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Is it possible to be encouraged and not be thankful? Have you received good news, great gifts, huge blessings and simply not given glory or thanks to the source?

Joy
I find it a huge joy to have family, friends, food in my cupboards and a nice warm bed and I can easily give thanks for these. I must also thank Him for using me to encourage others through my blog and other ministry areas. However as Christians, we can be prone to pride that comes from success – even success in our ministries. In actual fact they are God’s ministries. We are clay in the hands of the potter – He shapes and fashions us to be used for His glory, to strengthen His church, to equip His people.

In Romans 1 v 21 it reads:

They knew God but they did not glorify Him or give Him thanks…

Dedicated in Prayer
When Paul was in prison, he wrote to the Colossian church. In his letter he tells them that he has a great struggle or conflict to pray for them, he prays that they become rooted and built up in Jesus, established in the faith and abounding in thanksgiving. Chapter 2 v 7. And again in chapter 4 verse 2:

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving brings humility and a reliance upon God. We recognise the great things He has done for us when we offer our thanks to Him.

Gratitude Protects
We can see a connection between watchfulness and thankfulness in Colossians chapter 4 v 2. We should guard ourselves with the continuing act of gratitude, thankfulness is an essential aspect of our faith. It will guard us against an enemy that is unseen and yet ever present…

Remember Jesus warned the sleepy disciples in the garden of Gethsemane to watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.

Again, recall Colossians 4 v 2:

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.

God bless you today.
Shine brightly
Julie x

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