[CF Devotionals] 2014-11-27 - Deliberate Thankfulness

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Colossians 1:12-13 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. 13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,

My Pastor periodically reminds us to be deliberate in our faith.

What does that mean?

In the case of being thankful it means being aware of what is happening around you and seeing God's invisible hand in those events. The simplest things, even daily events that happen at the right moment should not be taken for granted. We ask God to orchestrate our steps (Job 31:4) and when it happens we miss that prepared moment. The good news is that we may pick up on it later and recognize that what happened was no random happenstance and be more prepared for next time.

We are instructed to be thankful in all things (1 Thess 5:17-19). Paul and Silas were singing hymns of praise from prison at midnight (Acts 16-25). On the surface this may seem odd. They were thankful that they were counted worthy to share in the sufferings of Christ in sharing the good news! (1 Peter 4:13). Rather than seeing their freedom removed they had a captive audience for one thing.

In simpler things see God's hand moving. Be aware in the sea of events of what may appear in an ordinary day. Do not allow things not of real important to distract you. We have the greatest gift to share through our words and actions being open to God's leading.

Col 3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Thank You Lord for the open windows of Heaven that pour blessings down on us. Open our eyes to see people and events that You place into our paths for our blessing and Your glory. Amen.

Grace & Peace,

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All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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