Christian Life, True Spirituality, Part 3

Continued from 17/05/2012

In Paul's letter to the Philippians he deals with being thankful in every situation, Philippians 4:6 we read, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
"Do not be anxious about anything",here means: Do not be overcome by care in anything, by worry in anything, but rather “by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Of course, this is a statement concerning prayer in contrast to the worry, but at the same time it carries with it the direct command to thank God in the midst of the prayer for the “everything.” Or we may note Colossians 2:7: “rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. You will notice this is linked to the sixth verse:“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him.” What does it mean to walk in Christ? It is to be “rooted and "built up in him",and "established in the faith.” (And there are many of us who think this is by faith; the instrument to do this is faith) “Abounding therein with thanksgiving”; the final note is on the thanksgiving.

Then we find in Colossians 3:15:Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. And
verse 17: "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."And again in Colossians 4:2: Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. These words about thanksgiving are, in one sense, hard words. They are beautiful, but they do not give us any room to move within the because , "all things” includes All Things.

We read in 1 Thessalonians 5:18: give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. And this is linked to the next verse, verse 19: “Do not quench the Spirit..” Surely one thing is clear. God says to us: in everything give thanks.

I think we can see all this in its proper perspective if we go back to Romans 1:21: “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened."This is the central point: They were not thankful. Instead of giving thanks they “became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. The beginning of man’s rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart. They did not have proper, thankful hearts seeing themselves as creatures before the Creator and being bowed not only in their knees, but in their stubborn hearts. The rebellion is a deliberate refusal to be the creature before the Creator, to the extent of being thankful. Love must carry with it a “thank-you,” not in a superficial or “official” way, but in being thankful and saying in the mind or with the voice “Thank you” to God. As we shall see later, this is not to be confused with failing to stand against what is cruel in the world as it now is, but it does mean having a thankful heart toward the God who is there.

Thank you God-JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH, for your Son, Jesus the Christ , as you the Father has life in and of Yourself, so You have granted to the Son to have life in and of Himself. Thank you that your Son became the son of man, so that we sons and daughters of men can become sons and daughters of God. Amen!
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2 Responses May 18, 2012

great teaching

I just want to say thank you for your teachings, I look forward to them. God bless you.