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Gratitude-1

Matthew 25:26-28
While they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to His disciples. “Take and eat it,” He said; “This is my body.” Then He took a cup, gave thanks to God, and gave it to them. “Drink it, all of you,” He said; “This is my blood, which seals God’s covenant, my blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

A Thankful Life

Are you thankful? I mean – Do you live life with a thankful attitude? Think
about your life for a moment. Do you live with a thankful spirit? Think about
the people around you in life. What would they say about how you live your
life?

Gratitude is a hallmark of the Christian. Gratitude expresses itself in
thanksgiving. It deepens and enriches our relationship with God. We’re
needy and thankful for the blessings we’ve received. Thankful for the very
love of God. Thankful just because God loves me!

Imagine how God feels when He sees that our hearts are truly thankful. I can
just see that loving smile. His heart is warmed. I love Him so.
Thank You, Father. Thank You, Jesus. Thank you, Holy Spirit
Thank you.

How have you expressed your thankfulness this week?

I can’t say thank God enough for this blessing!

What is God saying to me through this Word?

What am I thankful for?

Prayer Focus: Persons who don’t know Jesus

Have you ever noticed how Jesus never asked His Father to bless what He was about to do? Instead, He always gave thanks. Thanking Him in advance for His provision, whatever it was.

God is very clear through the prophet Malachi that He requires 3 things from a person in regard to how we treat others. To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with Him. Yet in the psalms, they are also very clear about how we approach our God, Creator and King.

Psalm 100
Shout to the LORD, O earth!
     Worship the LORD with gladness.
     Come before Him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the LORD is God!
     He made us, and we are His.
     We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving;
     go into His courts with praise.
     Give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the LORD is good.
     His unfailing love continues forever,
     and His faithfulness continues to each generation.

I believe that this Psalm holds a key for living in the kingdom of God, here on earth today. When we are filled with a grateful heart, thankful for the hope we have in a future we cannot yet see. Wow, life just doesn't seem to be as tough as it could be.

This doesn't mean that our circumstances have no room for improvement or that we are not struggling in walking in the truths of God that we know. What we are clear about is that no matter what our life is like, it is only temporary. The tough gets easier and the good gets even better, beyond our ability to ask or even imagine.

Yes, we live in a fallen world. However, God is not interested in us separating our self from the people in the world. His heart is to reconcile All of creation back to Himself, through Jesus, God, the Son. Jesus came to save the world, not to condemn it.

God has called us, His sons and daughters, to participate in this family business of reconciliation. We are separating our thinking and even our lifestyle choices from the world. As we apply God's truths to our daily life for living life to the fullest, we are engaging the culture we live in. Our lives become the message and people around us will begin to want what we have.

It is the hope we have in Jesus, the sure certainty of the outcome of life. The outcome of our hope is Grace. This is where we are able to have joy, regardless of what our life looks like to the world. When we are grateful that God is for us and not against us; that no weapon formed against us shall prosper; that we have a God who is bigger, stronger, smarter and greater than any person or circumstance we will ever face; whom shall we fear?

When we live our life looking for the good and not focusing on the bad. When we choose to look for life and not death, we will find it becomes easier and easier to recognize the goodness of a Sovereign God. This is how we are able to have joy that is real and not a mask. We are truly able to have a grateful heart and be thankful that our God knows us by name.

When we have anticipation for the goodness our God lovingly showers us with we are not taking a position of we have earned or deserve the grace gifts He gives so generously. It is with a humble heart filled with joy, a grateful and thankful heart attitude that we are able to receive these perfect gifts from above.
 

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