A LIFESTYLE OF GRATITUDE

Aug 14, 2023

This leper did not doubt Jesus’ ability to heal but he was questioning His willingness and Jesus being moved by compassion touched him and healed him.

Mark 1:40-45 [40]Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” [41]Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” [42]As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. [43]And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, [44]and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” [45] However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.

Many of us have testimonies of what God has done for us but we do not testify. We ought to thank God even for the little He has done for us through testifying.

Genesis 1:4,10 [4]And God saw the light, that it was GOOD; and God divided the light from the darkness. [10]And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was GOOD.

God celebrated what He had done from day one of creation but many of us wait for day six to give thanks. If God can stop and celebrate what He has done, then who are you not to give thanks?

A life of thanksgiving must be within your spirit and if it becomes your heart, you will be amazed at the doors that the heavens will open for you.

Remember, you can pray a miss but you can never thank God a miss (James 4:3).

Read Mark 1:44-45

One man testified (spread the news of what Jesus did for him) that Jesus could no longer enter the city freely. God has done many things for you but how many people have you talked to about them?

Testifying is one of the ways of telling God that He is good. Do not be like the children of Israel who lived a life of complaining and murmuring (Numbers 11:1).

Jeremiah 30:19 Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving And the voice of those who make merry; I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.

When you give thanks, God multiplies and glorifies you because He knows that the more He does it, the more you will give thanks to Him.

There are so many things that God does for us and we are even not aware; thank Him for what you are and have and He will then glorify and multiply you.

Thanksgiving will adjust your attitude such that you stay on course even amidst the storms (challenges).

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

If God started it, then it is a conclusion that He will bring it to an end. Remember, you are God’s project and He will always finish every project that He starts.

Therefore, giving thanks in all circumstances for it will spice up your prayers and petitions (Philippians 4:6 AMPC).

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. (AMP)

God’s will for your life is to give thanks. Live a life of gratitude if you want God to shift your life to another level.

2 Timothy 3:2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, UNTHANKFUL, unholy,

Deuteronomy 28:47-48 [47]“Because you did not serve the Lord your God with JOY and GLADNESS of heart, for the abundance of everything, [48]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 blocks your eyes from revelation and opens your heart to attacks from the enemy.

John 17:12

Jesus was grateful that of all the disciples that God had given Him, He had lost none except the son of perdition. All the disciples deserted Him but He gave thanks for them.

There is always something good to thank God for even during the bad times. During tough situations, praise God rather than complain because complaining will open you to the enemy.

Further study

Romans 4:20 (AMPC)

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.