TOPIC : CULTIVATING A HEART OF GRATITUDE AND THANKSGIVING
Scripture :Psalm 115: 1. Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.
Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter! You are welcome to December, the 12th month of the year 2021, which is also the last month. So it is the month that crowns the year! For the Bible said:
Psalm 65: 11. Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.
While our heavenly Father is crowning our year with goodness, it is wise for us to thank Him.
However, we cannot successfully thank God until we have been able to cultivate an attitude of gratitude! Hence our subject today is how to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and then proceed to thanksgiving!
What do we mean by attitude of gratitude?
It is our feeling and thinking about appreciation. Our thinking affects our behaviour.
Beloved, your attitude of gratitude is a function of your knowledge because everyone behaves to the best of what they know. If you know better you will behave better. How we give thanks to God is a function of attitude, hence it is wise to develop an attitude of gratitude to be able to thank well.
How do we cultivate the attitude of gratitude?
We cultivate a heart of gratitude by thinking of the past acts of God! What has He done in the past, think deeply!
If you can think then you can cultivate a heart of gratitude. And when your heart is full of gratitude, you can now proceed to thanksgivings and praise.
What is thanksgiving?
It is an expression of the attitude of gratitude to God for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He is yet to do.
How do we give thanks?
1. By developing a heart of gratitude : . To develop a heart of gratitude, you must have a thoughtful heart.
Many find it difficult to thank God because they don’t remember what God has done for them and where God brought them from.
Psalm 103: 2. … and forget not all his benefits:
Beloved, it is very easy to forget what God has done for you, especially those things that happened at the beginning of the year!
This is why one great enemy of thanksgiving is forgetfulness! Most times you are quick to forget what God has done for you. And then the devil is busy showing you what is not working to stop you from thanksgiving.
Whoever is showing you what has not been done, is your arch enemy because he wants you to say ‘what am I thanking God for? What has God done for me?’ That is an attitude of ingratitude! Rather, focus your mind on what God has done and cultivate the attitude of gratitude then you can give thanks continually.
I plead with you, please reject the attitude of ingratitude and show to God that you are grateful.
To develop a grateful heart, sit down for a while and ponder about your life today. It will amaze you what God has done as you begin to count your blessings and name them one by one. Beginning with your ability to sleep and wake up daily :
Psalm 3: 5. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
Besides, think about your salvation and raise appreciation to God! Think about journey mercies you enjoyed, think about the diseases God healed you from, think about terrible attacks of the devil that you recovered from, think about some nights when it appeared as though you would not make it to the next morning yet you made it! Do a soul searching and you will discover that, although you are not yet in your dream land, but you are no longer where you used to be. Then raise up your voice and give thanks.
2. Thanksgivings is the physical act of expressing your gratitude to God. You can do it with the combination of all of the following;
A. an offering (PS.96:8)
E. singing praises (Ps.47:6) to God Almighty
Beloved, let God see a heart❤️ of gratitude from you throughout this month.
Remember this : Heaven is real and hell is real! Eternity lies ahead every man. Make a decision today of where to spend eternity by surrendering your life to Jesus
Prayer points :
– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Lord I receive grace to cultivate the attitude of gratitude and be thankful always in Jesus name.
Prophetic Declaration :
– I declare, windows of heaven open up for you this December
– Every garment of shame and reproach tear off in Jesus name
From your brother Alex
God bless you.
Happy New Month!!!