Too Blessed to Complain.
I recently read this saying on a Christian sign. Looking at our lives can be an opportunity to reflect where we are on our faith journey. We can use this moment to ask the question: do we see through the eyes of faith or through the eyes of circumstance? If our needs are being met, our health and circumstances are good, it is easy to give God glory for His kindness. When we find ourselves in trying and difficult circumstances then our faith is being tried and tested. What will be our reaction be? Do we complain or do we remember how blessed we have been by our Lord?
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 will help us to know what to do to keep our faith alive. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
This scripture gives us the steps of keeping faith alive in our hearts as we walk through the challenges of life. This is solid, faith building instruction. To remember our blessings, we must be people who remember to rejoice or thank God for His work in our lives at all times.
Verse 16 instructs us to Rejoice. We are called to be people who know how to say thank you to God and show Him our appreciation for what he has done for us. Another term for this is worship. Do you worship God during Sunday services and during the week? It will keep you focused on the goodness of God.
The next instruction is to Pray Continually. Prayer is a private conversation you have with Jesus within your heart and soul. I have always thought of it as talking with Jesus. We don’t have to use a specific set format or say it in a special way. Prayer activates your faith even when you are feeling as though you have no faith during the difficult times.
Give thanks for every situation and circumstance. God will work it for our good even though it may be painful. These 3 simple steps will keep our faith growing in all the seasons of our life.
I trust the blessings of God continue to follow you. Remember that our Summer Service times have not changed. I look forward to seeing you each Sunday at 10 AM. We do have the church open for prayer each Wednesday evening from 6 to 7 PM. Come and join us.
Yours in Christ,
If you missed our Sunday Service or just want to refresh youself !
Our Sunday Service will be broadcast on Winchendon Public Access Cable TV Channel 8 Fridays, 9:00-10:30 AM and 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Wednesady nights Pastor Cal will be having an hour of prayer from 6-7pm here at the United Parish in the sanctuary. Where one or two are gathered together in His name, Jesus's presence is there. Please come and join Pastor Cal and enter into the presence of the Lord while praying for others who are in need.