Pressing On in Gratitude

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Last lesson in our January month theme of Pressing on to the Goal
Today our lesson is Pressing On in Gratitude
We often talk about the joys of the here after
We can also talk about the joys of the here
Three Areas
Focusing on the Present
Pressing onward with a Thankful Heart
Be Unwavering with Gratitude
Psalm 28:7–8 ESV
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.

1. Focusing of the Present

Philippians 4:6–7 ESV
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
There is nothing written in scripture telling Christians they will have a trouble free life.
John 16:33 ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
We can rely on the Lord to help us with our current burdens and trouble rather than worrying about what is yet to come.
This is the time for prayer and communication with God - not Dr. Phil or Oprah
Matthew 6:33–34 ESV
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

2. Pressing Onward with a Thankful Heart

Psalm 126:5 ESV
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!
Recognize God’s blessing (Germany, Dekow)
Finding time to thank God or reflect on the blessings He has given us is key to pressing on with a thankful heart

3. Be Unwavering with Gratitude

Acts 4:5–12 (ESV)
On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Unwavering in the face of authority: Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family
Unwavering naming Jesus
wanted them to be certain: Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead
Acts 5:40–42 ESV
and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.
Remember that you are blessed with an eternal home if you are born again. The future also holds promise and hope and not just pain and sorrow.
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