Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Christian Thanksgiving and Worry

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christian thanksgivingIt’s thanksgiving week for the United States, but as Christians this definitely shouldn’t be the only time we offer thanks!

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Phil 4:6-7

It says not to worry about anything!

What about the economy?

What about the president and what he’s doing?

What about the wars going on around the world?

What about your job and your family’s health?

What if your business isn’t turning out the way you expected?

It says we’re still not supposed to worry.

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.”
Phil 4:6, AMP

It actually sounds like a command…one I need to pay more attention to personally.

Instead of worrying, we’re told to pray with specific requests and then give thanksgiving to God.

Ask Him to handle the situation we are tempted to worry about…and then thank Him for the answer.

The two, prayer and thanksgiving, go hand in hand here.

There have been times where stresses and worries have come in, and I’ve forgotten to pray about them.

And it’s even more often that I forget to provide thanksgiving for everything God has already provided for in my life.  And in this passage we’re supposed to connect the prayer with the thanksgiving, so we’re thanking God for answering even before we see the response.

If we do this, He gives us a valuable promise.

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Wow…who doesn’t need some of that?

The peace of God will guard our hearts and minds. 

Think of it as if the peace of God was guarding your heart behind castle walls.

As we can see this is a conditional promise.  If we pray and offer thanksgiving in all situations and worries, then the peace of God will guard our hearts.

We know what we’re supposed to do.

The hard part is to keep it in our memory and act on it consistently.

It’s easy to remember thanksgiving this week…at least in the US.

Before I started online, I remember praying for wisdom about my financial situation.

He led me to the internet.  And while the Internet was not a quick answer, it was the right direction.

I kept this passage in my memory well during that period and thanked God for his leading even when things didn’t go correctly at first.

I’ve forgotten it and haven’t stayed consistent here lately.

What situation are you facing right now that is consuming your mind with worry?

Pray specifically about it for an answer. Then thank God for hearing you and answering it…even before you see any changes.

Even if the situation gets worse, we’re still supposed to thank Him.

It really is often darkest before you “see” the light…or the answer.

Thanksgiving…it’s not just a holiday. 

It’s our pathway to peace. 

About Terry Dean
I've been in full-time business online since 1996. I've been an ordained minister since 1993. Yes, business and ministry are my passions. I also love God, my wife Julie, my two dogs, the outdoors, and video games.

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8 Responses to “Christian Thanksgiving and Worry”
  1. These are dark days for many. We cannot trust our own government anymore. We cannot trust the media anymore. We cannot trust Wall Street or financial institutions anymore. We cannot trust the educational system anymore. Yet we all have to accept responsibility for the situation, because we have allowed evil to flourish and manifest itself in our culture and in our institutions.

    But I am thankful this Thanksgiving for the One who never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And He is the only one who truly cares.

    He promises that nations who repent and turn back to Him will be restored. That is our hope and my wish this Thanksgiving.

  2. Vern Brown says:

    Thanks [Pastor] Terry, you’re right on, especially with the current situations around the world.
    Even living in Canada, we feel the pressures in the US. But GOD!!
    You’re also right about “taking on cares” – the Word is our only answer in “these times”. You’re also right that we have to “act” and not just passively, but ‘consictently’ – keeping our hearts and minds on “the God of Peace”. “And the peace of God . . .”

  3. David says:

    Thank you for reminding us about fundamental christian practices. The Lord knows what our soul needs deeply and gives us the right medicine!

  4. James Zedd says:

    We can never forget how grateful we must be for everything we have. North America is so blessed, and yet we constantly get distracted by so many things that we take a lot of it for granted.

    I am Canadian, but I thank God every day for the things he has placed in my life. May all my American friends find comfort in God this Thanksgiving day and realize how good we have it in this great continent.

  5. Vern Brown says:

    @James Zedd
    Hey James, here’s another fellow-Canadian and fellow-Christian. I haven’t encountered too many of “us”. Tried looking at your site, but… If I can help, PM me if/when you have time…
    BE BLESSED!!

  6. Gogo says:

    A great message for this thanksgiving season.

    Thanks, much.

    Gogo

  7. Terry,

    My wife and I need to be reminded of this a lot lately. Thanks for the encouragement. We are struggling, but God is faithful.

    I used to do well with not worrying, but it seems like after I had three kids that it is easier to worry. I am the sole bread winner, so I feel a lot of pressure.

    We are trusting God to keep us in His way and plans.

  8. Terry Phong says:

    Great post! I believe there’s a strong connection between giving thanks and our own spiritual growth.

    Psalms 92:1-4
    1 It is good to praise the LORD
    and make music to your name, O Most High,
    2 proclaiming your love in the morning
    and your faithfulness at night,
    3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
    and the melody of the harp.
    4 For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD;
    I sing for joy at what your hands have done.

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