Pastor's Article Nov. 20, 2022

Weekly Article
Living life with an attitude of thanksgiving, is the will of God. The Bible teaches us in no uncertain terms that we are to give thanks in ALL things; “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Th 5:18) Therefore we can conclude from this passage that the giving of thanks is not based upon a feeling but rather a willingness to be obedient in following the will of God. It is imperative that we learn how to live our life in an attitude of gratitude.
So let us look at the Word of God and find the instructions to living life with gratitude. We can look at James chapter one and find some great instructions on living a thankful life. James 1:2-4 (My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.) First, we see that it is how you classify your trials; the Bible teaches us that we are to count or consider our trials as a joyous thing. Obviously, we struggle with considering things that upset us and cause us hardship as joyous in our life. When you get sick or hurt by someone we usually don’t stop and say, wow! That was great! He is not saying that we are to manufacture some hypocritical feeling, but rather that we to look beyond the hardship and see the fruit that will be produced by it. In other words when things happen in our life it is only the beginning of what is going to happen. Secondly, we need to remember that God uses bad circumstances to lead to a better people. It is hardship that God uses to build stronger Christians and greater opportunities to bring honor to His name. Therefore, when bad things happen, just count it as joy because you know that it is for your good and God’s glory. Just as the storm cloud means the blessing of rain is on the way, so it is with storms in our life, they mean we are getting what we need to bear fruit for the Lord. Therefore, let’s give thanks today for what we know God is going to do tomorrow.
Rev. Wayne Marcus