We have ever reason in the world to be grateful AT ALL TIMES because of Christ. Today we are talking about the spiritual work of gratitude and a little first thanksgiving history.
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The Work of Gratitude
One of the ways we can prove faithful as Christian women, wives, and mothers, is to be grateful.
In fact, grateful really means Christian - we are to be thankful, ready to show our appreciation for God and return to him good works that bring glory to such a gracious and good God
I head author Rebecca Merkle say that Gratitude is uniquely Christian because of our God.
Being thankful is a most important spiritual work!
Think about our natural selves, the flesh. It is easy to complain. It is easy to grumble. It is easy to find the negative.
It takes work - it takes an active resistance against our flesh to stop and give praise instead of complain and grumble.
Gratitude is such an important work!
Think about this when a society turns and slides into darkness:
Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
They did not honor God as God
They did not give thanks to God
For the child of God there is no limit to gratitude.
Gratitude does Three Things:
Gratitude acknowledges God.
Gratitude keeps our hearts humble.
Gratitude changes our perspective.
When we are thankful we are very clear that we are not God. That God is Sovereign and at work and is gracious and merciful and gives good gifts to HIs children.
We may not be able to change our circumstances, but an eye for thankfulness will put our hope in the Eternal God.
One Way to Learn Gratitude
Read the Bible and read it with the right perspective.
The Bible is about God.
Rejoice at the truth we read!
Scripture Reading: Genesis 19 God Rescues Lot
We have committed treason against God - we have rebelled against the Sovereign and we deserve death.
Yet, God in His mercy, God in His loving kindness, God is His goodness, sent His Son Jesus to be sin for us, that we might be forgiven. The one who knew no sin became sin. The innocent one took the blame. He was crushed for our inequity. The punishment that brought us peace was upon HIM.
First Thanksgiving Providence
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