BRINGING A SACRIFICE OF PRAISE                 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (vv16-18)

How can we practically offer a sacrifice of praise and live out the words: “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased? Here’s some practical ideas for offering a sacrifice of praise to the Lord during thanksgiving season. Are finances tight? Has your family experienced the loss of a job? Pray for the Lord to show you something you have to share and ask Him for direction for who might have need for this particular item:

Are you a single parent who is struggling to care for the needs of your family? Is there perhaps a way that you might bless another single parent? Invite such one over to your home to share – Thanksgiving dinner.

Has your health been an issue for you? A woman at a previous church suffered greatly with migraines. She shared that on the days she was trapped in the horrid walls of pain, she would do her best to focus on the others in the church who were hurting physically and emotionally and lift them before the Lord. She said she figured that when God allowed her to have those bad days, it was a good reason and the best she could do with them was to pray through her pain for the pain of others.

PRAYER LINE: Father, grant us the vision and grace that would enable us to praise Your name in our hardships and give most generously from our lack. Thank You Lord in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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The Lord allows our rough edges to be smoothed over through the sand paper of life.

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