How THANKFULNESS produces JOY
A thankful prayer life leads to a joyful heart.
Developing a THANKFUL Spirit
A new year is upon us and one of the desires of our hearts should be that we want to be filled with joy in the midst of everything that happens in 2016. Joy is produced in our hearts when we are thankful. Paul presented three major reasons why he was thankful. Do you find yourself thankful for these also?
We thank YOU for the:
- confidence in our salvation.
- bond of believers.
- fruit of righteousness.
When we thank God, we are giving God: glory and praise.
1. Has something or someone robbed you of your joy? Read Proverbs 17:22. Could it be that you are feeling a rain cloud over your life because you have lost the gift of joy? Do you believe that starting to thank God for various things will produce joy in your heart? How much do you give thanks throughout a regular day?
2. Read 1 Thessalonians 1:2; 3:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 2:13; Philemon 1:4. In most of his letters, Paul is thankful for his fellow believers. When is the last time you have paused to think about how good it is to have other believers around you? Have you told anyone lately how thankful you are for him or her?
3. Read Hebrews 12:28-29. Discuss what this verse is telling us about being thankful. How are we to view God and His kingdom? How are we to respond to what God has done for us?
4. Unrepentant sin will rob you of your joy. Read Psalm 51 (especially verse 12). What does David do after his sin with Bathsheba to find the joy of God’s salvation again?
Applying the Bible
5. How thankful are you? Do you find yourself being critical throughout the day, or do you find “the good” in every situation? This week, if you struggle with being grateful, try to focus on how God is working inside of you and some of the good that has resulted from this work.
6. Are you producing the fruit of righteousness? Are you developing enough insight from learning God’s word that you avoid that which is evil? This week, notice the joy you produce by avoiding a certain sin.