Did you hop out of bed this morning abounding in thanksgiving?

I confess my abounding this morning was more of a lethargic shuffle.

​Isn’t it fascinating how many times in Scripture we are told to “rejoice aways” or have the fruit of joy, or to “abound in thanksgiving”?

I’ve been pressed lately that joy, thanksgiving, rejoicing isn’t an add-on to the Christian life, but rather the undercurrent of it. 

Regardless of circumstance, situation, trial, tribulation, or difficulty – joy and thanksgiving are to mark our lives and be the language of our lips (see Ephesians 5:4).

This week I freshly read a short article by Andrew Murray on the intersection of faith and thanksgiving. This is the statement that stood out to me: Faith and thanksgiving belong to one another and keep one another. The more I believe, the more I shall thank; the more I thank, the more I shall believe.”

That’s an incredible statement!

In one sense, Murray is telling us that we can measure our faith by how much thanksgiving is stirring in and out of our lives. If we have little joy and thankfulness, it means we have little faith.

So how is your faith today?

Are you abounding in thanksgiving (even if you didn’t pop out of bed that way)? Is the tenor of your life one of “rejoicing always”?

If not, perhaps it’s time for us to turn our gaze afresh upon the One who has made “known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).

May I encourage you today to “walk in Him, [be] established in your faith, abounding in thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:17).

Cheering you unto that end!

Read the whole article by Andrew Murray on The Thanksgiving of Faith

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