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November 16, 2014 - Give Thanks in All Circumstances - I Thessalonians 5:18

posted Nov 17, 2014, 6:58 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:57 AM ]
Today’s Question
How do I give thanks when my spirit is crushed and I see terrible suffering all around me…even among those I love?

Answers:
  1. A Magic Word – You will be delivered from any distress by the magic formula of thanksgiving.
  2. A Severe Sovereign – God ordains the agony and horrors of humankind for the praise of His own glory.
  3. A Benevolent Bumbler – God, who is all-loving, suffers together with His children in the emerging destiny of the universe.
  4. A Loving Savior – Because we have a loving Savior you can give thanks in every circumstance…but not for every circumstance.
Lessons
  • The great drama of the Bible centers in the belief that God is at work for good in the lives of His people, no matter what.
  • Gratitude and thankfulness is the supreme act of faith and trust that God’s love will eventually bring good out of evil’s adverse circumstances.
  • I can give thanks even in the midst of trials, because in Christ I have received my salvation.
  • Thank God for His continued presence and power at work in your life.
  • If we face the “Son” the shadows will fall behind us but if we turn our backs on the “Son” all the shadows will be in front of us.
Pastor Jim Spon | I Thessalonians 5:18