Thankfulness—Remembering All of God’s Benefits

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful—Colossians 3:15

We don’t have to face our worries alone. We have a faithful partner in the Holy Spirit, who lives within us to guide us, direct us, and show us the way to having faith that overcomes our worry. Letting Him lead is key to leaving our worries behind.

Thankfulness is also the result of remembering all God’s benefits instead of dwelling on the circumstances that tend to rob us of peace. Counting our blessings in this way insures the rule of Christ’s peace in our life.

Therefore, we don’t have to let our concerns and worries bury us in a sea of unrest. Christ’s peace, which is available no matter what we are facing, can strengthen our confidence and trust in Him.

Power From The Holy Spirit

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.— Acts 1:8 NLT

Power from the Holy Spirit is not limited to strength beyond the ordinary—that power also involves courage, boldness, confidence, insight, ability, and authority. The disciples would need all these gifts to fulfill their mission. We need this power to fulfill our mission of making disciples throughout the world.

If you believe in Jesus Christ, you can experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. If you have yet to invite Jesus Christ into your life and heart, today is the day to take advantage of His awesome gift of salvation and have the Holy Spirit empower your life.

Living With Your Convictions

“Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.”—Acts 4:13

Is your belief system so ingrained that it guards you against temptation? If so, then certain issues have already been settled in your heart. Think about how beneficial that is: When you face certain situations in which you must choose whether to obey God, you don’t have to struggle. Why? Because that decision has already been made.

A settled mindset makes decisions easy because you don’t have to debate the pros and cons of submitting to temptation. Because your mind is already committed to obeying God, it won’t matter whether yielding is more convenient or profitable.

We find this in the example of Peter and John. Threats would not stop them from doing what the Lord had commanded. That’s the kind of commitment we should have when living according to our convictions.

When you are committed to living by your convictions, God will both strengthen you to stand firm and comfort you in any suffering that results.