Thursday, November 26, 2009

Think on These Things Thursday

Philippians 4:8--Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.

Thanksgiving Thoughts--Part Two
When should we give thanks?
In every circumstance. (God does not tell us to be thankful for everything, but to have a thankful spirit in every circumstance, including mountain tops and valleys! It is easy to forget to be thankful and take things for granted on mountain tops. It is easy to complain and whine in the valley. We should have a thankful spirit in every circumstance!)
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God
During our prayer time.
Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving...

Continually; habitually.
Hebrews 13:15--By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
For what should we give thanks?
For His goodness and mercy (forgiveness).
1 Chronicles 16:34-35 O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting.
For His protection.
2 Samuel 22:49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
For the wonders of creation and life.
Psalms 139:14 I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are thy works...
For food, drink and other provisions.

The secret of maintaining a grateful heart is contentment.
Thank him daily.
Psalms 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits...
Thank him no matter what happens.
Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
1 Timothy 6:6, 8 But godliness with contentment is great gain.... And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee...

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