Thank you, Lord!
You lost your job!
You need surgery!
Kids are driving you crazy!
On top of that, your loved one is ill and getting worse. How are you to cling to this word of hope in the face of disappointment? We never know how and when God is going to answer our prayers. But one thing is sure: His deity remains the same. He will be God in the midst of what appears to be impossible with man.
Even when going through testing, we should thank the Lord.
Just ask the three Hebrew boys. These men thrown into a fiery furnace heated seven times hotter because they refused to bend and bow to serve idol gods, praised God at the point of death. God allowed them to be bound and thrown to their expected death. Even though they did not know the outcome, they held on to their faith in God and refused to lay down their religion. These guys were thankful to God because this fiery trial gave them opportunity to witness their unfailing faith in the Living God, faith to a king that had no faith in their God.
Decree and declare you are more than a survivor!
Not only did the three Hebrew men survive, with not a hair singed or their clothes burned; they came out not smelling or looking like what they had gone through. They were victorious! Yes, God will allow you to go through tests that natural circumstances say you should never survive. However, God has plans to bring you out, and you won’t look like what you have gone through! God has plans to cause you to be triumphant.
Shout hallelujah! Give thanks to God, with a grateful heart, for God had done great things. Look back over your life and reflect on all the things the Lord has done for you. I know you still have needs unmet. But still, give thanks. I know you are still not well in your body. But still, give thanks. I know you are hurt. But still, give thanks. Celebrate the goodness of God and watch God celebrate you. Clap your hands. Shout for joy – Oh, how I love Jesus! Oh, how I thank the Lord for all His benefits rendered unto me!
You are wonderful and faithful.
You are a mind regulator and heart fixer.
You are my joy in times of sorrow.
You are my counselor.
You are my redeemer.
You are a healer.
You are our creator.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.