Thursday Night Bible Study | The Spirit of Gratitude
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The Spirit of Gratitude
THE SPIRIT OF GRATITUDE
~1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJ) “In Everything Give Thanks; For This Is The Will Of God In Christ Jesus For You.”
~God Commands Us To Be Thankful. ~Philippians 4:4-8 (NKJ) ~Psalm 105:1 (NKJ) ~Colossians 3:15 (NKJ) ~Colossians 4:2 (NKJ)
~The Lack Of Thankfulness Is The Beginning Of Idolatry And Depravity. ~Romans 1:21 (NKJ)
~Unthankfulness Finds Expression In Our Words. ~Matthew 12:34 (NKJ)
~Grumbling, Murmuring And Complaining Are Sinful Actions.
~Complaining Demonstrates A Lack Of Trust And A Heart Of Rebellion. ~1 Chronicles 16:34 (NKJ)
~There Is An Important Story In Luke 17:11-19 (NLT). ~Ten Lepers Met Jesus And Had A Life Changing Encounter With The Lord.
~1. All Ten Lepers Were Desperate.
~2. All Ten Of Them Had Faith In Jesus.
~3. All Ten Lepers Obeyed His Instruction.
~4. And All Ten Of Them Were Healed.
~But Then We See One Has A Different Response... He Returned To Give Thanks To Jesus.
~There Were Nine Who Did Not Take The Time To Say Thank You.
~These Nine Guys Are A Lot Like Us… Look At This…
~1. One Waited To See If The Cure Was Real. ~2. One Waited To See If It Would Last.
~3. One Said Maybe He Would See Jesus Later. ~4. One Said He Probably Would Have Gotten Well Anyway.
~5. One Gave The Glory To The Priests. ~6. One Said, "O, Well, Jesus Didn’t Really Do Anything That Special."
~7. One Said, "Any Rabbi Could Have Done The Same Thing For Me." ~8. One Said, "I Think I Was Already Getting Better." ~9. One Decided That It Was Probably Not A Miracle After All... And That He Just Never Had Leprosy.
~10. And Then There Was One Who Returned To Give God Thanks.
~1. A Priority Of Your Gratitude. ~Luke 17:14, “He Looked At Them And Said, “Go Show Yourselves To The Priests.” And As They Went, They Were Cleansed Of Their Leprosy.”
~Question: Why Did Jesus Tell Them To Go To The Priest? ~Why Didn’t He Just Say, “Be Healed”?
~Answer: Because Faith Is Always Required Of Those Who Need His Help. They Went By Faith And They Were Healed.
~2. The Perception Of Gratitude. ~Luke 17:15 (NKJ) “He Saw” That He Was Healed. ~The Priority In Your Gratitude Is To Worship God First… Praising, Giving, Loving, Faithing, Trusting. ~Those Who Neglect To Live In Thankfulness Often Miss Out On Greater Blessings That God Would Have For Them. ~People Don’t Complain Because They Have A Lot Of Problems... They Have Problems Because They Consistently Murmur And Gossip And Complain.
~Complaining Makes Us Miserable. ~Psalm 77:3 (NKJ) “I Complained And My Spirit Was Overwhelmed.”
~3. Perfection In Your Gratitude. ~Luke 17:15-16 (NKJ) Proving God’s Worth By The Way You Live Your Daily Life.~Luke 17:19 (NKJ) “…Your Faith Has Made You Whole.” ~Those Whom God Can Truly Bless Are Those Who Have Made It A Point To Thank God Often For The Things With Which He Has Already Blessed Them.
~If Christians Praised God More, The World Would Doubt Him Less. ~More Praise… More Souls. ~Psalm 100 (NKJ)~You Won’t Be Happy With More Until You’re Happy With What You’ve Got Right Now!
~1 Thessalonians 5:16 (MSG) “Be Cheerful No Matter What, Pray All The Time; Thank God No Matter What Happens. This Is The Way God Wants You Who Belong To Christ Jesus To Live.” ~Psalm 100:4 (MSG) “Enter With The Password: “Thank You!” Make Yourselves At Home, Talking Praise. Thank Him. Worship Him.”
~When Things Are Tough, Remember Hebrews 13:15 “Through Jesus, Let Us Continually Offer To God A Sacrifice Of Praise--The Fruit Of Lips That Confess His Name.” ~1 Corinthians 1:4 (NKJ) “I Thank My God Always Concerning You.”
~1. An Attitude Of Gratitude Is The Will Of God For You.
~2. An Attitude Of Gratitude Is Developed Over Time.
~3. It Opens The Windows Of Heaven To Us.
~4. “Thanks” Is Our Password To Access.
~5. We Need To Be Thankful In Good Times And Bad Times. In Plenty Or In Want.
~6. Don’t Wait For Better Days. Give Thanks In Whatever Circumstances You Are In Now.
Pastor Gary McSpaddenPastor
Gary McSpadden has been a leader in spreading the Word of God throughout the world through teaching, singing, writing and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ for over 50 years. He and his wife Carol founded Faith and Wisdom Church in April of 2010 with a group of 24 loving, wonderful people in Branson, MO. They continue to lead this growing and thriving group of believers today.
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