A vital key to walking in the will of God is to live a life of thanksgiving. Learn in this important short series how thanksgiving impacts your life as a believer.
…imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
PART ONE: If you want to inherit the promises of God in your life we are told to imitate those who through faith and patience have inherited those promises. I want to share with you three key things you must do to inherit the promises of God. The first as revealed in the above verse is to walk in Bible faith. Many believers will tell you they are walking by faith, but when you look at Bible faith they are not.
Romans 4:19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb
Abraham, known as the father of faith, is one of our greatest examples of what it means to walk by faith and not by sight. Notice he did not consider what was true in the natural realm, but instead only considered the Word he had from God. You see to walk by faith means your words and actions fully line up with what God said and not what you see.
To do this we must have complete understanding of what God has said in His Word, and then walk in obedience to that Word or promise we have been given. This is the first step to your inheritance. If Abraham had not obeyed God to go into the desert and follow after God, he would have never obtained God’s promise. You must listen to and then walk in line with what God’s Word says. Obedience and faith go hand in hand.
Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.”
The Word “vision” here means revelation, or what has been revealed. God has always emphasized writing things down. The reason we are to do so is shown in the later part of this verse of scripture, so that you may run with it, or simply put, become a doer of what God has revealed to you. How can you be a doer of what you have not retained knowledge of? This verse if followed can make a huge impact on changing your life.
Statistics say that the average person only retains around 5% of what they hear. What is one of the primary purposes of hearing God’s Word proclaimed? It is so that you will become a doer and not a forgetful hearer of the Word as James 1:22 tells us. The doer of the Word James said will be blessed. Why are many believers not doers of the Word? One reason is because they don’t take notes on what they hear. When you take notes on key points of what you hear, your retention rate goes up to around 50%. If you review those notes within 24 hours, your retention rate goes up to 70%.
Think of how many hours are wasted by people who hear God’s Word preached or even read the Bible, but because they do not make a note of key things revealed to them, they only retain about 5%. To live a transformed life you must have your mind renewed to God’s Word so that you can become a doer. Many assume what they hear they are doing. But to retain what you have heard as God has said, you need to write down what He is revealing to you when you hear or read God’s Word. Doing so will help transform you life.
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Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
One of the most important things to walking in victory as a believer in this life is to never quit. Our adversary knows if he can get us to stop walking by faith and give up on God He can defeat us. But if we will not grow weary in doing what we know that scripture teaches us in living a life of faith, we will be victorious in life.
In the preceding verses here in Galatians 6, scripture teaches us we will reap what we sow. If we sow to the flesh we will reap corruption, but if we sow to the spirit we reap the kind of life God has for us. Don’t spend your time consumed with fleshly things that will not build you up spiritually. Maintain a consistent walk with God by making time for His Word, His house, and the things of God. To often the devil gets believers weary by simply pulling them away from spiritual things that would bring great strength to their life. God is the strength of our life, but when we no longer put God’s things first, we will grow weary for there is no other source of sustaining strength.
So maintain your spiritual walk as a believer by seeking first the things of God, and don’t fall for the deception of looking to the world for your happiness in life. It is God who completes you, and He is the source of your strength. Don’t lose heart in doing what is good (making spiritual things your priority), for you will reap if you do not quit. Quitters never win and winners never quit.
O GIVE thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!
Thanksgiving is a time for every believer to be reminded of how grateful we should be for our God and Father. Thanksgiving should be a lifestyle for the believer, and not something we just do in late November each year. Many thank God for the things they have, and we should, but when we are focused on giving thanks for things, we won’t live a thankful life, for our focus is not where it should be.
We should live a life of thanksgiving because of who God is, not just for what He does. What He does is a result of who He is. He is a good and merciful God, and that is why He is good to us. When we are thankful for who He is, our focus is on Him, not on what we have or don’t have. This is powerful, for when you know who He is, and you keep your focus on Him, this life of thanksgiving will pull you through the hard challenges that come.
Paul and Silas knew this all to well. Arrested for preaching the gospel, locked in stocks in the lower part of the prison, they were not depressed and acting defeated. They prayed and began to sing praises to God. When they did, God manifested and they were set free for God inhabits the praise of His people. Choose to live a life of thanksgiving for who God is, keeping your focus on Him, and even when hard challenges come, you will rise above.
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8 “My thoughts are not your thoughts,
and my ways are not your ways,” declares the LORD.
9 “Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.”
Would you like to live in a “higher” way of life above what average people live? A life free from the worries and fears that so many are affected by? Think about our God. Does He allow what happens here on earth to get Him worried or fearful? Of course He doesn’t, but neither do we have to live such a life either. We can live a “higher” life like God.
There are two key areas you will have to change if you want to live a higher and much better life. The first area you have to change is how you think. If you don’t take time to go into God’s Word and think they way He does you will think like the world. Learn to take whatever God has said about you or about how you can live and choose to think in line with His Word. Cast down every thought contrary to what God has said, refusing to think on those things but instead, thinking as God thinks.
The second area has to do with our way of doing things. When we learn how God does things and then choose to continue to do things our way instead, we are going to live far below the kind of life God has for us. God’s ways work much better, and they will always lead us to live a much better way of life. Check up on what you have been thinking and doing. Choose to think and act like God, and you can live a much higher way of life.
When your focus is on God, gratitude will follow.
When we look into the mirror of Gods’ Word we see a reflection of who God has created us to be. Take time to look into that mirror and see what God sees.