Thankful Thursday

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Joy doesn’t happen to you, it happens in you.
 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy…” (Galatians 5:22)


Have you ever found it hard to be happy when other people are blessed? You know, joyfully praising God one minute for the wonderful things in our lives, then cringing the next minute because someone has a little bit more than we do. We may find ourselves complaining, comparing, and crying out to God, "why can’t I get that blessing? I work just as hard or harder than she does? I deserve a good thing like that!"

Romans 12:15 says, “rejoice with them that do rejoice and weep with them that weep.” It’s easy to offer sympathy and weep with those who are going through tough times; but what if they have something we want or something better than we have? Is it easier to rejoice or be jealous? Maybe you've been there?

Trying to rejoice at the wedding of a friend, when you’re single, lonely, and wanting to be with somebody too? Trying to rejoice when a brother or sister in Christ drives into the church parking lot with a new car, when we’re still riding around in the busted up lemon from the 90s? It's a little harder to be happy for people when they're getting the good things we want.

God doesn’t bless others to teach us a lesson or to make us feel bad. He wants us to rejoice with them so that others may see and glorify Him as well! If God is blessing them right before our eyes, it must mean that He’s in the neighborhood; and even if our good thing doesn’t come in the form of a boyfriend, a Bentley, or a baby, He’s still in the blessing business and there’s a reason to rejoice.

If joy is in us, we wouldn't be jealous when others get the things we want for ourselves; we wouldn't be envious of them nor compare the size of their blessings to our own. When joy is in us, we rejoice when they rejoice and we thank God for being so good to all of us!

Today, let us begin to pray for the ones we envy. Let us praise when someone else gets picked for a great opportunity. Let us do everything without complaining and grumbling. Let us appreciate our blessings both material and spiritual. Let us give thanks in all circumstances.

How will you rejoice with someone today?

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  1. Outstanding message!

    1. Thank you Karen! We're glad you were encouraged, because this message was definitely Spirit-led! Be Blessed.

  2. My co-worker Karen passed this message to me today. My husband and I were just talking on this subject as our college daughter is experiencing great sadness because it seems others around her are receiving the blessing she wants. We try to encourage her to trust God and be happy for others even when it's something you too want. The things we want may not be what we need. Again Karen thank you. To this ministry, you now have a new subscriber.

    1. Wow, Phelica! Talk about confirmation! Our prayer is that your daughter will find all she needs and desire in Christ and that you all as parents continue to train her up in the way that she should go. Also, thank you for subscribing, we pray that our messages inspire you to draw closer to God and that they bring hope, healing, and purpose to your life. Blessings!


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