It is easy to become overly concerned about our negative situations. However, we are responsible for our emotions and perception. Therefore, we do not have to allow ourselves to be troubled by what we see. Instead, we can choose to have an attitude of gratitude by faith. When we give thanks, we choose to focus on the good things God has done for us.

  1. “We can take authority over our emotions” (John 14:1, 27, AMP).
    1. Negative emotions are designed to move us in a negative direction in life.
      1. If we allow ourselves to be agitated, we allow ourselves to yield to fear.
      2. Fear gives Satan access to our lives.
      3. Therefore, we must become skilled in overcoming emotional disturbances. If not, our emotions can move us out of the will of God for our lives.
      4. Agitation robs us of our peace, and our peace is our security in the midst of turmoil.
    2. We can gain victory over agitation by responding the right way.
      1. When negative emotions arise, we must state what we believe to combat them.
      2. Statements of belief help us overcome agitation and fear.
      3. For example, we can confess that we have peace, and look up scriptures to confess when we are agitated.
  2. How can thanksgiving fight agitation?
    1. We rise above agitation by giving thanks.
    2. It is the will of God that we are thankful.
    3. Agitation can be used as an opportunity to develop in contentment and peace.
    4. In the last days, things will happen to cause us to be agitated. However, we must maintain our peace and free ourselves from fear, agitating passions, and moral conflicts (2 Peter 3:1-14, AMP).

Scripture References:

  • John 14:1, 27, AMP
  • 2 Peter 3:1-14, AMP

Pastor Robert Bagonza

Senior Pastor Redeemed Church