Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Don't you love to get into God's Word and experience the revelation of what He is saying for your life and what He is doing among us in the world today! Through this blog, we will explore the heart of God and the flow of His Spirit. At times we will discuss those spiritual issues that many of us want to know more about. Get ready to go deeper into the Word of God.

DEEPER IN THE WORD                          

DEEPER IN THE WORD              




Greatfulness Brings

Greatness! 


Jeanne Alcott


       The challenges of life come to us all.  But the Christian who has a grateful heart toward God creates an atmosphere of expectancy that He will intervene to rescue and deliver and to completely undo that which the devil has tried to do.

       When we’re thankful to God even when circumstances are bad, that attitude will help decide the outcome of our circumstances.  That’s why we have to be thankful even when we don't see God’s involvement in what we're going through. 

       Have you ever had the thought, If God is intervening, why don't I see anything changing?  Perhaps you’re saying something like this right now:

· “What's happening on my job isn't fair.”

· “I really need God to intervene in my finances.”

· “I had an accident.  Where was God when that happened?”

· “I feel so lonely.”

· “My responsibilities are so heavy that I feel overwhelmed.”

· “If the Lord doesn’t do something for my marriage soon, I may no longer have a marriage.”

· “I’ve waited so long for my desire to come to pass—is my situation ever going to change?” 

       It's only natural for us to have these types of thoughts when we look at our needs, problems, and unfulfilled desires.  But before those thoughts get so strong that they start dictating our emotions and influencing our decisions, we need to reverse them.  Yes, we can reverse the “grumbling” and make it gratefulness instead. 

       In fact, we need to say to ourselves, “I’m going to have gratefulness instead of grumbling!”  This is the attitude that causes God to intervene in a greater way.  We may not understand why so much time has passed, but we still have to show our trust in Him by maintaining a heart of gratitude.  I know it can be hard to do.  Our mind wants to go down the road of trying to understand why God hasn't intervened yet. 

But When We Replace Our Discontent
With Gratitude,
Something Supernatural Happens!

       But when we replace our discontent with gratitude, something supernatural happens.  I really want you to get this:  When you start voicing your thankfulness to God, there is going to be change.  For one, your mind is going to be broadened to understand the goodness and greatness of God. 

       Rev. Thomas Secker, 18th-century Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote, "A grateful mind is a great mind." 

       How does a grateful mind become great?  A grateful mind doesn’t think small.  When a person thinks small, that’s what they end up with—small results.  But if a person is thinking great thoughts about God, that’s what they end up with—great results!

       You see, gratefulness really does bring greatness!

       Our gratefulness brings greatness because the Lord Himself responds to a thankful heart.  Being grateful opens our mind to see how great our God is.  The effect of being thankful is that our heart is lightened so that we don't feel the effects of those heavy burdens that try to oppress us.  Joy returns because that’s what gratitude brings with it—joy

       You can't be both sad and grateful.  That’s because being grateful makes you glad.  Glad about what?  You’re glad you serve a God who is faithful to you.  You know that whatever you face, He’s going to be there to help with the outcome of the situation.  That’s what God wants to hear us rehearsing—not the "what I haven't seen yet," but the "what I have seen and will see again."

       Psalm 75:1 (AMPC) says, We give praise and thanks to You, O God, we praise and give thanks; Your wondrous works declare that Your Name is near and they who invoke Your Name rehearse Your wonders.  As we give thanks to God, we’re saying that His name is near—that His Presence is intervening in our lives and in the lives of those close to us. 

       Friend, we need to watch what we’re rehearsing.  Whatever we're playing over and over in the recording of our mind is the direction in which we’ll move.  In other words, if we’re focused on all the things with which we are discontented, we will head in that direction.  We’ll just go deeper into what has caused us to be dissatisfied. 

       On the other hand, if we rehearse and therefore concentrate on God’s faithfulness, we will move in that direction—in the direction of all He has for us. 

       I'm not saying we shouldn’t recognize the bad things that happen.  No, when something bad happens, we can see it, and we definitely feel it.  Pretending that a problem or challenge isn’t there is not faith!

Faith Is Able To Look Adverse Circumstances
in the Face
and Still Express Gratitude to God!

       Faith is able to look adverse circumstances in the face and still express gratitude to God.  So during times of tests or challenges, just acknowledge what’s going wrong, but don’t rehearse it and concentrate on it.  Allow faith to look at that situation and declare, "I serve a great God who is faithful to me, and I’m going to be grateful." 

       I tell you, an attitude of faith and gratitude toward God makes the devil shudder in his boots!  When the enemy rolls out the list of things in which you have not seen God intervene, he’s trying to provoke you to be a thankless child who only complains and criticizes.  But when he does that, and you choose to say, "My God is faithful to me," he shudders and says, "Oh no, here comes God.  He is going to intervene and undo all the bad that I've done." 

       Hallelujah!  I can just see the Lord coming in and undoing all the bad the devil has tried to do in your life.  The scripture in I John 3:8 says that Jesus came to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works of the devil.

       When we rehearse those types of words, we’re going to see the undoing of Satan's works! 

       I like to keep a list of things that are going wrong in my life. Someone might say, "Well, that's doing the opposite of what you just said we should do!”

       But you need to understand why I keep that list.  I keep it so that as I maintain an attitude of gratefulness to God, I can recognize when He intervenes in each situation, and I document His deliverance and blessing in my life.  Then the next time the devil tries to bring bad things my way, I can look at that list and say, "Oh yeah? Well, I remember when God handled a situation for me exactly like the one I'm in right now.  Why should I worry about this one?" 

       So make your list, ask your trusted friends to pray about what’s going wrong.  We must not get confused or be in bondage, thinking we can't tell others what’s happening in our lives.  We need them to stand in faith with us.  It's how we communicate and in what spirit we do it that matters.  Are we telling them what happened so they can stand with us because we’re choosing to maintain gratefulness and expecting God to intervene?  Or are we rehearsing the problem over and over in a negative way?

       Gratefulness brings greatness!  Does maintaining an attitude of thankfulness mean we’ll always understand everything that happens? No, there are times when we simply won’t understand why a particular thing is happening.  But we know that in those times, it is always appropriate to give thanks to God, even in the midst of the circumstances.

       Ephesians 5:20 instructs us, At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.  And I Thessalonians 5:18 says, Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]

       Yes, we can act on and fulfill what God’s Word tells us to do.  We can be grateful at all times, no matter what we're facing—because we know we serve a great God who will intervene in our lives.  He is faithful to us! 


It’s Time for a Prayer of Agreement
To See Your Needs Met!

      God wants to show you His love and what He wants to do in your life.  So let’s do as He says in His Word and come into a prayer of agreement for your needs, then believe what the Lord said.  Whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven (Matt. 18:19).

      John and I love praying for you, and you are in our hearts.  So let us pray with you by sharing your requests for God.  Click here now and we will receive them as soon as you send them.  After we pray, we’ll send you some good words from God’s Lord for your life. 

                                                     Jeanne and John Alcott

 

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