Have you ever heard the phrase “Things are tough all over”? We can easily see how that phrase could apply to our situations today. Our cities, our nation, the world, are all very unstable.
However, I believe that through the completed work of Jesus at Calvary, our Heavenly Father has made available to us everything that we need to be successful in spite of the conditions we face in the world. Why then do so many christians struggle in life? I believe the key to flourishing in times of great difficulty lies in three important areas.
The first area of importance is gratitude. Gratitude is one of the keys to experiencing the true abundant blessing of God. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Paul writes, “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” If we are thankful people, even when we face difficulty, it means that we are trusting God to change the circumstance. Our attitude of gratitude, no matter the problem, reveals that our attitude is not contingent on our circumstances.
When Jesus healed the 10 lepers only 1 returned to give thanks. It doesn’t say the other 10 lost their healing because they didn’t come back. Indeed, they were too caught up in the blessing to remember the blesser. As a result they missed the real blessing of relationship with Jesus.
How many times have we enjoyed the blessing of Jesus but forgot that the one who gave is greater than what was given?
Gratitude is something that should set God’s people apart. It enables us to focus our hearts on what and who is really important.
Paul stated about his own life, “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” (Philippians 4:12 NKJV) This scripture reveals that there will be difficulty but we shouldn’t fall apart as a result of it. Scripture is clear, we should have a heart of gratitude at all times. If we do, we will always overcome and experience the blessed life that Jesus paid for with His own blood.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the second area of vital importance that enables us to flourish in times of great difficulty.
Be thankful and be blessed!