JM’s Journal: Have You Thanked God for His Blessings Recently?


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Have You Thanked God for His Blessings Recently?

Thanking God Blesses His Heart and Yours Too

by J.M. Troppello


When was the last time you thanked God for all that He has done in your life? This is a great quote from pastor and church innovator, John R. Bisagno:


“All of us are grateful for the blessings of God, but expressing them verbally, not only blesses the great heart of God, but blesses our hearts, too.” – John R. Bisagno


I’m sure not everyone is always grateful for God’s blessings. I don’t always have a thankful heart either. Yet, I do agree that when I am grateful, I know it does bless my heart – and not just God’s heart. Cultivating a grateful heart can set your mindset – and then your productivity level in all areas of your body, soul, and spirit – on a positive trajectory each day.


16 Rejoice always, (I Thess. 5:16, NKJV)


This verse in I Thessalonians is short but very powerful. Yes, rejoicing is slightly different than being grateful, but they are both similar and important in your life as

a Christian. This doesn’t mean that you must thank God for the negative things that happen in your life, but you can thank Him for helping you through those times – and for giving you peace and joy through the Holy Spirit at work in your life.


17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thess. 5:17-18, NKJV)


This exhortation at the end of the book of I Thessalonians urges believers to build upon the encouragement to rejoice always by deciding to pray without ceasing. Believers are further urged to give thanks in everything that happens to you etc. because this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


So, it’s really God’s will for you to give thanks in everything? Yes, it is. Of course, that’s not always easy, but there is a purpose in this process of continual thanksgiving. It develops your faith. Giving thanks in all things keeps your focus on God, no matter what you’re going through. Remember that quote from John R. Bisagno, that being grateful will not only bless God’s heart, but will bless your heart as well.



This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

(Psalm 118:24, NKJV)


This is another verse that encourages you to rejoice and be glad in each day that the Lord has made. If you need some encouragement because it’s hard for you to be grateful today, read through some of the Psalms that are praise Scriptures. Take time to free write and jot down all the things in your life that you have to be thankful for. God is good. He has the best in mind for you, even if that includes – and it will – disciplining you.


God disciplines those He loves (See: Hebrews 12:6). God is still in control. You don’t have to worry about tomorrow (See: Matt 6:34). He will give you His peace through everything (See: John 14:27). He will deliver you from all your fears (See: Psalm 34:3). He will console you through your anxiety (See: Psalm 94:19). Nothing can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (See: Romans 8:38-39).


That is a lot that you can be grateful for. I’m sure if you take the time to think about it, you can find many more blessings that God has given you. Have you thanked God for His blessings recently?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello in Mustard Seed Sentine

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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