I realize these are probably things we have all heard, but stop and consider how often you have kept a grateful spirit and attitude lately. How many frustrations have you allowed to dampen your spirit and cause you to doubt? Let those things go. Stop right now and let God know that you are thankful for what He is accomplishing in your life and all around you, even though you may not see it just yet.
Posted by on 5/18/2016
Yes, I realize we are nowhere near the Thanksgiving holiday. Unfortunately, we often only allow ourselves to take the time for giving thanks during the holidays. Recently, during my pastor's message, he read a scripture and it struck me. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (KJV) But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Often, this is quoted "thanks be to god WHO give us the victory." While this is by all means correct, as God is our creator and giver of all things including life itself, it does change the message of the verse. Which is an adjective used to describe a noun. In this case, which is pointing to thanks, not God. If the adjective there would have been referring to God, it would have been Who. All of this to say, I realized that this is just another confirmation that while God does give us the victory, He desires a child of His with a grateful spirit to give it to. God doesn't just hand us things on a silver platter anytime we ask. He has a perfect timing, a perfect will, and a perfect place for each of us.
Don't get so caught up in asking and waiting to receive that you lose your spirit of thanks. II Corinthians 9:11 says, "Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God." If we take the word thanksgiving and insert it's definition (giving thanks), we would see that God wants to enrich us in every thing to all bountifulness, but it comes through giving thanks.
This last scripture I am going to leave you with is one to really stop and think about. I Timothy 4:4 ,"For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:" Wow! So while you are sitting and waiting for your answer, God has it held out in His hand ready to extend it toward you, then you get impatient. Instead of continuing your thanksgiving, you start questioning Him. That scripture says nothing to be refused, IF it be received with thanksgiving.