SPF 103: The Work of Gratitude & First Thanksgiving Providence

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:

  1. Gratitude acknowledges God. 

  2. Gratitude keeps our hearts humble. 

  3. 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

Romans 8

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

Shine As Lights Kidscast Podcast - Check out the Thanksgiving Episode about Squanto!
Squanto’s Story - https://bible.org/illustration/story-squanto

Mayflower History - http://mayflowerhistory.com/tisquantum/

May not and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say: “Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness but they cried unto the Lord, and He heard their voice, and looked on their adversity. Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good, and His mercies endure forever. Yea, let them which have been redeemed of the Lord, shew how He hath delivered them from the hand of the oppressor. When they wandered in the; desert wilderness out of the way, and found no city to dwell in, both hungry, and thirsty, their soul was overwhelmed in them. Let them confess before the Lord His loving kindness, and His wonderful works before the sons of men.
— William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation
According to the diary of Pilgrim Governor William Bradford, Squanto “became a special instrument sent of God for [our] good . . . He showed [us] how to plant [our] corn, where to take fish and to procure other commodities . . . and was also [our] pilot to bring [us] to unknown places for [our] profit, and never left [us] till he died.
— https://bible.org/illustration/story-squanto

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