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THOUGHTS ON THANKS: THE DARK SIDE OF THANKS

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools… Romans 1:21-22
 It is easy to be happy and thankful to God when things are going well, but it gets more difficult when the going gets tough. And this is a period that can be dangerous for believers. It is when things get tough that we must remember to continue to thank God. Not doing so could be deadly.
 Paul describes people who “knew God,” but “they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks.” It is unclear if He is speaking of people who were truly born-again or those who merely thought that they were religious. Only God truly knows. But notice two things that the Holy Spirit specifically points out about these people: they did not honor Him and they did not thank Him. It almost seems that the two go hand in hand.
 The progression from there seems like a downward spiral. They became futile, or useless, as they started to lean on their own understanding. Any time that we lean on our own understanding, and start rejecting God’s wisdom, the result is not good. In this case, “their foolish heart was darkened.” They put their thoughts, ideas, speculations, and opinions ahead of God’s Word, and “they became fools.”
 Therefore, let us not forget to thank God in all circumstances of life. Not doing so could encourage the rotting of our very own souls.

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