Rock Harbor Christian Fellowship
The Secret to Thankfulness
What is the secret to being thankful? Let's find out together this morning!
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  • Rock Harbor Christian Fellowship
    1475 Quintana Rd, Morro Bay, CA 93442, USA
    Sunday 8:30 AM, Sunday 10:00 AM
Big Idea: We can learn gratitude by trusting that God’s power and provision are greater than our circumstances.
I. Trusting God in Plenty (vv. 10-13)
A. It may seem odd to say that we need to trust God in times of plenty, but it’s in these moments that we are most apt to forget our blessings (cf. Deut. 6:10-12). Writing from prison, Paul understands the importance of thankfulness and contentment in allcircumstances.
B. How can we learn to praise God and be thankful in times of plenty?
1. Cultivate a spirit of thankfulness (v. 1; cf. 1 Thes. 5:16-18)
2. Cultivate a spirit of worship (cf. Ps. 34:1-3)
3. Keep Jesus at the center of it all (v. 13)
4. Remember that at its heart, thankfulness is not just about our blessings, it’s also about recognizing and celebrating God’s goodness
II. Trusting God in Want (vv. 11-13)
A. Probably none of us needs to be reminded to go to God in times of want and trouble. The challenge, though, is not just to trust God in our trials, but to learn how God can develop and mature us through our trials (vv. 11-12; cf. Js. 1:2-4).
B. How can we learn to praise God and be thankful in times of want?
1. Trust that God has it under control
2. Trust that God will work things out for our good (cf. Rom. 8:26-29)
C. Trust that God is doing a work in and through you (cf. 2 Cor. 1:3-7)
4. Remember, the secret to our strength is Jesus (v. 13)

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