The reality is this man sacrificed his life for me and my family. The thankfulness for him and what he had done, and the respect and honor I felt for him was overwhelming.

Honor and respect are two qualities that have been devalued in our culture. Honor for authority and respect for property seems to be at an all time low. Much of the reason is due to a lack of thankfulness.

As a Christian nation, we should be thankful for the countless men and women who have given their lives for our freedom and for those who are placing their lives on the line each day for our freedom. As Christians we should also be thankful for those who have sacrificed through the centuries to keep the Gospel message alive.

Without thankfulness, there can be no honor and respect. Without honor and respect, there is chaos and confusion and confusion breeds lawlessness. In order for our nation to be at peace, our families must be secure. But our families will never be complete until the spirit of thankfulness is in our hearts. Even in times of great need, we should be thankful.

In Philippians 4:6 the Bible tells us that when we pray, we should not be anxious or fearful, but as we make our requests known to God, we should do so with an attitude of thanksgiving. A lack of thankfulness will affect your prayers. Thankfulness is not an emotion, but it is a decision of the heart.

Over the years I have noticed that people who have an attitude of thankfulness are usually pleasant people with positive attitudes. Their friendships are solid and based on love and caring. They are generally happy people.

On the other hand, people who are not thankful, usually gripe and complain about everything. People who are unthankful do not respect authority and have problems submitting to authority. An unthankful person never sees themselves at fault but sees everything that is wrong in others.

Now don't take me wrong, I'm not implying that a person should be thankful for all things. Of course, you are not thankful for sickness, or poverty, or the attacks that come in life. But as a Christian, we can be thankful in spite of these things. Our lives should not be ruled by what we see around us, but instead should be ruled by the promises of God.

Even though it may look like the enemy is strong, we stand thankful for the promise of victory from God. When David looked at Goliath, everyone said, "Goliath is too big to hit." David said, "He's too big to miss." See your problems through the eyes of victory and not through the eyes of defeat. As Christians we have the victory.

The Bible says in 1 John 5:4, "This is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith." What is faith? Faith is believing that God will do what He said He would do and believing it so strongly that your words and actions are based on His promises instead of being based on what you see. If it looks like defeat is coming in an area where God has promised victory, you must believe His Word regardless of what you see.

If you are a Christian, you can be thankful in this. The God who spoke the universe into existence said that "No weapon formed against you will prosper." When the enemy says you can't make it, God's Word says, "You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you." When the enemy says, "I will overpower you," God's Word says, "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world." When the enemy says there is no way out, you say, "God's Word says I get what I say, and I say, "Victory is mine!'"

The world is full of negative words, doubt, fear, defeat, and unthankfulness. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in this. As a Christian, even though you are in the world, you are not a part of it. You live in a higher Kingdom, above the negative kingdom of fear.

The Bible tells us that God has placed before us life and death. With life comes blessing and thankfulness. Remember, thankfulness is not an emotion, but it is a decision of the heart. Choose wisely.

Larry Ollison Ministries
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