“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”
(1 Thessalonians 5:18).
The month of November is known for giving thanks. I believe gratitude should be a daily activity rather than solely an annual tradition. We may be thankful for temporary things, but true gratitude is gratitude to God and it honors Him. For when we are grateful to God, “we acknowledge he exists and our dependence on him. When we are thankful, we recognize that God exists, and we are acting on the reality that His life is the very source and” meaning of ours. “True thankfulness recognizes our total dependence on God and stems from realizing that everything going on in our lives and all we have is the product of God’s sovereign control, infinite wisdom, purposes, grace, and activity (2 Cor. 4:15).” God is strong enough to move those stubborn mountains in our lives. So I will give thanks to God when I have more than enough and when I do not because he is more than enough and knows what I need.
Additionally, be grateful to God because scripture tells us so (Psalms 100:4, Thessalonians 5:18, Colossians 3:15, 17). As it not only honors God but destroys depression, bitterness and hopelessness. There was a time I struggled with depression, but my depression was defeated by God. Because in God I found JOY. Happiness and joy differ in the sense that happiness is for a fleeting moment, while true joy comes from God. Thank you, God, for a second chance and for your neverending love.
One of my favorite songs is Praise Him In Advance by Marvin Sapp. Pray to God and thank him for things he has done and has yet to do. Praise him in advance and confuse the enemy.
So God I give you thanks for… your word, your faithfulness, breakthrough, deliverance, my family, a career in education, and the many things you have yet to do.
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The list of things you can thank God for is endless. Below you can contact me and Pastor and Pastora Nuñez for confidential prayer requests.