Thanks-Giving is a Lifestyle, Part 4 - Abounding With Thanksgiving (audio)

Monday, November 25, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge...6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. 

Thanksgiving is a lifestyle. It is a way of living and thinking. Giving thanks to God keeps our heart clear and our minds positive. Just like a 2000-year-old Giant Sequoia tree is deep-rooted, impervious to disease and fire because of its three foot thick bark, so the believer is rooted in Christ, the source of our life and strength.

Giving thanks is a real life way to handle difficulties. Think about times when you have felt overwhelmed by problems and difficulties. If you can remember, those seasons probably lacked a time of deep thanks giving to God. There's absolutely no way to successfully handle problems without the balance of rejoicing and giving thanks to God which helps us realize His grace within our situation.

In verse 2, the apostle Paul talks about the importance of the knowledge of the mystery of God. A mystery is something perfectly plain to the person who has ears to hear, but is completely hidden to the person who doesn’t care and will not focus. One of the characteristics of believers who are active in the kingdom and making a kingdom impact is appreciating the significance of something that the Bible calls mystery.

The Lord wants to share insights with you that will radically transform your life, build you up, and establish your faith in Christ. This abundance comes through abounding with thanksgiving.

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