Down? Don’t Be. ;)

Are you thankful?

I’m just wondering, because you sure do seem down.

Phillipians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

We all have things we can be thankful for.

First off, God sent his son to die for us. Not only was that spectacular and miraculous, it was a selfless, loving act. Through God’s son, King Joshua, also known as Jesus Christ, we can have a relationship with God. Not only that, but forgiveness of all our sins and an open door to heaven.

Start off like this. Ask the question, “Am I thankful?”. It shouldn’t take long for you to realize whether the answer is yes or no. If not you should look to point one first. Obviously if you don’t believe in the creator God, or that Jesus came to die for us, then you won’t be able to feel the comfort of total forgiveness.

However alongside God’s main gift, He has also given us many other things. If you have a fully working body that’s already one thing. Here are a few other things…

  • Do you have somewhere to live?
  • Do you have friends?
  • Are you healthy?
  • Do you have a job?
  • Do you have a providing family?

If you say, “all of the above!“, then the question asked is are you praying about this stuff, thanking God for what he has given you? This is what Paul says we should be doing in 1 Thessalonians 5:18,

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

Even if you are thankful and praying there is one other thing that can get to us easily. Worry. Are you worried about this stuff? That you may lose your house, friends, family and job? Earlier quoted is Phillipians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything“. The more thankful you are for the things God has done for you, the more you can rely on him, knowing he will answer your prayers, so that you do not have to worry.

If you said, “none of the above“, or realize you are worried about these things and don’t believe that God can help, then the problem starts back at step one. In order to feel forgiven, guiltless, free, and loved, you have to listen to the many teachings of Jesus. He calls you to accept the fact that he has come to die for you and then raised from the dead so your sins can be forgiven and you can have a relationship with him. Galatians 5:1 says, “it was for freedom that Christ set us free…“. God’s goal is that we can be free of the enslaving planet we live on. A world which teaches us that we are not almighty, or perfect. A world that shows us, on the news, or even in our backyard that people are messed up and need some type of help, no matter what level of “messed up” that they are on.

To read more of what Jesus had to say about this and many other things, turn to the Gospel of John. Or go here and read it.

If you already have the main gift that God has given us, and are thankful for it and the many other things, it’s time to let him know. You don’t have to wait for a special moment, or fancy place. Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5, that anytime is the best time!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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