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⊥ Cultivating a Lifestyle of Thanksgiving ⊥


Give God a sacrifice of praise: (Heb 13:15). A sacrifice is when there is pressure to do something
—when you don’t feel like doing it; when it’s uncomfortable. God wants you to praise Him
continually with the fruit of your lips—open your mouth and say, “Thank You, Lord.” Giving
thanks will cause you to become enlarged; it will “expand your capacity to receive more.” You
must cultivate a lifestyle of thanksgiving. Cultivation is not automatic or only done when at
church. It is doing something every day, purposely. Thanksgiving is a key to experiencing
fullness—“nothing needed and nothing wanted.”
Gratitude will keep you on course—maintain an attitude of gratitude. The way to receive all that
you’ve prayed for is to continually give thanks—it causes you to remain spiritually aligned with
God. Enter into God’s presence with thanksgiving. Give thanks for what you have instead of
complaining about what you don’t have. (Ps 136:1-3) says to give thanks to God. It is good to
give God thanks (Ps 92:1). When you stay on the path of thanksgiving, you will be on the path
of light and understanding. Complaining and grumbling will get you off the path of light and
place you in darkness and confusion. An ungrateful heart will push you into darkness and
cause what you do have to be taken away (Mt 13:12).
Be thankful for what God has given you. Those who compare themselves to others and what they
have demonstrate an attitude of ingratitude and work in pride. Comparison is an insult to God.
There is nothing substandard or inferior about what God gives you, (Ps 84:11b; No good thing
does the Lord withhold, from those who walk uprightly). Be thankful for the little, and more will
come to you. Remember what Jesus done with the boy’s “two-piece fish dinner.” (Mt 14:15-21).
Don’t be ungrateful for what you have been given. Thanksgiving involves remembering what
God has done for you and valuing it.
Thanksgiving causes you to have grace (Jas 4:6). More grace is required to see more of anything in
your life. A thankful person is a humble person. Gratitude and humility go hand in hand. Pride
shows ingratitude. Pride always wants more and isn’t satisfied with what it has. Pride says,
“You owe me something”—you expect something from people. When it comes to people,
expect nothing and appreciate everything; when it comes to God, expect everything and
appreciate everything. God resists the proud and ungrateful. See what God did to Lucifer who
was ungrateful for all that God did for him; pride and ingratitude took root in him. Favor resists
the proud. Pride leads you to destruction and hell. Korah gathered a group of Israelites against
Moses and Aaron because he felt like they were taking on too much and not giving others a
chance to “shine” (Num 16:2-3). He was guilty of that of which he was accusing others (Rom
2:1). Moses told him that he was ungrateful for all that the Lord had done for him (Numbers
16:8-10). God was so grieved that He caused the ground to open up and swallow him and his
followers. Don’t look at what others have; instead, give thanks for what God has done for you.
Guard your mouth and your attitude. Murmuring and complaining will undo all that you have
strived to achieve through your prayers and confessions. Murmuring displeases God (Num
11:11). When you go from thanksgiving to murmuring, you go from light to darkness. Those
who murmured in the wilderness were destroyed; it turned God against them. People who
murmur are natural failures; nothing works for them, which causes them to live a life of
perpetual struggle. A grateful heart is your fastest escape out of the trap of murmuring.
Gratitude will cause God’s presence to engulf you.
Thanksgiving pleases God; ingratitude leads you to a curse. Jesus said that the reason the Father
hadn’t left Him was that He did all things to please God. Thanksgiving and praise please God
more than any other sacrifice (Ps 69:30-31). If you know God and don’t give thanks to Him,
your heart and imagination will be darkened. An attitude of ingratitude will open you up to a
curse and cause you to want (Deut 28:46-48). By giving thanks, you are made whole. Example:
When Jesus healed the 10 lepers, only one turned back around and gave thanks. The others
were healed, but Jesus told him that he was made whole; there was no longer anything missing
or broken in his life (Lk 17:14-19). Give thanks continually for what you have and for what is to
come.
Your circumstances should not determine whether or not you give thanks. Abraham didn’t consider
what things looked like—his old age and Sarah’s barren womb—when he stood on the Word
that God had given him (Romans 4:18-20). In the middle of everything that is going on around
you, give thanks no matter what the circumstances (1 Thes 5:18). Giving thanks is God’s will
for you. You won’t be able to find His ultimate will for your life until you have cultivated a life of
thanksgiving. If you give thanks, you will experience multiplication (Jer 30:19).
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