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Sunday's Message
November 26, 2017

THANK GOD WITH REJOICING

THANK GOD WITH REJOICING

 

            Has anyone ever thanked you for something but had no joy while thanking you?  It’s not as wonderful as when someone thanks you with joy.

            We must learn to thank God with joy.  It makes God happy (Psalm 103:1-2).  It makes the people in your life happy, and it obviously makes you happy.

            But do we have control over whether or not we’re happy?  The Bible shows us that we do.  Otherwise, Paul wouldn’t command us to “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:16).  No one can say, “Well, easy for Paul to say.”  That man suffered beyond comprehension.  Yet he stubbornly clung to the belief that through God’s grace we can rejoice always.  It’s kind of like loving others.  Do we really have control over whom we love?  Through God’s power we can love everyone.  Otherwise the Bible wouldn’t command that we love others (Matthew 22:39; John 13:34-35; 1 John 4:20).

            This Sunday I’m preaching on “Thank God with Rejoicing” from Philippians 4:4-9.  Paul writes that we can rejoice always by having a gentle spirit, being anxious for nothing, praying always with thanksgiving, and letting the peace of God guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

            He makes it sound easy, doesn’t he?  I think it helps to realize that Satan wants to drag us down because misery loves company.  So, ask God to bind Satan from your hearts and become disciplined into thinking positive thoughts about God, others, life and yourself (Philippians 4:8).  Don’t punish yourself when you think negative thoughts.  Simply turn your thoughts over to God and say, “Lord, teach me to give thanks always!”  Then smile at the possibility and look forward to a positive future. 

           Don’t you love Thanksgiving?  Let your thanksgivings be eternal!

 

With love in Christ,

Dr. Jim Meek

 

 


 

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