We’ve discussed how that little word “but” can excuse us from worrying, fearing, and disobeying. We saw it in the account of the children of Israel responding to the report the spies brought of the promised land. We see it in our own lives.
I tried to point out that worry leads to fear and fear gives way to disobedience. So if we can stop the worry, we’ve won the battle.
Today I’ve got an acrostic to help you remember how you can choose to be thankful.
F – Focus – look at what God is doing, not at what is threatening to occur
Matthew 8:23-26 (New Living Translation)
Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.
A – Attention – Keep focused on the right thoughts
Philippians 4:8-9 (New Living Translation)
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
I – Intention – Make plans and follow them through to change your thinking
Romans 12:2 (New Living Translation)
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
T – Thinking God’s Thoughts
Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
H – Holy Spirit Help
1 John 2:27 (New Living Translation)
But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.
You see for me, faith brings thankfulness. It brings me focus and stops worry.
How can we put this kind of faith into practice? Love to hear your thoughts on thankfulness.