Throughout the New Testament, Paul wrote a lot about the joy of thankfulness. He was a man who truly found His joy in Christ alone and lived with a state of thankfulness, thanksgiving and being grateful for all things-whether good or bad. I believe Paul lived in such a state that when faced with a “bad” situation, such as prision or stonning, he truly did not see it as it was. For his eyes were fixed on Jesus and he lived by the Spirit, so that which he faced, he ultimatley saw what the Father was doing in any given situation and abided in that. For what we always see as “bad” here on earth, the Lord see’s as good; good in the sense that He can work all things out for His good, and through situations that we may feel uncomfortable in, the Lord can do much through that we can naturally see. For Paul lived in that state of seeing good out of all things, never living in lack but abundance and never being discouraged but being led by that whom is always faithful.
“always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father” Ephesians 5:20
“giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.” Colossians 1:12
“Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Colossians 3:17
To live in a state of Euchariesto :to be grateful, feel thankful, give thanks- we must be constantly abiding in that whom all good things flow from, Jesus Christ. For when we live wholly for Him, nothing else will matter. All situations will be positioned before Him perfectly,so that His goodness may flow into it. For when we are continually fixed on the Lord and hosting His presence, our minds will be renewed which brings about transformation within us. The more we gaze upon Him, we will not be fixed so much on the earthly standard of how things should look or should happen. For through Christ all things are possible, He is limitless, and when we continually look at Him through all situations, He abudance will be able to flow. For although we do not always understand why things happen, what will come out of it, or how to get through it- Jesus does, and it is only when we let go of our self will and control that we leave room for Him to work. To see God move greatly, we must stand in a place of great faith-although it will feel uncomfortable, the Lord will come through.
Just as Paul lived in a state of thankfulness, we can too. We can live constantly giving thanks for we have so much to be thankful for. Jesus died so that our relationship with God could be so natural and all that is capable of supernaturally would become normal for those who abide in Him. The Father longs for us to find pleasure and joy in Him and as we love and enjoy all things of Him and from Him we will be living in that state of thankfulness.
How can you be more thankful in your life? What is stopping you from giving thanks in all situations?
Next time you are faced with a hard decision, lay it down wholly at the foot of the cross. Let go of all self desire and control to do it how you want to do it, and give thanks to the Lord. For He is our provider, our comforter, our healer and our source of life. We are daughters and sons of the Father, all that is His, is ours. For His love is big enough to touch every life. His love is able to transform evil to good and bring life from death. His love is strong enough to hold us up when we are weak. And His love alone gives us enough for us to be thankful constantly, trusting in Him for He will never leave us as orphans.
“Rejoice always ; pray without ceasing ; in everything give thanks ; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
For we were created for beauty, to pour radiance out of us and for the Holy Spirit to flow through us. Just like an instrument, they are made to brings forth beauty and radiance. But without breath moving through them, they will never be used for what they were created for-to sing a song for all to hear. For we are created to be used as instruments of the Lords love, to allow the breath of His Holy Spirit flow through us, creating the move beautiful song the world has ever known. When we all turn to the Lord with thankfulness and allow Him to flow through us who He is (joy, love, hope, peace, etc) we will all come together to create a beautiful symphony for the world to not only hear but see in all of His gloy. For just like a flute, the bigger the holes are, the more space the breath has to flow through, creating a louder, stronger sound. Those who abide in the Lord, giving more of their lives for Him to use and flow through-the more He will be able to pour out Himself into the world. For Eucharisteo is ultimatley – thanks based upon the joy that comes from God’s grace. The more we live in constant awareness and understanding that the Lord is our sustatiner, the giver of life and the source of all we have-the more we will gaze upon His beauty with gratefulness. For without Him, we would be nothing. For through Him, all things are given. For He is the essence of life, He is the beauty of every sunrise and the radiance from a smiling face.
Today take time to sit in thankfulness before the Lord, asking Him for a deeper gratitude for all things and whatever may be hardening your heart towards living in a state of thankfulness, ask Holy Spirit to reveal that to you and empower you to live contstantly giving thanks to Him whom deserves it. For when we live in a state of thankfulness, nothing will be able to bring us away from the Lord. The enemy will do whatever he can to bring us away from abounding in love and grace by hardening our hearts and discouraging us from seeing the goodness of God. Remember our God is good, He is happy and He is love. All things God is able to work out for good to those who have their eyes fixed upon Him.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
1 Chronicles 29:11-13
“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.”