Being Thankful in Tough Times

Updated: Feb 28

Sermon Series: Being Thankful

11/7/2021

LIVESTREAM LINK: https://youtu.be/3Iadq9OomLA

1 Thessalonians 5:18 AMP. “in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”


Let’s just face it. Many people are struggling to be thankful especially when times are tough.

TIMES ARE TOUGH FOR IS ALL.


With COVID-19, the mask, the crazy mindsets, so many people dealing with losses. Losses of jobs, losses of loved ones, many people loosing their zest for living.


I read an article that spoke of the numbers of people dealing with suicide, depression, mental illnesses is spiked to a level that is is so out of proportion.


I have struggled with being thankful dealing with the pain of a back injury, lawsuit, working to lead our church, and serve my wife and family. It is very challenging when times are tough.


1. NO MATTER WHAT:


1 Thessalonians 5:18 AMP. “in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”


I just love the Amplified Bible. God gives us this command, “IN EVERY SITUATION.


SITUATION MEANS: all of the facts, conditions, and events that affect someone or something at a particular time and in a particular place.


Listen to this command from God. IN EVERY SITUATION—-NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES BE THANKFUL.


YOUR SITUATION SHOULD HAVE NOTHING AND NO EFFECT ON YOUR BEING THANKFUL.


WOW, SURE SOUNDS SO EASY BUT WE KNOW HOW REALLY DIFFICULT THIS REALLY IS.


HOW COULD GOD ASK US AND EVEN COMMAND US TO NE THANKFUL REGARDLESS OF OUR SITUATION?


If you read this without truly understanding Gods formula you will say like most, IMPOSSIBLE NO WAY, NEVER GONNA HAPPEN.


IF GOD COMMANDS US TO DO SOMETHING THEN HE KNOWS WE CAN REALLY DO IT.


IN EVERY SITUATION, NO MATTER WHAT.


NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION IS GOD SAYS BE THANKFUL. GOD IS NOT SAYING NE THANKFUL FOR THE HURT, PAIN, LOSSES. HE IS SAYING WE HAVE THIS AMAZING POWER TO BE THANKFUL NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION WE ARE FACING OR WILL FACE IN THE FUTURE.


BEING THANKFUL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR FEELINGS OR EMOTIONS. LOSS IS LOSS, PAIN IS PAIN, BUT THERE IS A PLACE.


There is this place where we can NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION OR CIRCUMSTANCES BE THANKFUL.


CIRCUMSTANCE MEANS: a fact or event that affects a situation.


This sounds so crazy to us when we go thru hurts, pains, losses. How can we be thankful no matter what the situation or circumstances?


God we need your dynamic insight to help us see how to be thankful. How do you be thankful when you were let go from your job? How do you be thankful when the person you loved walked out of your life? How do you be thankful when you and your family are going thru though tough times?,


THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD. BE THANKFUL NO MATTER WHAT. OK GOD HOW DO WE DO THIS? I need your help because I can not do this in my own strength.


QUOTE: Ruth Bell Graham - We can’t always give thanks FOR everything, but we can always give thanks IN everything.


YELL OUT NO MATTER WHAT. BE THANKFUL TO GOD.


HERE IS WHAT I REALIZED WITH THIS COMMAND. I CAN NOT DO THIS WITH JUST THIS VERSE. SOMETHING IS MISSING. THIS IS THE COMMAND, BUT WHERE IS THE HOW TO?


2. CREATING THE ATTITUDE OF THANKFULNESS.


1 Thessalonians 5:16 AMP. “Rejoice always and delight in your faith;”

HERE IS HOW YOU BECOME A NO MATTER WHAT BE THANKFUL PERSON.


MOST PEOPLE CAN NOT DO THIS BECAUSE THEY ARE LOOKING AT ALL THE THINGS THEY ARE DEALING WITH. THEY ARE ALLOWING THE SITUATIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE TAKING PLACE OUTSIDE OF THEM TO CONTROL THE INSIDE OF THEM. THIS IS WHY NO PEACE, NO JOY, ANGER, BITTERNESS, HURT, FRUSTRATED ALL ARE ROBING US.


HERE IS THE START OF A NO MATTER WHAT LIFE OF THANKFULNESS.


REJOICE MEANS: to feel joy or great delight. This has nothing to do with things on your outside life. Rejoice is something on the inside. This joy on the inside of you manifest on your outside life.


How do I get this level of rejoicing?


DELIGHT IN YOUR FAITH.


DELIGHT MEANS: a strong feeling of happiness : great pleasure or satisfaction

: something that makes you very happy : something that gives you great pleasure or satisfaction.


I delight in my faith because I think where I was headed before Jesus. I delight in my faith because Jesus found me when I was lost. I delight in my faith because I could note save myself. I delight in my faith because I should dead, locked up, or worse still lost but Jesus in His love and mercy rescued me.


My worst day in Jesus is still better than my best day without Him.


3. PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.


1 Thessalonians 5:17 AMP. “be unceasing and persistent in prayer;”



4. REJOICE AND DELIGHT IN YOUR FAITH


1 Thessalonians 5:16 AMP. “Rejoice always and delight in your faith;”


THERE IS A WAY TO BE ABLE TO BE NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION OR CIRCUMSTANCES.


THE REASON MOST OF US CAN’T BE THANKFUL NO MATTER WHAT IS MUST START FIRST IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.


YOU MUST BE GRATEFUL EVERYDAY, EVERY MOMENT FOR YOUR SALVATION. I AM SO THANKFUL THAT I AM SAVED AND SET FREE AND GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A LIFE IN JESUS THAT I WOULD NO WAY BE ABLE TO CREATE.


I WAKE UP THANKING JESUS. I SHOULD BE DEAD. I SHOULD BE BLIND, PARALYZED, OR NOT ABLE TO SPEAK BECAUSE OF THE STROKE I HAD.


WE FORGET WHAT JESUS GOT US OUT OF. WE FORGET WHAT HE DID FOR YOU. WE FORGET ALL THAT HE BLESSED US WITH. WHEN YOU FORGET YOU ONLY SEE WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE OR WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH.


Deuteronomy God reminds the people to remember when they were slaves in Egypt.

Do you remember what Jesus set you free from?


Rejoice and next is when you have this attitude of Gratitude you will step in this place of praying without ceasing. When you are not living in a place of Thankfulness you will not pray like this.


When we are so excited about our live in Jesus we will pray all the time. You will stay in communication with your Lord all the time.


Now we can be Thankful in tough times NO MATTER WHAT.


THERE IS A STORY WHERE PAUL IS SPEAKING


“Because of my chains [seeing that I am doing well and that God is accomplishing great things], most of the brothers have renewed confidence in the Lord, and have far more courage to speak the word of God [concerning salvation] without fear [of the consequences, seeing that God can work His good in all circumstances].”

Philippians 1:14 AMP

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