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Daily Thankfulness

Friday, November 16th, 2018

In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

WRITE DOWN THREE THINGS YOU’RE THANKFUL FOR. Thank God for everything you can think of. The atmosphere of gratitude can foster amazing things. For starters, it breaks us out of selfish moodiness and prepares the way for us to enter into praise. As we accumulate things to be thankful for, we will get an increased awareness of God’s grace.

WRITE DOWN TWO BREAKTHROUGHS THAT SEEMED INSURMOUNTABLE, BUT GOD TURNED THEM AROUND. Faith comes by hearing the Word and it involves corresponding action. The Bible tells us consistently to stir up ourselves by way of reminder. Take time to build your faith in the Word of God and remember to thank God daily for past victories and future breakthroughs.

WRITE DOWN TWO THINGS IN PROCESS THAT YOU ARE BELIEVING GOD FOR. No one wants you to succeed more than Jesus does. He knows the challenges you will face and He understands every emotion you will ever have. He will supply clear, practical answers to help you face off with life’s problems.

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Thank You, Jesus! I give thanks with a grateful heart. Forgive me for any complaining. Fill my mouth with Your praises. Help me, Jesus, to be a person of blessing – to bless You and to bless the people around me. In Jesus’ name, amen!

grat·i·tude, noun
A feeling of thankful appreciation for favors or benefits received; thankfulness

Copyright © 2018 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. “gratitude.” Webster’s New World College Dictionary. Web. 12 Nov 2018 .

An Attitude of Gratitude

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

The reason. Because God is worthy of praise, we can daily acknowledge that something wonderful has been done in our lives! We have not one, but 365 days of thanksgiving.

Habit of thankfulness. The flesh is inclined to look at whatever is negative. Discipline yourself to look at what is praiseworthy. When you feel like complaining, thank God for whatever you can possibly thank Him for. As contagious as murmuring is, a thankful and grateful heart is also contagious!

Attitude adjustment. Paul, while in the middle of a terrible situation in prison, wrote the letter to the Philippians, where eight times he said to rejoice. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). God has called each of us to have an attitude of perseverance, of expectation—an attitude that crucifies selfishness. As you submit your heart, God will reveal areas where you need an attitude adjustment.

No Fear. God’s peace surpasses anything you can find in the world. We conquer our worries and cares by casting them on the Lord. When you encounter overwhelming circumstances, instead of losing heart, take it to God and pray (Luke 18:1).

Keep pressing on. While the world is anxiously looking for answers, you carry the truth. Now is not the time to waver. It’s time to be intent on one purpose, with hearts and minds in one accord with the Master’s work.

Sing praises to God. It’s good to be alive today. If you are feeling bottomed out, depressed, or anxious, God wants to restore joy to you. He wants to get you out of breakdown into a place of breakthrough. Take some time to sing praises to God. Even if you feel like you can barely open your lips, tell God how much you love Him. Remind yourself how great He is.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

thank·ful, adj.
Conscious of benefit received. Expressive of thanks. Well pleased.

Copyright © 2015 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Thankful.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 20 Nov 2015.

Flip Over to Philippians

Monday, October 25th, 2010

I love the book of Philippians! It represents the fruit of Paul’s obedience in Acts 16 when he didn’t go where he had a “good idea” but instead followed the “God idea.” The result of that missionary journey was a vibrant, alive church that funded outreach in city after city. Philippians has four chapters, and there are anywhere from 21 to 30 verses in each chapter. If you read the whole book out loud to yourself it takes about 12 minutes. Here are a few of the great verses to meditate on. Reading these kinds of things puts us back in touch with how amazing the redemptive power of Jesus really is.

Don’t Worry. Trust God.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7

Dealing With Life.
I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:12-13

A Heart of Thankfulness.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing. Philippians 2:14

Eight Things to Think On.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

God the Supplier.
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

I can’t think of any better response to this Gospel than to get evangelistic with it. God is looking for Philippian-type churches that will shape culture. We don’t need a comfort zone of religiosity. Instead let’s reach this generation and let everything we do translate into souls—more people in heaven!

God bless you.
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2010 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

Get an Attitude Adjustment

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Do all things without grumbling or disputing. Philippians 2:14

Stop finding fault. We live in a culture that has exalted fault finding to virtue status. It’s easy to grumble – “to murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly”* – but grumbling or complaining doesn’t improve anything. Paul talks about how the Old Testament Israelites were destroyed by their bad attitude, and he exhorts the Corinthian church to avoid the same pitfall and not “grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer” (1 Corinthians 10:10). The ones who grumbled got in a place of destruction and saw no breakthrough.

Adjust your attitude. Pastor and author Chuck Swindoll once said, “The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day . . . I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it.” Paul was in the middle of a terrible situation in prison when he wrote his letter to the Philippians – yet, he told them eight times to rejoice! “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).

And there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:4

Develop a habit of giving thanks. In everything give thanks. If we’re going to have habits, we might as well have good ones. The flesh is inclined to look at whatever is negative. Discipline yourself to look at what is praiseworthy and what is right in a situation. Murmuring is contagious, but so is a thankful and grateful heart.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright ©2010 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. *”grumbling.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 07 Sep. 2010.
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