Cultivating A Thankful Life, Nov 25, 2007

Cultivating A Thankful Life
Psalms 92
Give thanks to God (v. 1-2)
– thankful in the morning
– thankful in the evening
– thankful at night

Thanks glorifies God (Ps. 50:23) and aligns my life with God and I become sensitive to the voice of God.
Ps. 105:1-2, Ps. 107:1-2 – because His mercy endures forever
1 Thess. 5:16-18 – rejoice always, pray always, and in everything give thanks – this is God’s will for my life.

Why give thanks?
1- It honors God
2- It refocuses our attention
3- It releases me from anxiety (Phil. 4:6-7)
4- It refreshes our relationship with Him
5- It reinforces our faith

How to express thanks
1- Say “thank you” to God (ex. thank you for my car, thank you for my spouse, etc.)
2- Singing thanksgiving to God
3- Living a godly life
4- Praising God in public (being salt and light)
5- Giving generously – not just with money, but also with my life and love, even when it’s not convenient

Benefits of being thankful
– strong families express appreciation for each other.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward

Appreciation…
– is the great multiplier
– is the great awakener
– is the great problem solver – changes my outlook on life and problems
– is the great revitalizer – dissolves fear and resentment

Gratitude creates a loving heart

Enemies that destroy
– ingratitude
– gossip
– being a depreciator ( not an appreciator)

Gratitude and appreciation serve as powerful vehicles to increase the flow of love into any relationship you have.