Bring me the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Take nothing for granted, not even the rising of the sun. Before Satan tempted Eve in the Garden, thankfulness was as natural as breathing. Satan’s temptation involved pointing Eve to the one thing that was forbidden her. The garden was filled with luscious, desirable fruits, but Eve focused on the one thing that she couldn’t have instead of focusing on the many good things that were available. The negative focus darkened her mind, and she succumbed to temptation.
When you focus on what you don’t have or on situations that displease you, your mind also becomes darkened. You take for granted life, salvation, sunshine, flowers, and countless other gifts from Me. You look for what is wrong and refuse to enjoy life until that is “fixed.”
When you approach Me with thanksgiving, the Light of My Presence pours into you, transferring you through and through. Walk in the Light with Me by practicing the discipline of thanksgiving.
Psalm 116:17 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord
1 John 1:7 But if we are living in the light, as God is living in the light, then we have fellowship with each other and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.
Today’s devotion is absolutely critical in my walk with God. It is so necessary for me to continually be thankful for the blessings of following God. She is right, when we are inundated with troubles of life, it is easy to get our eyes of of our blessings, and onto the troubles. This causes us to become selfish, and believe in our hearts that we desire things that we really do not. Also, this can cause us to sin by taking care of things ourselves, and not waiting on God.
I have been guilty so many times of this. It is amazing when we focus on our troubles how much we believe that we deserve what we want. Only after something happens to us negatively are we able to be “jolted” into the reality of life, and that reality usually realigns our priorities allowing us to see God above more clearly.