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Thankfulness and Personal Peace

A thankful, believing heart can enter into many blessings, especially God’s peace.  In my brief experience, forty-four years of seeking, believing and growing in Jesus, I have learned that it is always better to choose an expression of thankfulness and praise in every situation.  I don’t always do it, but I’m going to keep learning to turn to Jesus. 

Philippians 4:6-7 gives clear directions: 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” 

We’ll come back to these verses in just a moment.

Do you have difficulty at times knowing how to express your thanks to the Lord?  Here’s what I encourage you to do:  Treat yourself to a prayerful tour through the Psalms of Praise, Psalms 100 – 118.  Pick the short ones to begin.  In these Psalms you will discover David’s language of thankfulness.   David faced huge challenges, and some dark personal sins.  But in response to God’s goodness and grace, David humbly turned his heart and mind to two things:

1. Prayers of confession.
2. Songs of thankfulness.

Do you know what to do about anxiety?  Start with scripture.  Philippians 4:6-7 guides you from anxiety and worry, into prayer in Jesus’ name, topped off with a heaping helping of thankfulness and praise.  Then comes God’s promise to lead you out of your worry and into His peace. 

Take a moment now to look up to the top of this page and read the verses again. Twice.  Slowly.  Let His instructions and promise sink into your thoughts.  If you will choose prayer and thankfulness in the thick part of your problems, God will open the way for you to experience His peace.  He is your peace. 

A thankful, believing heart opens the way to many blessings.  God’s peace in your life is one of His best blessings.  His peace will soon come upon you, when you choose to be thankful.

Blessings to you in His grace,

Pastor Rich Marshall

 

Read Psalms 100 through 118 by CLICKING HERE.