The Day of Freedom
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21
Did you know that this could be your day for freedom? You must first determine what you need freedom from. Do you need freedom from fear and anxiety or do you need freedom from discouragement?
You can gain freedom from these emotional bondage’s by being thankful. It may sound too simple but a thankful heart is a profound truth found in God’s Word. A thankful heart is a heart that sees what God has done and is thankful for the blessings.
If you have not developed a thankful heart you will find yourself repeatedly struggling with disappointment and discouragement. Freedom means you have overcome these deadly emotions! It just takes one act of obedience to God’s Word to overcome.
Looking at how the Lord has blessed you develops a thankful heart. If you are always focusing on what is wrong then that is what you will see, think about and feel. That’s the picture that will develop! To develop a thankful heart you must focus on what is good about the situation and thank God for it. A thankful heart has to be cultivated out of obedience to the Lord. Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:21; “In all things give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus,” Even in a devastating situation, look for what you can thank God for and focus on this blessing.
Maintaining your freedom from fear and disappointment is the next challenge. Living in the present is the key. When your thoughts are always drifting backwards on what went wrong you would feel discouraged. When your thoughts are always on the future you can become anxious and fearful of the unknown. Stay in the present and focus on what God has done this day and be thankful. A person with a thankful heart is at peace. Face each new day and focus on what God has done.