Possessing a grateful heart

„In everything give thanks:for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.“1Thessalonians5:18

A grateful heart matters a lot to God. When gratitude flows from a grateful heart, it becomes pleasing to God. You need to understand this, everyday we have a reason to be grateful to the Lord. When you think about salvation alone,thanksgiving should proceed out of your mouth. How much more the gift of life everyday!

The Psalmist says in Psalm 103:1-5 „Bless the LORD,O my soul: and all that is within me,bless His holy name.Bless the LORD, O my soul and  forget not all His benefits:Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;Who healeth all thy diseases;Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.“

As you can see, verse one says everything within us should appreciate God and be grateful to Him and not forget all His benefits. Being alive in Him and still breathing the air He provides is a good enough reason to be thankful. Think of this for example: if you are looking for a job, don’t complain,thank God that you are a candidate for a job. Are you aware that there are people at this moment who are fighting for life? They are not even thinking of jobs!

The Bible says in everything give thanks because your tomorrow will be far better than today! If you will look to Him and say to your soul, „Soul, forget not His benefits and goodness“ and you engage in heartfelt thanksgiving,He will make your tomorrow secured. Thanksgiving lifts you up. When you are grateful to God, you cannot be grounded in life.

Moreso, God always shows up to the grateful to make them whole when their situation so requires. Remember the ten lepers: „And one of them, when he saw that he was healed,turned back,and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him,Arise,go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.“ Luke 17:15-19

Therefore,give thanks to God for all that He has done in your life and He will perfect the remaining. He that has begun a good work in your life is able to finish it.

„Being confident of this very thing,that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.“ Phillipians1:6

In Life Kingdom Church Int’l, this is our month of thanksgiving.

God bless you

Pastor Thomson Imonopi

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