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Sunday, August 25, 2019

THANK YOU LORD



        "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (1 Thessalonians 5:18)  This is a powerful and important command.  But let's be honest, how often do we obey and claim this truth, especially when difficult events unfold in our lives?  I must admit that I have often had trouble doing so when I have been hit with troubling situations.  Did I thank the Lord when my mother died in an auto accident?  Did I thank Him when my brother died of cancer?  Did I thank Him when my wife needed heart surgery?  Did I thank Him when my cancer grew worse?  I must admit that I probably didn't at the times those things happened.  But later on, as I grew in the Lord and learned more about the will of God in my life, I was able to thank Him for taking me through these trials and teaching me important lessons.  I am often reminded of Romans 8:28 where we are told that ALL things work together for good for God's children.  Dan Burgess must have learned similar lessons which led him to write the words of this week's worship song.  "I thank You Lord for the trials that come my way, in that way I can grow each day as I let You lead."  The Lord has promised never to let us go through trials that are too much for us to bear.  And He has promised never to leave us or forsake us.  He is the same God that was with the thee young men in the fiery furnace and with Daniel in the Den of Lions.  "But it goes against the way I am to put my human nature down and let the spirit take control of all I do, cause when those trials come my human nature shouts the things to do and God's soft prompting can be easily ignored."   And if you are like me, this is so often true.  But God has so much yet to teach us and going through these trials is one way to learn these vital lessons.  So we do need to  learn to thank Him for being with us and helping us to grow in Him as we experience these trials.  Lord, thank you for the trials that bring me closer to you.  Thank you for your presence in these times and for the guidance, strength, peace and comfort that you provide.


I thank You Lord
for the trials that come my way
in that way I can grow each day
as I let You lead
and I thank you Lord
for the patience those trials bring
in the process of growing
I can learn to care

But it goes against the way I am
to put my human nature down
and let the spirit
take control of all I do
cause when those trials come my
human nature shouts the things to do
and God's soft prompting
can be easily ignored

I thank you lord with
each trial I feel inside
that you're there to help lead
and guide me away from wrong
Cause you promised Lord
that with ev'ry testing
that your way of escaping
is easier to bear

But it goes against the way I am
to put my human nature down
and let the spirit
take control of all I do
cause when those trials come my
human nature shouts the things to do
and God's soft prompting
can be easily ignored

I thank you Lord for the
vict'ry that growing brings
in surrender of ev'rything
life is so worthwhile
and I thank you Lord that
when ev'rthing's put in place
out in front I can see your
face and it's there you belong

Listen to it here.      TRIALS
Dan Burgess had a special meeting with Cynthia Clawson and Brian Mann who discussed and performed this number.  You can listen to this special event here.   BURGESS

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