New Focus: Giving Thanks Always (#889)
We’ll continue our series today on having a new focus in life. We’ve been working through a class I’ve taught before, the Stayed Mind and the Peace of God class, which I believe has eight main topics which we’ve been recently covering in our weekly teachings. I should note that we skipped the Secret of Radiant Living — and although it is one of my favorite topics, we covered it in July so we didn’t cover it in this series. You are more than welcome to review that materiel, it is available in the class and in our teaching in July. Today we’re onto Giving Thanks Always. I feel thankfulness is greatly under appreciated for what it has to offer in our lives. Often there is so much focus on setting goals, a vision, charging ahead, and accomplishing things. These are themes in the Bible, sports and business and these things are good, but if you don’t have some thankfulness mixed in you’re just never satisfied, you’re always worrying about the next project and you will forget to just step back and remember all the great things God has already done for you. Having a vision, settings goals, praying for others, and moving ahead are all great things, but as we are doing that, if we take some time to remember what He has already done, not only will our lives be much more peaceful and more content, but we’ll have much more confidence that God will help us with that next problem, because we’ll remember what He has already done. Let’s start in Philippians 1.
Taught by Bruce Mahone, 20160131. All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Phil. 1:3-6 Be thankful when we pray for one another
Phil. 4:6-9 Let your own requests be made known to God with thanksgiving
Eph. 5:18-20 Giving thanks always for all things
Col. 1:12-13 Giving thanks unto the father…partakers of the inheritance of the saints
Col. 2:6,7 Abounding with thanksgiving (overflowing with gratitude)
Col. 3:15-17 Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, and be ye thankful
Col. 4:2-4 Pray with thanksgiving for a door of utterance to open
I Thes. 5:16-18 In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God
I Tim. 1:12-15 Paul called to ministry
I Tim. 2:1-6 Give thanks for all men…for all that are in authority
Phm 4-6 I thank my God, making mention of thee in my prayers