of all good gifts!
“EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE, coming down from the Father…” (James 1:17) [THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE ALWAYS GO TOGETHER. We cannot adequately praise and worship God without also being thankful. Feeling and expressing appreciation is good for us. Like any wise father, God wants US TO LEARN to be thankful for all the gifts He has given us.] “Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER.” (Psalm 106:1) [Our Abba Father loved us when we did not know Him, He loves us now and His love will ENDURE FOREVER.] “…give thanks IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES; FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS FOR YOU.” (1 Thess. 5:18) [We do not necessarily know just what God is doing in our lives, sometimes we go through something we may not enjoy, but God always knows what is best for us!] “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER.” (Psalms 107:1, 118:1, 29 136:31 Chronicles 16:34)
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, giving thanks IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES; FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS FOR YOU!