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A Heart of Gratitude Part 2

And Be Thankful

The overarching idea of Colossians 3:15-17 is thankfulness. At the end of each verse, Paul tells us, in one form or another, to be thankful. We are going to stay in verse 15 for another day to explore God’s peace further.

Colossians 3:15

Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Drowning in Knee Deep Water

Last time, we talked about a boat in knee deep water. Funny thing about knee deep water – it can float a boat and it can also drown you – if you lay down in it! It is exactly the same with our circumstances.

When we get down in our circumstances they tend to overwhelm us. However, when we realize that we can rise above them, we see that we do not have to drown in them. Standing on God’s Word and God’s character, knowing we can trust Him helps us to rise above circumstances. They may not go away but they will not consume us either. His peace can and will rule in our hearts if we focus on Him, trust Him that His will is best and it will go forth.

Trusting Him

In the midst of hard circumstances such as cancer, the death or illness of a loved one, a move to a new place, etc. we can trust Him. We can also bring God glory by simply trusting in Him to be who He says He is and trusting Him that what He says about us is true. We are His. He is in control of our circumstances and He is more than able to take care of us. When we can rest in these facts we will have peace.

Be Prepared

Today, with Colossians 3:15 in mind, I want to share some other scriptures with you that you can read and really think about especially during hard times. One thing is for sure, hard times are coming if you are not presently in the midst of them. A great way to prepare for hard times is to have a bank of scriptures that you have memorized or at least really thought about that can help you keep you thinking on God, His will, and His provisions. God’s Word is your key to peace, and this is letting the peace of Christ rule in your heart.

Vicious Cycle

One thing is for sure: We will keep thinking about what we are thinking about until we start thinking about something else. WHAT???

We tend to think in circles especially when we are upset. I am sure you have experienced this. You think about a problem and then say, “I can’t think about this anymore!” Thirty seconds later you realize that you are back on that same worry.

I mentioned a huge loss in our family a few days ago. My mind kept going back to the loss and how it transpired. My mind kept trying to complete the picture even though I did not nearly have all the details. We have to break that circle with a new thought. The right thought will bring relief and peace.

Make Your List

All that being said, please know this, we can change our thinking by replacing the thoughts that overwhelm and consume with the Truth of God’s Word. I hope you will start a list of verses that help you trust God more and help you think about Him and how He takes care of us.

Now to the list of wonderful verses:

  • Isaiah 41:10
  • Isaiah 26:3
  • Hebrews 12:2
  • Philippians 4:4-7
  • 1 Corinthians 5:21
  • Isaiah 43:6-7
  • Jeremiah 29:11-13

The Bible is full of words that tell us about God, who He is and who we are to Him. We have only barely scratched the surface of this rich mine of beautiful gems – His words and promises. He gave us His Word to help us know and understand who He is and who we are in Him. His peace will rule in our hearts if we do what He tells us to do. Seek Him like you are digging for treasure, because my friend it is more valuable that the purest rubies or the biggest diamonds! Dig them out, write them down on a 3×5 card and carry them in your pocket. Every time you feel yourself sinking, combat it with the verses that remind you who God is.

I leave you today with this prayer from Ephesians 3:16-21:

Lord, I do thank You for Your beloved whom have become my friends. I pray now as Paul prayed for the Ephesian church members:

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.

Oh! How thankful we should be!! Until next time my friends!

Go Deeper Today:

Matthew 6:33-34

 

 

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