Thursday, April 12, 2012

Every Christian Should Be Thankful


Romans 1:8

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As Paul began writing to the Roman believers about his motives, he told them that he was thankful for them.

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Paul did not found this church. It had been founded by another.

Many men would have been jealous of the blessings that the Roman believers were enjoying. These people were the talk of the entire world! Everywhere Paul traveled, the people were talking about those Roman believers!

But, instead of being jealous, Paul was thankful! Paul could praise the Lord whether it was part of his ministry or not!

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God wants His children to be a thankful people. In fact, a thankful spirit is the Lord's will for every single one of us!

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thes. 5:18)

We would all do well to learn to be more thankful for the Lord's blessings in our lives!

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Many Christians are not very thankful.

How does one go about cultivating a thankful spirit? The answer lies in placing Jesus Christ at the center of all you do!

If you make Him your sufficiency, then you will always be satisfied. If it takes material and physical blessings to make you thankful, then you are likely to be depressed and defeated. The secret lies in being satisfied with Jesus!

"I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength." (Phil. 4:10-13)

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Every Christian and every church should have the same testimony that these Roman Christians had!

These people were known everywhere for their solid faith and lifestyles.

The same should be true of every Church and every Christian!

Whether we are at home, on the job, at the market, or anywhere, there should be that testimony that marks us as belonging to the Lord Jesus Christ!

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