The Word of God is more powerful and active on our lives than we can understand with our minds. We must simply believe that the word does what it says and is working away on the inside beyond what we can perceive. This is the first base of walking by faith.
Even though we may still continue to ponder the things of God, don’t miss out on enjoying what is available! A young boy pondered how a brown cow could eat green grass and produce white milk, then when it was churned it turned into yellow butter. But as he pondered this he still enjoyed the milk and the butter!
God is always wanting to give. We celebrate the fact that He gave Jesus to us.
But have you ever considered how you can increase your capacity to receive from God?
How then can we increase our capacity to receive from Him?
– Cultivate an attitude of Gratitude
– A thankful heart opens you up to receive more grace from God.
1 Cor.15:57 But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amp.
There is a connection between thankfulness and victory.
2 Cor.2:14 But thanks be to God Who in Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God in every place.
It is the smell of victory in Christ that people want to smell, it is the goodness of God that leads to repentence.
Thankfulness: is the expression of gratitude, the grateful acknowledgement of a benefit or favour.
– Hannah cultivated a thankful heart before the Lord, even though she was childless for many years, yet she and clung to it even though she was severly provoked by Peninnah.
– Lk. 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. Mary the mother of Jesus found favour before God, the angel said so when he arrived and spoke to her. Mary had cultivated an attitude of gratitude and as an result God spoke to her and this attitude enabled her to walk in faith knowing that it was simply the grace of God operating in her.
Favour is a benefit bestowed upon the undeserving. It is a soverign act of love.
This Christmas season the temptation to grumble and get negative with all the extra things going on and presents to buy…this is a key time to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Then you get less stressed and are a better flavour of person to be around.
Paul said: IThess.5:18 In everything give thans, rejoice always and pray without ceasing, for this is Gods will for you!
Three ways to cultivate an attitude of Gratitude.
- Recognise what God has done for you.
- Always be mindful of the fact that you have been saved by grace and that your health, healing and blessings in avery area of life is totally by grace.
- Recount and express what God has done for you. Ps 103….bless the Lord oh my soul and forget not all His benefits…
Humility before God is a key to receiving more grace from God.
Num.12:3 Now the man Moses was very meek (gentle, kind and humble,) above all the men on the face of the earth (or his generation.)
What a statement! why did God say that? because Moses was also the man who received the most grace and favour from God. How else could he accomplish what he did!
Jesus said ‘the meek or humble shall inherit the earth.’ What Jesus is saying here is that according to you humility before God, so God will give you His grace to not just inherit the earth in the next dispensation, but also the having your needs met in the here and now with more so you can give to others.
A key characteristic of humility is thankfulness.
It is impossible to be gracious to those who think they deserve it. God’s word says: ‘He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ 1Pet.5:5
A proud person is not a thankful person why? because proud people take the credit for what they do or accomplish for themselves. So if they are doing anything for anybody they are going to be thanking themselves.
A humble person acknowledges that they had help to do what they have done. Big help. Major help by God.
Here Jesus is telling a story about a land ownwer and labourers. Its the story where the landowner hires some workers at the beginning of the day to work in his fields for a agreed wage. Then later in the day with about one hour to go before sun-down he finds some unemplyed men in town and offers them a job. They accept. and trust the land owner for a fare wage. These men go in faith that the land owner will do right by them.
When the workers receive their wages, the ones that worked only one hour receive the same wage as those who worked all day. You can imagine they were totally surprised and very thankful.
8-10. notice ‘they supposed.’
- they grumbled.
- they said it was unfair.
Those workers who operated in more faith received more favour. Those who worked for an agreed wage did not walk in faith and received only what they were entitled to.
Notice: they supposed….they thought they deserved extra wages to. But no the land owner was as just with them as he was with the others. Now they made it impossible for the land owner to be gracious to them because if he did give them extra wages, they would go away thinking they deserved it when they did’nt.
This is stinking thinking! yet we are all tempted in this area and there are many Christians a well as loads of other who give into the temptation and actually think like this and are on dangerous ground.
There are those who think everyone else owes them, the government owes them, society owes them, because they deserve it.
No all anyone owes you is what was agreed before you did some work for them. Nothing more. nothing less.
Beware of the snare of ‘I deserve it attitude.’ They owe me. it leads to real trouble.
There are those that think….the church owes me. Pastor did’nt come and visit me, he owes me. There are those that say, well I gave them the best years of my life…they owe me….etc. this opens a landing strip for Satan and his demons to come a rob, steal and destroy you. It leads to depression, darkness and all sorts of trouble. A root of bitterness can grow out of this way of thinking. Remeber the prodigal sons brother, he was angry. Lk 15:20 He was far from being thankful.
- His first thought was about what his father owed him, not about the fact his brother was alive and well.
- His comment that his father somewhow still owed him, showed that he was unthankful for the inheritance he had already received.
- an unthankful attitude robbed him of the joy of using his inheritance.
He was not a thankful person. Such an attitude cuts you off from God and His grace. So cultivate an attitude of gratitude, you have the opportunity this Christmas! Guard what come out of your mouth in times of stress…because that will indicate what is in your heart!
Choose to be a thankful person, cultivate an attitude of gratitude it will change your life and put you in a better position to receive from God.