“Christians have the privilege of magnifying and praising the Lord

for all He has done for them.”

The virus situation is demanding, tough, and scary, but remember God promises strength and encouragement in tough times for us to trust and claim.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

The psalmist said, “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord” (Psalm 150:6).  You and I have the high privilege of magnifying and praising the Lord for all that He has done for us. We should “never” communicate negativism, at home or elsewhere. Christians should radiate a positive attitude at all times, giving thanks for everything (I Thessalonians 5:18).

Did not our precious Lord Jesus Christ say, “…I am come that they might have life and they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10)? Life is to be enjoyed, and the disciplined individual will have learned to get the most out of life by putting the most into it. If one has a negative attitude toward service for Christ, how can one praise Him? Change that negative into a positive attitude, it can be done!

Let me suggest that it takes genuine discipline to answer life’s trials with a smile. One must be truly convinced that “…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). When the trials come, remember the He never makes any mistakes. That is why it is so important to

“Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). Remember, others are watching you, the Christian, to find out how to properly handle adversity.

Not only do you, the Christian, need to develop a praise attitude but every member of your household. Be on guard, the greed and materialism of the world can breed discontentment. Paul told Timothy, “…godliness with contentment is great gain” (I Timothy 6:6). We must learn to be thankful for all that God has given to us!

Tom W. Shelton, Sr., President of Open Bible Ministries of TN, Inc.