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The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke ~ Study Week 18

Graham Cooke: pgs. 41-42

GRATITUDE

Gratefulness may be humanity’s most underestimated
devotional tool. We often forget that gratitude is how we access
God’s presence. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into
His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For
the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to
all generations,” the psalmist sang in Psalm 100:4-5.

It’s always good to set aside a few hours just to be thankful.
Make a list of the things you’re grateful for. A lack of gratitude
can lead us into feeling that nothing is happening, or into frustration
over hassles and issues. In that moment, stop and ask
yourself: “What are the benefits in my life right now?”

In the west we don’t know how well-off we truly are. Twothirds
of the world doesn’t eat more than five meals a week. God
has blessed us and it’s important that we think about it. I long
to see Christians get beyond themselves and start seeing the

“IF YOU CONCENTRATE ON
FINDING WHATEVER IS GOOD
IN EVERY SITUATION, YOU WILL
DISCOVER THAT YOUR LIFE
WILL SUDDENLY BE FILLED
WITH GRATITUDE, A FEELING
THAT NURTURES THE SOUL.”
RABBI HAROLD KUSHNER

glory of God as it pertains
to their own life. We need
great people who understand
that their success is
wrapped up in the sovereignty
of God.

If we can do that, a
faith, power, energy and
zeal will emerge that will take us forward in the things of the
Holy Spirit. We must become overwhelmed with who God wants
to be for us.

We often forget that gratitude is how we access God’s presence. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations,” the psalmist sang in Psalm 100:4-5.

It’s always good to set aside a few hours just to be thankful.

 

Let’s be honest, most times we find ourselves entering into His presence with a mouthful of complaint and lamenting over current disappointments. Then we wonder why things are not changing in our lives, right?  This is because we are holding onto the problems before Him.  Instead, I think what Graham is stating here is reminding us that God desires us to be at rest…unshackled by what is weighing us down when we come before Him, whether it is in our prayer time or devotionals.  God is not worried about what besets us.  He is letting us know He is Good and full of Mercy. So, the question becomes “Are we allowing ourselves to leave it all at our heart’s door (so to speak) and give thanks for the things He HAS done?  Let His Goodness fill you with the things to be thankful and watch His Mercy begin to change your perspective in the moment.  Make a list of 3 things you are Grateful for to Him.  You can make it like a love letter. I did this, “Lord, today I am grateful you love me and that you are teaching me how to love and be loved.

 

 

 

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