O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 107:1
Do you complain when you don’t get your way? Listen to the words you speak. Do they reflect a heart of gratitude and thankfulness or complaining and murmuring? Read the emails you send. Do they reflect a thankful heart? When you speak to your co-workers about work, are your words expressing a thankful heart? Complaining comes from the wilderness. God wants you to move into the Promised Land of thankfulness. Complaining is a sign of being ungrateful.
Thankfulness is the antidote to complaining and murmuring. Do you say, “thank you” the same way you greet people, “how are you?” Do you have a truly thankful and appreciative heart for all the Lord has given you?
God hates grumbling and complaining and loves a thankful heart. The Israelites grumbled and died in the desert, never making it into the Promised Land. Complaining is a sin.
God uses the desert and wilderness to shape and mold you. He uses it to test your heart. He uses the circumstances of life to determine if you will remain faithful. Will you be thankful over the little things of life?
Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years; to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. Deuteronomy 8: 8 What is in your heart will come out of your mouth.
In Thessalonians we read to give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. We are called to be thankful in ALL circumstances. This is God’s good, pleasing and perfect will for you. There is power in thankfulness. Have you expressed your sincere thankfulness to Christ Jesus for the sacrifice He paid for your sin?
Count your blessings. Name them one by one. Write down your blessings. Count the number of ways God has blessed you. When you don’t get your way, thank the Lord.
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