A sister experiencing some difficult trials received a dream from the Lord.  In the dream the Lord gave her a key and impressed on her it was a key of thankfulness.  A thankful heart IN the midst of a trial, (not FOR the trial), is a powerful spiritual weapon. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “IN everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”.  We can always find something to be thankful for, most importantly the fact that God’s faithfulness and presence is our constant companion.  Our trials and difficulties serve to give us a deeper walk with the Lord, maturing us as He teaches us His ways.  In the dream, as the sister began to pour out her heart in thankfulness, she was ushered into another dimension of praise to the Lord and then higher still into the glory of worship, overwhelmed by His presence, experiencing the fulness of the joy of the Lord.

Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the path of life: in Your presence is fulness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore”.

The sister knew that the Lord Jesus had spoken to her through the dream and given her the key to elevate her above, and in spite of, any adversity she was experiencing.  Our trials are the testing places we pass through on our journey to our Promised Land, the fulness of God.

I may fix my eyes on the Lord, but is my heart fixed on Him?  It has a bias to wander and get side tracked, but keeping thankful in all circumstances opens the door to worship, and keeps me in that safe place.  Jesus is my safe place.  There is nothing I can give back to Him that did not originate from Him, except a thankful heart.  The benefit of going through a trial with a right attitude is that the thankfulness increases, and ownership of that thankfulness brings increasing joy in relationship with the Lord, independent of any adversity.  When I find the joy of reaching God’s heart in the trial, the accompanying joy and peace of His presence carry me through.  The circumstances become mere shadows in His glorious light.  I can only bow in worship, overwhelmed by His love for me, the love that will not let me go.

God’s plan in creation was to make an incomplete man, that I might find my completion in Him.

Colossians 2: 8-10 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  For in Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  AND YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM, who is the head of all principality and power”.

God’s plan is an imperfect man, that we may find our perfection in Him.  Swing wide the door of your heart today, bid the King of Kings welcome into an atmosphere of thanksgiving, the path of life.

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