Thanksgiving as a lifestyle-1
Part 1 Thanksgiving vs Complaining
Our new three-part mini-series is called Thanksgiving as a lifestyle.
Today we consider thanksgiving in the Psalms and also look at the opposite effects of being unthankful or ungrateful.
Each day and each part of the day affords us opportunities to express thanks to God.
We need to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in our hearts which will produce a lifestyle of thanksgiving to God.
His mercies are new every morning and we can start our day by committing it to the Lord.
At the end of the day, we can give thanks for that day’s blessings. However, I confess it is easy to get out of the habit of being thankful to God.
The Psalms are a good example to us because they are full of thanksgiving.
"Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High." —Psalm 50:14
"I will praise the name of God with a song and will magnify him with thanksgiving." —Psalm 69:30
"Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms."—Psalm 95:2
"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise be thankful unto him and bless his name."—Psalm 100:4
Is the glass half full or half empty?
Complaining: The Opposite of Thanksgiving
One thing that does not show God how much we love and appreciate Him is complaining. It is a habit that is quite easy to fall into. But when we do this, we only make ourselves miserable and those around us unhappy.
We also must realize that complaining lessens our ability to handle adversity when it comes against us.
Psalm 77:3 says, "I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed." Complaining leads to being overwhelmed and being overwhelmed leads to passively accepting whatever life hands us.
Do not wait for life to improve before you develop attitude of gratitude, it does not work that way. We must first change our attitude and learn to give thanks in the middle of our situation. Thanksgiving enables God to change adverse circumstances. We might see amazing changes in our lives when we consistently keep an attitude of gratitude to God.
Closing Prayer- Lord give us thankful hearts for all your love, care, and provision…
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