Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you
do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NKJV
A Christian is always in danger, and therefore should ever be on the watch;
but the danger is greater at some times and under some circumstances. The
Corinthians were in manifest danger upon many accounts: their feuds ran high,
the irregularities among them were very great, there were deceivers got among
them, who endeavored to corrupt their faith in the most important articles, those
without which the practice of virtue and piety could never subsist. And surely
in such dangerous circumstances it was their concern to watch. Note, If a
Christian would be secure, he must be on his guard; and the more his danger the
greater vigilance is needful for his security.
Paul advises them to stand fast in the faith, to
keep their ground, adhere to the revelation of God, and not give it up for the
wisdom of the world, nor suffer it to be corrupted by it-stand for the faith of
the gospel, and maintain it even to death; and stand in it, so as to abide in
the profession of it, and feel and yield to its influence. Note, A Christian
should be fixed in the faith of the gospel, and never desert nor renounce it.
It is by this faith alone that he will be able to keep his ground in an hour of
temptation; it is by faith that we stand (2 Co. 1:24); it is by this that we
must overcome the world (1 Jn. 5:4), both when it fawns and when it frowns,
when it tempts and when it terrifies. We must stand therefore in the faith of
the gospel, if we would maintain our integrity.- Matthew Henry
Five Reasons Why Thankfulness Is
you ever struggled with being thankful? I have. I used to think consciously
trying to be thankful was for weak people who needed an emotional crutch. I
hid from the harsh truth of reality. I’ve since changed my mind, thankfully.
Here are 5 reasons why thankfulness is important.
Thankfulness is healthy. Thankfulness has been a subject of much scientific
research. Scientists have found conclusively that thankfulness is better than a
multi-vitamin. It has a beneficial impact on almost every major organ system in
the body. Thankful people live healthier lives.
Thankfulness is God’s will. Evidently, God created us to be thankful.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 it says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is
the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Ever wondered what God’s will for you
was? It’s God’s will for us to be thankful. We can be thankful in every
situation because we know he loves us and is working for our good.
Thankfulness is a great witness. We should be concerned to some degree with
how the world views us as Christians. How do they see us? Sadly, many
professing Christians have little to no joy. They frown more than smile, and
complain more than praise. Many believers tie their thankfulness to politics.
That means they often listen to conservative talk radio a ton. Then they wonder
why they have no joy. There is so much fighting in the world. Being thankful is
a great witness. When we’re thankful we stand out like stars in the night sky
Thankfulness is a way of serving. I’ve heard that we should assume that
everyone we meet during the day is discouraged in some area of life. I think
that’s not far from reality. We can offer hope by saying thank you, and through
words of encouragement. Never
the power of a thank you note, smile, or a phone call.
Thankfulness builds our faith. Ever struggled with a victim’s mentality?
When we see ourselves as victims we blame others for our situation. We’re not
happy and it’s always someone else’s fault. We are where we are in life because
we have been mistreated. Here’s how the victim talks:
only my father had treated me differently.”
“If only my boss weren’t such a jerk.”
“If only our government leaders would work together with integrity things would
“If only people would talk to me then I wouldn’t be lonely.”
like a victim leaves us hopeless, discouraged, disempowered, and lifeless. We
give up. We consign ourselves to a life of mediocrity and frustration.
doesn’t want us to think like that. Be thankful. When we are thankful we remind
of all that God has done. We stop thinking about other people, and the wrongs
done to us, and we think about the greatness of our Savior. We begin to believe
again. When we are thankful we take the control of our life back. It’s no
longer in the hands of some other person, or situation. Faith arises when we
realize God is in control and we are partnering with him to do a great work. We
stop saying, “If only!” and we start saying, “Why not?”
your thankfulness going? It’s important. It could be the key to your