SUSTAINING A HEART OF GRATITUDE

Dec 27, 2023

The biggest danger for many believers is forgetting where God picked them from and starting to take things for granted. That is what kept the children of Israel in bondage for over forty years.

Exodus 16:2-3 Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, …

The children of Israel became so used to God’s doings that they no longer gave Him the awe/honor they gave Him before.

This is how we lose our place in the presence of God and before you know it, you find yourself doing the same thing but when the presence has been lifted off.

We have to be very careful in sustaining a heart of honor, reverence, and awe even for the least happenings in our midst because nothing touches God like a grateful heart.

Deuteronomy 8:18 “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for [it is] He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as [it is] this day.

God warned the children of Israel because He knows us that, as human beings, we tend to forget where the Master picked us from.

God is the one who gave you the power; where you are and what you have, don’t forget because it helps you to keep the right perspective, and stay humble and sane.

The book of Judges is filled with a lifestyle of backsliding and returning which God doesn’t want us to have. When things were bad, they were seeking God and when God restored them, they forgot everything, and indulged in the flesh, when the enemy rose again because of what they were doing, they cried again to God.

You shouldn’t be like that; God wants you to sustain a heart of gratitude at all costs if you are to sustain and attract more of God’s blessings.

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, …

Whatever you are doing, are you doing it from a place of gratitude, joy and gladness?

You may not be where you want to be or what you want to have but at least you are not where you used to be. Look at what He has done in your life and thank Him for that.

2 Samuel 6:12-13 … 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.

For every six steps, David thanked the Lord. That’s the kind of attitude we have to carry.

It is thanksgiving that spices up your prayer and gives it that perfume that causes heaven to bow down.

You may be having pain in your body, no finances, but focus on what you have and thank God for life. John 16:33

Luke 17:15-17

The majority did not return to thank because they took things for granted.

Are you really grateful? The Lord is challenging us today that as we take stock of our lives, it is worthy bowing our knees and telling the Master; “Lord, I am grateful”.

Am reminded of two great patriots of faith in the bible; Job and David.

After Job had lost everything including his children in one day, he went down on his knees and worshiped God (Job 1:21)

After David’s son had died, he washed his face, went to his tent, and worshiped God (2 Samuel 12:20).

These people stand out in the Bible because of their understanding of who God is. They never judged God with evil because they knew and understood where He brought them from.

I challenge you, not religiously saying it but let it be a heartfelt gratitude to the Lord.

STAY SUPER BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.