Friday, July 9, 2010

Just Say "HA!"

Too often, we overlook one of the greatest keys to victorious living. I like to call it "HA!" It is an acronym for living life with an attitude that simply says; "Hallelujah, Anyhow!" No matter what, God is good. No matter what, God loves me. No matter what, God is STILL God! It is living life with the knowledge that God is greater than any circumstance or situation that I may encounter.

It Starts with Gratitude

The first necessary step to living the "HA!" life, is to have a thankful heart and grateful spirit. In Colossians 2:7, the apostle Paul, encouraged Christians to "Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving."

Two men were walking through a field one day when they spotted an enraged bull. Instantly they darted toward the nearest fence. The storming bull followed in hot pursuit, and it was soon apparent they wouldn't make it.
Terrified, the one shouted to the other, "Say a prayer, John. We're in for it!"
John answered, "I can't. I've never made a public prayer in my life."
"But you must!" implored his companion. "The bull is gonna catch us."
"All right," panted John, "I'll say the only prayer I know, the one my father used to repeat at the table: 'O Lord, for what we are about to receive, make us truly thankful!'"

One of the greatest privileges of being a Christian is to have the capacity to give thanks regardless of the circumstances. It is easy to be thankful when things are going our way, but a Christian can rise above any situation to thank God for causing all things to work together for good. Paul, the apostle, was a man who suffered a great deal of pain and yet he wrote, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (I Thes. 5: 16-18)

Why is it God's Will for us to give thanks in everything?

1) When We Thank God in Every Circumstance, We Focus on God and not the Circumstance.

Paul wrote this from prison: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)" Paul was living what he was encouraging others to do -- he was focusing on the greatness of God, not his present circumstance. Stop looking at the problem and look at God!

2) When We Thank God in Every Circumstance, we are Declaring God’s Greatness.

In Job 1:21, in the Bible, Job was able to say; “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised." He was declaring God's greatness in spite of his own personal loss. The more that we declare how great God truly is, the more we have faith to believe that He will make a way for us through our present difficulty.

3) When We Thank God in Every Circumstance, we Defeat the attitudes of Defeat.

The psalmist made an interesting statement in the Bible. He penned, “I complain, and my spirit is overwhelmed" (Psalms 77:3-WEB). When we grumble, complain and whine about our circumstances, our spirit gets overwhelmed. It is overwhelmed by negative attitudes that are defeating. When we give God thanks, the opposite is true -- our spirit is encouraged and strengthened. That's why we also read in the Psalms, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD! (92:1)”

God has given us an incredible tool to live victorious, overcoming and abundant lives in Him -- It is the "Hallelujah anyhow" attitude of living. Not predicated on human circumstance, but God's divine providence.

Start using the "Hallelujah, anyhow" attitude in your life today.
Just say; "HA!"