Weekly Devotional 8-11-19 How Thankful Are You, How Thankful Am I?
How thankful are we Christians? Do we really appreciate what Jesus has done for us, for what He is doing daily in our lives? Have we become so lukewarm that we don’t daily consider that we once were lost and under the curse of God? That we were condemned to an eternity of banishment from the kingdom of God, and the consequence of that banishment, eternal suffering for our rejection of His authority over our life. Or have we become so lukewarm toward Him that we don’t seek His guidance daily? If these things are true of your life if these things are true of my life, how can we say that we love Him?
It is recognizable that all human relationships run hot and cold, but in the spiritual realm, this should never be the case. We Christians are the children of God and endowed with the Holy Spirit; God Himself resides within us. Human relationships suffer when those relationships are not nourished, and it is the same with a Christian’s relationship with God. If we fail to nourish that relationship, it will suffer.
It would be of great benefit to us Christians if we would follow the encouragement of Paul to the Philippians. To them, he wrote: “4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9 NKJB).
From Paul’s encouragement, we can deduce that to have an attitude of thankfulness we need to train ourselves to continually rejoice in the Lord (Vs. 4), and we need to daily consider what it means to be Christian (Vss. 5-9). Our thankfulness will only remain steadfast by active participation in our relationship with our Lord. Remember we war against our old natures, the fallen world, and Satan. To have victory over the fallen world, and Satan, we must feed our new natures, which has been created in us by our Lord and Savior.
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