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4 Ways to Worship When Giving Thanks to God Feels Way too Hard

When hard times come, many believers struggle with giving thanks to God when everything seems to be going from bad to worse! At some point or another, every believer has to battle to find the joy of the Lord and to worship during difficult seasons. While those are normal, human responses, the Word of God, the light in the darkness (Psalm 119:105), provides a spiritual response that challenges believers to put their faith over their feelings.

“Rejoice always,” Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica. Always? “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God, in Christ Jesus, concerning you.” But does that literally mean to give thanks to God for ALL things, even the bad things? (1 Thess. 5:16 & 18) Does that mean you have to stuff your emotions down, pretend nothing bad is happening and then work on giving thanks to God for it? Of course not! But how do you thank God for every blessing when you can’t see any?

If you’re spending more time fighting in the flesh than in the spirit, you may win the fights, but you will lose the war.

~Alicia Purdy

Paul, who experienced an ongoing string of problems, issues and attacks wrote that believers must learn to “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). Not because Christians are phony pretenders, but because Paul knew that living life according to your feelings is the fastest way to fail at everything. Only an ignorant, spiritually shallow person would walk around giving thanks to God for all things evil, painful and destructive! Why? Because bad things don’t come from God! Because bad things don’t come from God and

Giving Thanks to God for Every Blessing, Even in Hard Times

Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever,” the Psalmist wrote. (Psalm 136:1) “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no change or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)

The Bible is replete with the goodness of God and promises that His goodness will never change and nowhere in the Bible does it say that God causes bad things to happen for our “good”. He brings purpose and “works out” those bad things for our good as we walk according to His purpose, (Rom. 8:28) but it is unScriptural to say that God causes bad things when, in reality, the Bible says He is good!

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So, what did Paul mean when he said giving thanks to God for all things is what the Lord desires?

  • First, you must remember this: The Bible never says that everything that happens on earth was designed by or caused by God. Mankind has the free will to make good and evil choices that affect us all. You worship a God who calms the storms, sets captives free, rescues, restores and more! (Psalm 40:1-3)
  • Second, the Bible does say that in those things, through them and beyond them the Lord will create good things and work out bad things for the good of those who walk according to His plan.
  • Third, 1 Thess. 5:17 says that “The will of God in Christ Jesus” is that you worship the Lord! Giving thanks to God in all things is not something you do because LIFE is always good, but because GOD is always good. Introducing worship into your situation will strengthen your faith, focus your mind and keep you close to the presence of God, where the real power is.
  • Fourth, when it feels like there is nothing to give thanks to God for, you can and should always express your gratitude to God for who He is! You praise and worship not because you feel like it, but because worship is a faith action, which will confront your doubt and fears, thanking Him for getting you through everything (even if you’re not through it all yet), being with you through it all, being a refuge and a place to run and hide.

Thought for today: Giving Thanks to God in All Things is Faith Put into Action

Giving thanks to God in all things takes spiritual discipline because you’ll need to develop the ability to see things the way He does. It is an action that takes place outside of yourself, outside of what you’re going through and outside of what you feel. Worship cannot be based on how you feel or, let’s be honest, most people wouldn’t worship because they’re too overwhelmed, hurt, angry, tired and busy.

In everything give thanks” means “the will of God in Christ Jesus” is that you worship Him, not FOR everything, but IN everything, but because He is good! Worship is a lifestyle. It’s also a spiritual discipline and a spiritual weapon.

D.L. Moody once said, “The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle to fight.”

Worship is war. Giving thanks to God is the will of the Father for you because He wants you to win! If you’re spending more time fighting in the flesh than in the spirit, you may win the fights, but you will lost the war. Giving thanks to God in everything by worshipping Him is your secret source of strength, and as you press into that, you’ll find that the hardest part of the battle has already been won!

Keep Moving Forward in Faith and Worship in the War! Here’s Another Battle Strategy: “IT IS WRITTEN! 5 Ways to Use Scripture as a Defense”

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