Enter into HIS gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into HIS
courts with praise!
Be thankful and say
so to HIM, bless and affectionately
praise HIS name!

Psalm 75:1 NLT
We thank you, O God!
We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.

Let the peace of CHRIST keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of CHRIST—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to GOD! Let every detail in your lives-words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the MASTER, JESUS, thanking GOD The FATHER every step of the way.
Colossians 3:15
(The Message)

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

1 Chronicles 16:8 NLT
Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.

Philippians 4:6-9 NLT
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.Tell GOD what
you need, and THANK HIM for all HE has done.Then you will experience
GOD'S peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.
HIS peace will guard your hearts and minds
as you live in CHRIST JESUS.
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
Psalm 100:4 AMP

"In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus concerning you."
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Notice that this scripture instructs us to give thanks in all things, not for all things. When tragedy or temptation strikes, we are not to thank God for them. He is not their author. He's the One who provides our way of escape from them. And that's what we're to thank Him for.

If you read the four Gospels, you'll find that Jesus never gave thanks for sickness or death. Instead, when He encountered them, His response was to overcome them by God's power. So give thanks as Jesus gave thanks--not for Satan's activities but for the victory God has given you over them.
John 11:1-48

"And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from the Christ rule(act as umpire continually) in your hearts--deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds.... And be thankful--appreciative, giving praise to
God always."
(Colossians 3:15)

Have you been praying that God will let you know whether a certain action you want to take is agreeable to His will or not? Let this peace of Christ be your guide. Let it help you settle the issue. If you start to take that action and you realize you don't have peace about it, don't do it.

Remember, though, that this inner leading of the Holy Spirit, this subtle sense of uneasiness or peace He gives you, is something you have to watch and listen for carefully. He generally won't just come up and knock you out of bed one morning and tell you what you need to do. The primary way He speaks to you is by what the Bible calls an inward witness.

So, you have to listen. You can't just stay busy about the things of the world all the time. You have to give Him time and attention.

Also, watch out for strife. If you're irritated and upset about things in your life, it will be very hard to receive that quiet guidance from the Holy Spirit. So take heed to the instructions at the end of this scripture and "be thankful... appreciative, giving praise to God always." Maintain a thankful, grateful heart. You'll find it much easier to hear the "umpire of peace" when He makes a call.
Kenneth Copeland
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