A CALL TO A LIFESTYLE OF GRATITUDE

Aug 3, 2023

I pray that we will never fall into the trap of ungratefulness that the devil has used to destroy many lives:

Let us not get into the place of taking the things God does for us for granted. This is not about the words we say but the state of our hearts.

Judges 16:16-20 And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, [so] that his soul was vexed to death,… [20] And she said, “The Philistines [are] upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him.

Samson got to that place where he became so familiar with what God had placed on his life and took it for granted.

Every time he shook himself, the power would come until a time came when he shook himself but nothing happened. That’s when he knew that the Lord had departed from him. Please, don’t become a victim of this mindset.

Deuteronomy 28:47-48 “Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you.

Ingratitude will open the door for the enemy to enter into your life. Do not take the things of God for granted.

You need to realign your heart and attitude to be full of gratitude.

Numbers 11:1-4 Now [when] the people complained, it displeased the LORD; for the LORD heard [it,] and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the LORD burned among them, and consumed [some] in the outskirts of the camp. [2] Then the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the LORD, the fire was quenched… [4] Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat?

Numbers 11:5-6 We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our whole being [is] dried up; [there is] nothing at all except this manna [before] our eyes!”

We must repent genuinely and ask God to forgive us for murmuring and complaining and start thanking Him for even the little He has given us or done.

Ingratitude will block your next level. Please do not fall victim to this spirit of ingratitude that has ravaged the generation.

Read Numbers 11:7-9

These people were eating food that was made from heaven but they were ungrateful and took it for granted.

Numbers 11:10 Then Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent; and the anger of the LORD was greatly aroused; Moses also was displeased.

A generation that had been delivered to enter into the promised land did not reach it because of their murmuring and complaining.

Please, free your heart from that Spirit that murmurs from within you silently. God cannot lift you beyond your heart. 

2 Chronicles 32:25 But Hezekiah did not make a return [to the Lord] according to the benefit done to him, for his heart became proud [at such a spectacular response to his prayer]; therefore there was wrath upon him upon Judah and Jerusalem.

 

King Hezekiah opened the door to the enemy. Ingratitude will invite Lucifer to pay a visit to your life. 

Excuse yourself from complaining and murmuring people because that spirit can easily jump onto you. Remember you are a change agent, with a different spirit and mindset everywhere you go. (Proverbs 11:11)

1 Thessalonians 5: In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

There is always something to thank God for. Small as it may be, thank God for it and He will bring the much.

Some of the unanswered prayers are due to murmuring. You may not be where you want to be but thank God for where you are. That’s how we live a life of faith. Make gratitude a lifestyle.

Romans 4:20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,

Praising God is one way of showing gratitude to Him. As Abraham thanked God, His faith was made stronger. Thanksgiving is a faith booster.

Psalms 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise [shall] continually [be] in my mouth.

We are blessed people. In all situations, whether good or bad, and at all times whether day or night, we always ought to bless the Lord. Praise God until joy comes forth. (Psalms 30:5)

God will promote you to places you don’t deserve if your heart always flows with gratitude. (Psalms 75:5-6)

There is a promotion that comes as a result of the Spirit of God, any man who carries it can not be ignored.

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.