Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already here again. I just want to take the time to write a little bit about the power of giving thanks.
I have been under a spiritual attack. I have had 2 this year. Many of you recognized this last one from my last post. Many of you discovered that you were under one as well. As an educator and a minister, I am seeing God’s kingdom advance. I am watching people turn their hearts turn towards Him. I realize that our old enemy, Satan, does not like this. He manipulates what he can to make me tired mentally and physically. Honestly, I don’t really care that much if I am exhausted and don’t “feel” like praying or studying. I have learned that feelings can’t be trusted. I am just going to keep looking dead ahead at the prize and never ever quit moving forward no matter what.
Under attack, you hear voices that you know aren’t from you or from God. They discourage you. They tell you that you aren’t making a difference. They tell you that you might as well give up. They tell you that you should have never stepped on that narrow path in the first place. I was hearing these voices and diligently ignoring them, pleading the blood, rebuking them in Jesus name . . . all the weapons I know about.
Last week, our guidance counselor had the students at my school write notes to service men and women. She also gave them the option to write to teachers if they wished. This morning, I read over 25 notes written to me telling me what a difference I was making or had made in their lives. Satan had only been pointing out the ones in my mind who I felt like I was “losing” or had “lost.” It seems that I see one of my former students in the arrest reports at least once a month. That discouraging voice doesn’t waste a moment. But, here I had in my hand written evidence that what I do matters. Their thankfulness broke through and annihilated those demonic voices in my mind. I type this with a very thankful heart for the thankful students at my school.
I want to take this time to thank all of you who actually read my WMD’s. It blows my mind how far this reaches and how many actually read these things. All I really do is post my walk with Jesus. You guys know exactly what I’m studying, exactly what I’m struggling with, or exactly what God is laying on my heart. Somebody out there always lets me know that what I have written was not only for me, but for him or her as well. We are all on this journey together.
For that . . . I am thankful.
Keep your eyes on the prize.
He is worth it!