The Power of Thankfulness to Save (My) Life

Thursday, November 14, 2013 Posted by Debbie Legg

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When I focus on what I do not have, I become resentful.  For as he thinks within himself, so he is. (Prov 23:7, NASB)

If I continue, the resentfulness grows in my heart and eventually spills out.  But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  (Matt 15:18,19 NIV)

The more I allow these poisonous thoughts to grow and spill out, the further I move from God. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Prov 18:21 ESB)  For the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23 NIV)

But, if I repent and return, I invite His Life and Love and Healing.  And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. (Ezekiel 36:26 NLT)

With Life and Love and Healing in my heart, I now focus on the abundant blessings God has already given.   Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. (Psalm 103:2 NLT)

Remembering all He has done for me, I am able to face the trials that come with thanksgiving and hope. Faith looks back and draws courage; hope looks ahead and keeps desire alive. (John Eldredge)  Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess 5:18)

In my increasing thankfulness I can worship my faithful, good, and loving God.   And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28 NLT)  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 118:1 NIV)

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