Always Be Thankful
1 THESSALONIANS 5:18 NLT
18 No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is
God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Bad things happen in life sometimes. There are times we don't
understand what is happening or why. But we can always be
thankful for many things:
God loves us.
Jesus died for us.
Our sins our forgiven.
Jesus has promised to never leave us.
God is our Father and He is faithful.
We have an eternal home in Heaven.
What we choose to focus on determines our attitude. While we
may face problems, we don't have to let those problems become
our focus. We can choose to give thanks and praise God for His
goodness and faithfulness.
Imagine how discouraged that will make the devil feel!
Also, think of the pleasure it must bring our Father God when
we stay in faith and focus on Him, instead of being distracted
by the stuff the devil does trying to steal our faith.
If you are always thankful, the bad things that do happen to
you will lose their ability to really harm you. For God will
work in your life.
SAY THIS: I choose to always be thankful to God, no matter what
"For the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised
you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow;
you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign
Let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we profess,
for he who has given us his promise may be trusted.
What Is Your Name?
GENESIS 32:27-28 NKJ
27 So He said to him, "What is your name?" He said, "Jacob."
28 And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but
God asked Jacob to focus on who he was, on how he saw himself.
Then God told him that was going to change.
What is your identity?
How do you identify yourself?
Who do you consider yourself to be?
Do you identify yourself by your past experiences, or do you
identify yourself by what God -- your Creator -- says about
God created you. He knows what you can do. He knows what you
can be. He has a great plan for you, starting now, but
extending through all eternity.
God wants you to begin seeing yourself according to His plan
for you, in accordance with what He made you -- regardless of
how bad your past may have been.
If you are in the Jones family, you see yourself as a Jones. If
someone asks who you are, you will tell them your name which
includes Jones. You need to begin to see yourself now as a
person in the family of God. You will never be the supreme
ruler of the Universe, but you are in His family.
1 JOHN 3:2 NKJ
2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been
revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is
revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
What does it mean to be children of God? Should it not cause us
to identify with Him? Should we not begin to see ourselves as
part of the winning team instead of thinking of ourselves as a
We ARE God's children! That is your new identity. Quit seeing
yourself as you used to be. Quit judging yourself by your past
shortcomings and failures. (I don't deny that we have all
failed -- but that is not God's plan for our future!)
REVELATION 2:17 NKJ
17 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the
churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden
manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the
stone a new name written which no one knows except him who
God has given you a new name -- a new identity! Believe it!
SAY THIS: My identity is with my new family, the family of God.
That makes me a winner, not a loser!
13.) For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Jesus Will Not Forsake You
DEUTERONOMY 31:8 NASB
8 "And the LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be
with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear, or
Here is my favorite translation of Hebrews 13:5, done by a
professor of Greek, who indicated that to understand what the
verse says in the Greek, it would have to be translated like
HEBREWS 13:5 WUEST
5 Let your manner of life be without love of money, being
satisfied with your present circumstances. For He himself has
said, and the statement is on record, I will not, I will not
cease to sustain and uphold you. I will not, I will not, I will
not let you down.
God's promise is He will never leave us or forsake us. Yet we
may sometimes feel hopeless and helpless -- like we are facing
life all alone. What is the truth?
Regardless of the circumstances, or how you feel, remember that
God cannot lie. He is there to help you -- and He always will
Feelings are fickle. Just because you feel a certain way does
not make it the truth. Yet we are all tempted at times to put
our feelings above what God has said.
Of course the devil will tell you that God has forgotten you,
or that you have committed the unpardonable sin, or anything to
get you to doubt the Word of God, and give up on your faith.
The devil is a liar and deceiver, but God is true to His Word
and will never fail you.
You just need to cooperate with God so He can help you and
bless you as fully as He desires. The key to this is learning
the Word of God, so you will know how to cooperate and receive
God's track record is perfect. He has never failed anyone. And
He will never fail you.
SAY THIS: Jesus will never, never, never forsake me.
46.)"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord', and not do the things which I say?
47.) "Whoever comes to Me, and hears my sayings, I will show you whom he is like;
48.) "He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house and could not shake it for it was founded on the rock.
49.) "But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great."