The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

  (609)646-1181

Church of Christ

12/10/2007

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"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ concerning you" (1 Thess. 5:18).

There is a legend about two angels----Angel Requests and Angel Thanks. Each morning they come from heaven and go on errends all day. At the close of the day Angel Requests has his basket full, but Angel Thanks has only a few in his basket. Have you ever stopped to consider how many "Thank You" messages you send up to God in comparison to the number of requests?

Thanksgiving is not an arbitrary choice we have, but it is a command from God. "IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS." It is not difficult to give thanks when life is going along smoothly and we have what we want. But what about the times when everything goes wrong? When we are sick? Discouraged? In despair? Heartbroken?

Regardless of our circumstances, we are told to give thanks; IN everything, not FOR everything. This is the WILL OF GOD FOR US, that no matter what our circumstances that we give thanks. Paul reminds us, "And we know that in all things that God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Rom. 8:28). It must be personal-----concerning YOU.

We may be going through testings and trials today. We can be thankful that God loves us enough to trust us with testings. We can thank Him for the necessary lessons we are learning. We can thank Him for the assurance of knowing that He has the answer for our need. As we thank Him for all the happenings in our life, the unpleasant ones as well as the pleasant, He can turn them into blessings. Thanksgiving can lift us above our circumstances. If we haven't been thanking Him for everything, lets take time to do it today.

Have a great beginning to your week. Let your light shine.....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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