Once upon a time I came across a host of “gratitude challenge” pins on Pinterest that the Lord used to spark something in me (I know it sounds cheesy, but just bare with me). I honestly believe that coming across such an exhaustive list of challenges was no coincidence…
Looking back over the years I see how negativity crept into my thinking and ultimately snowballed into something difficult to manage and control. I did Not and do NOT want strongholds in my mind! I confess that taking “every thought captive” requires diligence and the help and engagement of the wonderful Holy Spirit. As a result, there was a time in my life when I bought a lie that planted seeds of laziness that produced a field of ungodly thoughts that spiraled out of control and ultimately yielded a harvest of depression, anxiety, and fear upon fear.
Although I tried to be more “positive” during such a time, my attempts were feeble and unfruitful. Mostly because I gave up on the second day in. I know that the mind is often likened to a muscle so I’m sure that I relented unto laziness disguised as tiredness and didn’t pursue this avenue with raw, determined commitment. Also, there is something called “renewing the mind” in the book of Romans that I totally disregarded. As believers, we require the Word of God to renew our minds. We need the Word to take root in our inner man. We need to mix it with faith. And we need to be made aware of how many times the word “thanksgiving” appears throughout the Bible. Thanksgiving is essential to this walk with God. It is essential to having deeper fellowship with Him. Thanksgiving was essential to me getting free and becoming infused with joy!
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus,” Philippians 4:6
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things,” Philippians 4:8 NKJV.
And just one more..
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him,” Colossians 3:17.
These verses are foundational to living a lifestyle of gratitude and also to my writings and the purpose and intentions of this blog. I want to ignite thanksgiving in myself and be held accountable to giving thanks! As it goes:
“Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves]” Philippians 2:14 AMP
Surely we cannot be thankful and full of complaints at the same time… wouldn’t that defeat the whole purpose of living a lifestyle of gratitude? So I invite you on this journey with me to give thanks! To hear my hearts cry to see people be set free from depression and anxiety through this beautiful mindset the Lord has given us through His holy Word.