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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Gratitude=Faith=Peace

This is a continuation on how to live normal when life is not normal

8) Express gratitude

Colossians 4:2
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

  • Few things restore and strengthen your soul more than a grateful heart.
  • It would be easy these days to get caught up in what you don’t have.
  • That’s a natural response to loss, and we all experience it to one degree or another.
  • The emotion that comes with that experience can be anywhere from discouraging to crushing.
  • But getting stuck there and dwelling on it is not helpful to you.
  • Do your best to focus on what you do have and the hope of a better future.
  • Those you lead don’t expect you to be superhuman, but they count on you to have hope.

How do we have hope? Trust what God is bringing into your life and thank Him for it. I know, I know, that sounds like I am crazy, but hear me out. There is a progression in trusting God.

Colossians 3:15-17
(15) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
(16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
(17) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Did you know that thanksgiving and peace are joined together through faith; you cannot separate the one from the other. When a christian expresses and shows grattitude, they show faith.

The outward expression of faith shows that you trust what God has allowed in your life. There is a progression here:

1.When you trust God, you will trust His will.

2. When you trust God and His will, you will realize that the different ingredients found in the making of that will, will work together for your good.

3.Once I realize that all things work together, then I realize that the things that are irritating, frustrating, aggrevating, and uncomfortable when mixed together in God’s perfect will; they will make my situation become amazing! I cannot explain how that will happen, but I can testify that I have seen God work amazing things in the background that I did not know about. When those things were exposed, I then saw how God was working in the places that I could not see.

4. The Peace of God that we see in Colossians 3, comes when we trust God and do not put Him on trial. I am at peace in my heart and soul when I trust what God allows in my life. The opposite is also true. When I do not trust God, I try to fix things on my own, and the things that are out of my control will drive me into a stressful way of life.

Please do not mis-understand, trusting God is not “rolling over and playing dead”; it is trusting what He is doing and not trying to manipulate the outcome by helping Him to do what is right (like God needs my help with that). In closing, let’s thank God today for the things that we enjoy and do not enjoy; in so doing we show faith and accept His peace in our hearts.

April 17, 2020 - Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church

1 Comment »

  1. Great message. Thank you

    Comment by Marie Watkins | April 17, 2020 | Reply


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