Cultivating A Heart of Thanksgiving

We are reminded in this story that what Jesus has done in our lives should never be forgotten. Past, present and future.

LUKE 17:11-19

11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 

  • ITS COMMON TO SEE A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HAS THE SAME OUTLOOK AND THE SAME ATTITUDE OF A CONDITION HUDDLED TOGETHER. 
  • Those who are not thankful are those who conditions never change

SOMETIMES WE ARE NOT PRESENTED WITH A QUESTION FROM GOD BUT AN ACTION AND THAT ACTION IS THANKFULNESS, PRAISE AND HONOR!

“Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. “

There’s something powerful about taking a step of action. 

I believe sometimes God does this to show our Re Action. 

Remember that action portrays character.
We may say we can believe God in a certain area, but are we acting in faith? 

15 And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 

16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” 

THE LEPERS WERE WANTING HEALING BUT ONLY ONE CAME BACK WITH A HEART OF PRAISE! 

THE BEGINNING OF REBELLION IS A THANKLESS HEART.

I NEVER WANT TO ARRIVE AT A PLACE TO WHERE IM NOT GRATEFUL FOR WHAT HE HAS GIVEN ME.

I NEVER WANT TO THINK THAT I CAN MAKE IT ON MY OWN



Take a minute and reflect on what the Lord has done, remember when we weren’t faithful, He was faithful!

Remember that pit that He got you out of!

Remember the sin that He freed you from!

Do You Have Room For Him?

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You’re begging to the attendant at the service counter, “Please make room for me!” But every attempt goes unheard of. You go from hotel to hotel and motel to motel, still no room can be found.

She brought forth her firstborn Son…and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:7 NKJV

In the gospel of Luke we read that Mary and Joseph having this same ordeal. Their trip was planned though, much anticipated and I’m sure Mary was anxious to get the child labor out of the way. But why couldn’t they find a room? Really? The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Messiah, The Chosen One, Son of God, the Creator, they were told to go away. Jesus, Mary and Joseph got rejected at every Inn (motel) they came across. They came to one Inn and all they had was a stable, a stable for animals. Not the best amenities but it worked.

  • Do we make the same mistake of the innkeeper? Do we tell Jesus that you have no time for Him today, ignore the prompting of the Spirit because its not convenient?
  • This Christmas, give to God your life, your time, and especially your heart. Listen for that urgent knock, and every time you hear it, move aside and make room for Him.

Are You Acknowledging Him?

JOHN 1:1213

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

How great it is to be called a son or daughter of the Most High. Every season of Christmas I am reminded of not only the Promise of Jesus but the invitation that He gives freely to everyone to receive Him. It is an invitation for all. “That no one should perish”


I’d like to mention that we can receive many things in life and people without actually acknowledging them. We take everything for granted at times, I know I do. Anyone who is of God has already received Him, but are we acknowledging Him? In our everyday? Are we showing it with our actions, on how we treat others, show love and our lives presenting Christ?

Receive definition: be given, presented with, or paid (something).

Acknowledge definition: accept or admit the existence or truth of.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

When we received Him, we had said “God I can’t do life on my own, I need your help, forgive me of any wrong in my life and help me everyday to live a life for you.” That is acknowledging Him!

Our victory, hope, healing, peace and joy is in acknowledging him for what he done at the cross.

SO ARE WE DECLARING WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST EVERYDAY? ACKNOWLEDGING THE POWER THAT IS IN HIS NAME WHEN WE RECEIVED HIM AS LORD OVER OUR LIVES?

OR ARE WE DECLARING WHAT OUR PROBLEMS ARE INSTEAD OF WHO WE ARE.

WE ARE WHO HE SAYS WE ARE:

WE ARE: 

Victorious.

Righteous.

Holy.

Blameless.

We are royalty.

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His Will, His Ways

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letting go sometimes is a hard thing to do, especially when you’re young and you have so many dreams, ambitions and desires that you want to go after. But have you left God out of the equation? Are you going after His will or your way?
When the Lord asks us to do something it can be overwhelming, believe me when the Lord called me to preach, I felt like Moses who didn’t have it all together, the right skills, etc. Those are the people that He wants to use, those who know nothing.
Exodus 3:11 “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
Q: Who am I? Who are you?
A: You are a blood bought child of God, redeemed and loved who has been qualified to do the task at hand, nothing shall stop you! You can do anything and everything through Christ!

 

Exodus 4:10 “Then Moses said to the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

Excuses, excuses. Our disabilities has no excuse for His ability to use us, no matter what it is. If He has called you, He will equip you!

 

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A door has many symbols of what it represents. As in the spiritual it symbolizes freedom; as in such a sinner coming to know Christ. Once living in darkness but walking into the light. And a christian moving closer and closer to the heart of God through the rooms of trials and circumstances only to experience the intimacy that God is allowing us to have with Him.

“Open” a short series by gfjministry.com coming late October

“Blessed are the pure in heart”

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”. – Matthew 5:8

I must see that my ways please the Lord. Even then I shall have enemies; and, perhaps, all the more certainly because I endeavored to do that which is right. But what a promise this is! The Lord will make the wrath of men to praise Him, and abate it so that it shall not distress me. When I meet death, who is called the last enemy, I pray that I may be at peace. Only let my great care be to please the Lord in all things.
Charles Spurgeon

What a great privilege to know when we breathe our last breath here on earth that the next breath we will enter into is Heavens rest. The contamination of the sin that some harbor in their hearts is only leading them away from the presence of God rather than closeness and intimacy that you could not even imagine by being free from these pollutions.

What a pure heart person can see:

– The heart-pure person can see God in nature
– The heart pure person can see God in scripture
– The heart pure person can see God in his church family
– The heart pure person can see something of God’s true character.

What is in your heart?

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“In a World that will fail, His love will always remain.”