A HEART OF GRATITUDE

Jul 28, 2023

This scripture indicates that ingratitude, murmuring and complaining will open doors for the enemy to run havoc in your life. I have lived with several people and noticed that it’s so easy to get used to what God does, that we begin to take things for granted and lose the sense of gratitude that we once had when God did it for the first time.

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.

Humans tend to become familiar with what God does and this is what brings about ingratitude. Such was the life of a nation that God delivered from bondage: they got so used to the wonders/mana that God provided for them, that their hearts began to despise it.

Numbers 21:5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For [there is] no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.”

They complained or murmured and a nation that was delivered to go to the promised land (an entire generation) perished at the border of the promise because of ingratitude.

They failed to possess what they were delivered to because they were complaining all the time.

2 Timothy 3:1-2 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.

One of the spirits of the last days is the spirit that looks down on things and fails to say “thank you” even for the little that they have. This has stagnated many lives and ministries.

Giving testimonies is one of the ways of thanking God for what He has done and there is no small testimony; it may be small to you but big to the one testifying.

Matthew 8:1-4 [1]When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. [2]And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”[3]Then Jesus put out [His] hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. [4]And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

One man was cleansed and he spread the news and advertised Jesus to the point that He could not go anywhere openly because of crowds; people came from different directions because of this man’s testimony.

How many testimonies do we have in the church today and people are seated on them because they are waiting for the big ones? It is a heart filled with pride and the Spirit of despise that looks down on what God is doing.

You will not qualify for the next level until God keenly sees the genuine heartfelt gratitude flowing out of you.

2 Samuel 6:12-13 Now it was told King David, saying, “The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that [belongs] to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness. And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep.

David sacrificed every six steps while thanking God. How many bulls died that day as a result of a man showing gratitude because God had accepted him?

Most believers’ lives are plateaued because of ingratitude: they can’t see what God is doing, yet there is always something good even in something that looks bad. The attitude of gratitude is the attitude of promotion in this life. (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Read Matthew 25:14-30

Three men were given talents; one was given one, the other was given two and another five. The one who was given five and the other who was given two were grateful and did something with their talents but the man who was given one refused to work with it because his heart was evil (he lacked gratitude).

The secret to increase is locked up in the heart of gratitude. You may not have what you want now but thank God for what you have, you may not be where you want to be but thank God for where you are until you find yourself at the pinnacle of where you want to be.

Never get used to what God has ever done or what He is doing for you. That’s why I give you an assignment tonight, to go to your store and pull out of your spirit every good thing that God has ever done for you and thank Him. If you need to tell people about it, do so: publish and make Jesus famous for what He has done.

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.