The Evidence Of Thankfulness

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Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory. — 1 Peter 1:8

I love that Peter, a man who had seen Christ both pre-death and post-resurrection, recognizes that some had not seen Christ as he did and yet would love him, believe in him, and rejoice because of him, and be filled with the same thankfulness that filled him.

This is precisely how we should live daily — filled with unspeakable thankfulness that stems from the fact that we believe Jesus was raised from the dead. Our entire system of faith is based on the fact that Jesus defeated undefeatable sin and death. Two things that separated us from a relationship with God. Yet by his grace through faith, we live every day thankful because of a new reality we see — the evidence of a risen Lord.

Yet around us, there is evidence that will attempt to divert our attention from seeing this reality. They are reminders of our sinfulness and hopelessness. We are inundated with propaganda about them, and they will divert our vision from seeing what Peter saw and from what others have seen before us.

Today as you go about your day, see less of this temporal world and those things that remind you of your sin and death. See through these events with eyes of faith, by seeing them through the resurrection of Jesus. And then be thankful, for while you have not seen Jesus in the flesh, you see him with eyes of faith, and then believe and rejoice in what he has done for you.

ASK THIS: What evidence is preventing you from being thankful to God? (Share it below.)

DO THIS: See with eyes of faith the evidence is all around you.

PRAY THIS: God, give me eyes to see what you see.

PLAY THIS: Evidence — Worship Together & Cross Worship.

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10 thoughts on “The Evidence Of Thankfulness

  1. Garrett Linville says:

    Trent,

    Ephesians 6:4 CSB
    “Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

    As a father of twin toddlers I can understand your frustrations with parenting. But, just know that it is our biblical responsibility as a man to bring up our children in the Lord. It may not seem like a blessing at times, but it is a life long blessing. This is your legacy! When you depart from this temporal and fallen world you can leave joyfully knowing that you did the best you could to bring up your children with a reverence of obedience to Christ. You can leave this earth knowing that you taught your children the truth of Gods word and how they can be justified through Christ, and receive the gift of forgiveness with an eternal home waiting for them with their father in heaven. Just take it day by day brother and you can persevere.

    Matthew 6:34 CSB
    “Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

    Just find that one thing each day, even if it’s small that you are proud of your kids for and hold onto it. Remember this one thing when times are tough and it will remind you that what you are doing and the legacy you are leaving behind is worth it!

    Dear Christ, I come before you as an advocate for Trent, just as you are an advocate for me, and I pray that you will give my brother the strength, encouragement, and wisdom to be the father you intend for him to be. Help show him the blessing it is to be a parent and help him to leave a legacy that he won’t regret. Amen

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  2. Cory B says:

    I have evidence every day to be thankful!!! I love the fact Trent keeps coming back! I’m thankful he feels comfortable enough to be vulnerable here with likeminded Christian men. Clearly there are men out here who currently struggle or have struggled with the exact same issues. That’s what I believe God intended for us to do. Be a community and help out those in need. Iron sharpens iron!!! We are all better men because of the wisdom of other men.

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  3. Dennis says:

    I am thankful that even though I have yet seen our Lord face to face, that I know even in these times of trials and struggle, He is with me. It is difficult at times but, I know He is with me.

  4. Paul L says:

    This Thanksgiving is especially sweet for me as a man that has been born again. The turkey will taste better, the potatoes creamier and that cornbread stuffing, yummo. I am so grateful to be a child of God.
    However, I do worry about our youth and the distractions that make sin and lack of faith more attractive than a living God. I pray for them and those who have not found Christ yet. This is my Thanksgiving prayer.

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  5. Trent says:

    I struggle to be thankful because I cannot see His purpose. I can endure anything if I can understand the purpose, see the end, and measure progress. When it appears I am spinning my wheels I get depressed quickly. Raising a family is not as easy to track progress, see the end, or understand why things are how they are as say….. changing the timing belt on a fwd car. Very trying on one’s patience but you can see progress and you know the end. And it is only a few hour project. Kids are 18 yrs IF YOU’RE LUCKY! Father give me eyes to see, and faith to just know, that kids are more important than timing belts and eventually more of a blessing. Strengthen me for my kids sake as well as my own. AMEN

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    • Paul L says:

      Trent, I feel what you are saying and pray that you are able to lean on God and just give all your struggles to Him. A friend and recovering drug addict gave me good advice…forget about yesterday and don’t think about tomorrow, just focus on today. Serve the glory of God today and know that He is with you, and maybe then you’ll be able to more clearly see Him working in your life. Peace Brother.

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    • Jason says:

      Hi Trent,

      I have 5 kids, my youngest turned 14 yesterday! I am away on travel and missed another Birthday. 😔 Time goes by so fast, cherish each moment you have with them and just love them. I try to justify missing birthdays and so many holidays that I am needed at work. They need a Dad that is present! (I’m talking about myself) I recall my daughter made a drawing of me (Daddy likes to sleep on the couch). I feel so bad that is what she thinks of her Dad. I have to make some conscious decisions to be present each and every day. I am so thankful for all the blessings that God has given me. Keep the faith and stay strong in the Lord.

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      • Chad says:

        Hey Jason, I can so much relate to where you are at. I am at the starting point trying to change things around for me and my family. The one thing that has helped me the most lately is finding someone that was willing to be a coach in my life. It has been a struggle but keep your hand on the plow, and if you need someone to help reach out. There is no shame in this but i do believe it takes true courage.

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    • David J says:

      Good morning Trent,
      I have raised 5 children and staying focused on the Lord will help you to see and understand the purpose. I believe God has a plan for everyone of us. Trust in the Lord. God bless you and your family.

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    • Ed says:

      Faith….. faith in God
      Trust…. Trust In God
      If we know exactly how things are gonna pan out if we do a, b, and c this will happen…. There would be no need for faith or trust
      As to purpose … it is to be transformed daily into the likeness of Christ and then to walk by faith into this world as ambassadors and be led by the Holy Spirit in word and deed.
      Uncertainty, persecution, disappointments and suffering are all part of living in a fallen world. Christ himself faced those things here and so will we if we take his name (or not). The hope and peace is in his promises to be with us through it all and the promise of eternity outside this fallen world. Lord, let us all see things as you do abs give us your love for others and patience to endure the struggles

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