Scripture Reading: I Thessalonians 5:18
"In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (I Thessalonians 5:18). If they are honest, some who read this verse may be thinking, "Are you serious, Lord?" Of course we give thanks for the good things that happen to us; but how can we possibly be expected to give thanks for unpleasant things? Two illustrations come to mind.
Job truly suffered the loss of all things in a material sense. His wealth, children, and finally his health were all taken away from him. Yet his response was, " ... the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD" (Job 1:21b). When even his wife advised him to "curse God, and die," Job could respond, "What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?" (Job a.iob). Here was a man who could give thanks in all things because he realized that before God, he deserved nothing at all.
Paul was another man who was called to suffer. He gave up position and power far above his peers in the religious world to follow Christ. Yet having done so, he was beset with a "thorn in the flesh." Could he thank God even for this? Yes, indeed! You see, Paul had the assurance from the Lord that "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." Because of this, the humble apostle could cry out, "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me" (II Corinthians 12:9). We must come to realize that God has a purpose in everything He allows in our lives. Then we can truly give thanks for all things!
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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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