This week we are starting a new series, How to be Happy in Tribulation. We will be looking at seven mindsets, or spiritual disciplines that will enable us to walk in joy and contentment while overcoming tribulations. The first of these mindset is Thankfulness.
God has supplied everything we need to walk in peace, joy and happiness regardless of what is happening around us. Happiness does not depend on outside circumstances but it depends on the life of Christ inside us.
'Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:' Ephesians 1:3 KJV
Thankfulness is a mindset that we can choose in any situation because we are never without a reason to thank God. Most people only give thanks when something good happens in response to a feeling of gratitude. The spiritual discipline of thankfulness comes from a deeper place of choosing what to allow yourself to focus on.
'Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you' 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 KJV
Today, you can take a step toward a mindset of thankfulness by making a list of things you are grateful for. Thankfulness is a choice.
Upstream Worldwide Ministries