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The Attitude Of Gratitude

 Editor    Feb 14 : 17:38
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One of the leading causes of relapse is resentment. When we fail to resolve conflict with others but, instead, let the feelings build to the point of blindness, we become bitter and resentful toward God and those around us.

One of the leading causes of relapse is resentment. When we fail to resolve conflict with others but, instead, let the feelings build to the point of blindness, we become bitter and resentful toward God and those around us. If we remain unchanged, we can eventually walk away from God. It is not only the young immature Christian who struggles with resentment, but also those with many years as disciples. The devil is no respecter of persons. He is looking to pull everyone away from the Lord. When we become resentful, we lose our gratitude for God and for those He has put in our lives. In this short study, we will look at why, as addicts, we need always to be grateful and examine some practicals to help us stay that way.

  1. Remember Who You Are!

    So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! 1Cor 10:12

    When we think we are doing well we need to be careful. As addicts we can get cocky about how much sober time we have. We can begin to believe that we have kicked this drug habit. How many times have we seen the rich and famous emerging from their Hollywood rehabs saying that they have solved their drug problem and are now cured, only to relapse a short time later. We have a relationship with God because of his grace. It has nothing to do with us or our talents. We fall very short of salvation and our best efforts without God are a waste of time. If we don't feel blessed to have a relationship with God, we are in danger of forgetting who we really are. The addict who forgets who he is, is on his way back there again.
  2. Remember Where You Came From!

    The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, "If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost-also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!"  Num 11:4-6

    The Israelites were too busy looking at what they didn't have to appreciate what God was doing in their lives. When we start looking at what we don't have, we become ungrateful and begin to feel like we are deserving of better, we may even start to think that God owes us something. We forget how Jesus died for us, that God had to sacrifice his only son for us and we are the ones who are in debt.
    When we focus on what we don't have, we forget where we came from. In verse five, the Israelites had forgotten what it was like in Egypt. They were slaves, working all day in the hot dangerous sun, being beaten and treated as worthless. We can act with the same heart; we forget what it was like being enslaved by addiction, the immorality, and impurity, broken homes and families. We forget the lies and insanity of the world.
  3. Don't Miss The Miracles

    The manna was like coriander seed and looked like resin. The people went around gathering it, and then ground it in a handmill or crushed it in a mortar. They cooked it in a pot or made it into cakes. And it tasted like something made with olive oil. When the dew settled on the camp at night, the manna also came down. Num 11:7-9

    As a result of their lack of gratitude they missed the miracles that God was performing in their lives. They were in the middle of the desert where there is no food or drink and every morning they would receive food directly from heaven. This food was even versatile and could be prepared in different ways. Are we like these Israelites? Do we miss how God has provided true friendship, our jobs, our new family, or the life he saved us from? Think back to where you were before God intervened in your life, and where you are now. Is it different? Don't miss the miracles. 
    The other miracle God performed was in giving them freedom and turning them into a nation. He gave them what they prayed for. When we pray for something, are we expecting God to answer the prayer in our way and timing or His?
  4. Make Your Plans, God's Plans.

    For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD , "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer 29:11

    We can get so ungrateful that we can miss out on the plans God has for us. As a result of Israels ingratitude, they wandered in the desert for forty years. Are you wandering? True miracles occur  when hearts are being changed by obedience to God.

    As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him.   And all the people were amazed.    Mk 5:18-20

    Legion was a man who remembered where he came from. He was very grateful. Many of us were outcasts because of our using and can relate to him. Many of us had many demons inside of us. If we had been Legion, maybe we would have struggled, gotten angry or resentful when Jesus told us we couldn't go with him. Legion didn't, instead he was surrendered and grateful and willing to do whatever Jesus told him to do. It wasn't easy for him to go and preach to the people who kicked him out of town, but he knew people needed what he had.

    When we decide to be grateful, nothing can stop us from sharing what we have. Like Legion we, too can do great things through the power of God if we always remember where we came from.

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