Giving Thanks by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Colossians 1:12

Now, friends, if you have your Bibles turn with me to
the Book of Colossians, chapter 1 and verse 12. This
is one of the richest blessings you'll receive because
it is what salvation is all about.

We read in verse 12, "Giving thanks unto the Father,
which hath made us meet to be partakers (sharers) of
the inheritance of the saints in light."

In order to understand these precious words of God by
the Divine Spirit, we are going to break them up
thought by thought.

The first thing we have here is what believers are to
do. What are we to do as believers? We are to be
giving thanks unto the Father. We are to be giving
thanks unto God. People don't always feel like giving
thanks unto God when trials come. A lot of times human
nature would rebel against God, question God, doubt
God, doubt His love, and doubt His care. When doubts,
fears, financial reverses, sickness, or loss of a
loved one come, people have difficulty giving thanks
unto God. But, my beloved friends, we must be giving
thanks unto God.

When we are not able to give thanks unto God, we're in
a position where we are not worshipping. We're not in
the position that we can and ought to be in, a
position of victory in the Lord. Nehemiah 8:10, "For
the joy of the LORD is your strength." We have no
other strength but the joy of the Lord. It means the
joy of the Lord's presence with us; God is for us, not
against us. God is looking after us in spite of our
reverses, sickness, bereavement and loss of a loved
one, and in spite of any trial that may come our way.
"The joy of the Lord is our strength," the joy of
knowing the Lord is with me. That doesn't mean just a
feeling of joy, but the absolute fact that God is with
me in this trial and is bringing me on the way to

How many times I have said in deep, deep waters.
"Lord, this is in your will for me on the way to
glory." Now where ...

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