Listening to the Father's Heart - May 22

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Son, I want to encourage you to do something that is contrary to what you are feeling in your present circumstances. I want you to begin thanking me.

Son, you are sad. I know why you are sad. Many of my greatest sons struggled with their circumstances. Consider Isaiah.  He struggled to understand his very existence and purpose (Isa 49:4).  All my sons and daughters have these doubts at times.  I want to encourage you to do something that is contrary to what you are feeling. I want you to begin thanking me. Don't thank me for the circumstances, but thank me for who I am and the fact that my presence sustains you.  Thank me for being a God who turns all things into good (Rom 8:28).  Gratitude is the currency to acquire a greater measure of my presence. You know I am always with you. But something happens when you begin to praise me, especially in situations where you are tempted to let your circumstances define your attitude. This is the enemy's strategy against you. He wants to subtly introduce doubts, causing you to question my love. Thankfulness will break that assault and release a new sense of hope in you. Take the next step, son. Begin to praise me in this circumstance.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.    Psalm 100:4

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.    1 Thess 5:18

 

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