Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pastor's Ponderings, February 8, 2016

Gratitude Is A Wonderful Thing!

Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar, the great author, salesman, and motivational speaker said, “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.  Ungrateful and unthankful people can sometimes drain the joy from being around them. Grateful and thankful people are just more fun to be around.  They appreciate the good things in their lives, put the bad things in their lives in proper perspective, and praise and thank God in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

The Bible says that since we are His children, we can go to Him with thankfulness and praise (Psalm 100:3, 4).  It is good to go to God not just for things or for more blessings or to fix bad situations, but we can go to Him with gratitude for what He has already done, is doing, and will do in our lives. God does not want us to worry about anything.  He wants us to simply come to Him with all of our wants and needs and know that He will hear, help, and comfort us (Philippians 4:6).

This week, let us remember that God wants us to be grateful for all that He has done, and for all that others have done for you.  Let us be grateful!

1 Thessalonians 5:18
New International Version (NIV)
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 100:3, 4
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3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Philippians 4:6
New International Version (NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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