Thank, do not complain | Religion

Steven, a faithful servant of the Most High, at the Church of Athens. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

My beloved, as we approach the Thanksgiving feast, I thought it was helpful to write to you on this subject, regarding faith and life. Too often my experience, with myself and others, is that we often seem to go through the negative side of things in life; we are slow to hear, quick to speak, and quick to anger. We also tend to accuse and think badly about others. When it comes to matters of faith, we start with an attitude of defeat and sadness.

These are natural characteristics of the human condition, not originally included in our makeup, but brought about when sin entered the world, thus tainting the “good” creation of God. As believers, we should strive to mortify such behaviors and thoughts, by the Spirit, as we walk in the newness of life. Our apostle and brother, Paul, suggested to the Saints in Galatia that they walk in the Spirit and in this way they would not fulfill the desires of their carnal nature.

Now let me echo his sentiments: Truly, saints, I have found in my own life that it is difficult to focus on the carnal things when my mind is already occupied with the spiritual things. So, Paul taught the Romans that they have their spirit renewed, or placed on the things of God, every day. Likewise, we can apply this same divine teaching with regard to the negative attitudes of our flesh.

Indeed, it is difficult to complain and worry when we give thanks to God. Surely we don’t have enough reasons to be thankful that if we were to name and meditate on them all, it would take the best part of our day?

Our brother, Paul, will also write the following on this subject: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in everything; for such is the will of God in Jesus Christ for you ”and“ (Give) always thanks for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-19 KJV, Ephesians 5:20).

How often should we thank God? Is one day enough? Certainly not! Should our gratitude be limited in any way? God forgive! We must always give thanks to God for all things. With our thoughts then on our blessings already received, it reminds us of his faithfulness and his love, and it gives hope for the future, which then produces joy. Yes, even in the heated trial.

Living in a state of constant complaint and negativity is easy and it often shows the residence of our minds: on the here and now only. However, as Christians, the scriptures command us not to walk by sight – the here and now as we experience with our five senses – but rather by faith. And what is faith?

The author of the Hebrews described it thus: “Now faith is the substance of things which one hopes for, the evidence of things which one does not see. (Hebrews 11: 1 NKJV).

Quite frankly, beloved, faith is trusting God for something, usually what’s to come.

James wrote saying that we should count on all the joy when various trials come upon us, for they work for the formation and sanctification of God in us through patient endurance, a work which began in us and will be completed on the day of the day. Christ. . Then we will reap a crown of life if we do not pass out. Indeed, the author and finisher of our faith and the bishop of our souls will help us in times of need! This current trial is not a trial, it is an opportunity to show our faith. This is an opportunity to give thanks – for all we already have and for what is to come.

I give thanks, glory and praise to my Lord Jesus Christ, who loved me and gave himself for me so that I could go free. Alleluia! I thank him for all of my needs that are met and for every blessing that has flowed from him. Blessed be his name forever and ever!

My beloved brothers and sisters, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be always with you, and joyful thanksgiving. Amen.

Steven Croft is the senior pastor of Boyd Memorial First Church of God in Athens.

Steven Croft is the senior pastor of Boyd Memorial First Church of God in Athens.

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