An Attitude of Gratitude Will Lower Your Stress

“Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 GW).

Gratitude is the world’s healthiest human emotion. It actually increases your immunity to sickness.Plus, ungrateful people tend to be unhappy people. Nothing ever satisfies them. They never have enough. They are “when-and-then” people who think, “When such and such happens, then I’ll be happy.”But the Bible gives us another way. First Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this” (GWT).

Gratitude can change everything. For example, try this: If you’re feeling depressed, make a list of 50 things you can be grateful for. Your gratefulness will help shift your focus away from your problems and toward everything good God has done and is doing in your life.

We take much for granted. Develop the attitude of gratitude and watch your stress level go down—because there is always something to be grateful for.

  • Devotional By Rick Warren

Have you trusted Jesus for your salvation?

The Bible says we can only get to heaven by trusting in God through his Son, Jesus Christ. And we don’t have to earn God’s love or work our way into heaven. The Bible says, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV).

If you haven’t trusted in Jesus and committed to following him, why wait any longer? If you’re ready to step across that line and make a decision to believe in Jesus Christ and follow him, pray this prayer:

“Dear Jesus, you have promised that if I believe in you, everything I’ve ever done wrong will be forgiven, I will learn the purpose of my life, and you will accept me into your eternal home in heaven one day.

“I confess my sin, and I believe that you are my Savior. You have promised that if I confess my sin and trust you, I will be saved. I trust you when you say that salvation comes by grace, through faith, and not by anything I do. I receive you into my life as my Lord. Today I’m turning over every part of my life to your management. You have the right to call the shots in my life.

“Jesus, I want to relax in your love. Thank you that I don’t have to earn it or work for it. I want to use the rest of my life to serve you instead of serving myself. I humbly commit my life to you and ask you to save me and accept me into your family. In your name I pray. Amen.”

If you just prayed to accept Jesus, please email us at Focus at  focusccnj@gmail.com and let me know about it. I’d like to send you some free materials to help you start your journey with Jesus.

PRAYER

Father, capture our hearts again with the mystery and greatness
of the work of Christ on the cross for our sins. May ‘first love passion’ for
Jesus be restored in our fellowship – Revive us I pray! (Psalm 85:6)

It is written, Lord, that Your Word is like fire and like a hammer that breaks
rock to pieces – may it be so among us! Destroy the hard places of our hearts
with the power of Your Word! Give us the gift of brokenness and repentance I
pray. (Jeremiah 23:29)

Father, may we be faithful in declaring Your greatness and power to the next
generation. Forgive us for being silent or intimidated. Open our mouths that we
might always recount Your goodness to those around us! (Psalm 71:17-18; 78:4-6)
Remind us by the Holy Spirit, I pray, that we are dead to our transgressions
and sins and alive in Christ! Awaken the sleeping places of our lives to this
great truth. (Ephesians 2:1,5)

WORSHIP

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