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)

As Christians, I think most of us have a sense that we are to be joyful and thankful all the time, especially during the Thanksgiving season. But we all have corners of our life that bring us sorrow, disappointment, pain and even disillusionment. Those are the facets of life that tug at our spirit of contentment and gratitude. Those issues can leave us feeling like we are lame Christians because we just don’t feel “happy” about them and if we let them, they can pull us into pits of despair. The secret to a joyful, grateful heart isn’t that we feel “happy” or “good” about everything in our life. There are things that simply aren’t happy, no matter how we look at them.

God doesn’t expect us to disconnect our minds from reality and live in some twilight zone of plastic happiness. Bad things are bad things. And they happy to godly people. God grieves over the brokenness in us and in our world. It isn’t wrong to grieve over them just as He does. The key to having a heart of gratitude amidst those difficult circumstances is being filled with an unshakable expectation that God will do something good with them, that He sits sovereign over every detail of life and that His character is good, perfect and loving.

Hebrews says that a sacrifice of praise is the fruit of lips that confess the name of Christ.

PRAYER LINE: Song. My faith looks up to Thee Thou Lamb of Calvary. Saviour divine. Now hear me while I pray. Take all my guilt away. Oh, let me from this day, Be wholly Thine.

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God is our refuge in times of trouble.

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