Did you know there is spiritual power in your attitude? As an example, take the attitude of GRATITUDE… OR thankfulness. The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Why would it be so important to God that we are thankful “in all things?” Gratitude has the power to transform our attitude.
God knows that if we place our trust in Him and have an attitude of thankfulness, the enemy will be stifled in his attempts of destruction. Even when the enemy attacks and circumstances turn dark, we can still thank God for so many things – like our salvation, our eternal hope of Heaven, the many things Jesus has done in our lives and so much more.
If you renew your thinking to look at your life as Jesus does, you will not only be thankful… but joyful. You are God’s creation. And if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, then you are a citizen of Heaven… and that is where your home is… not this world.
Jesus said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:3
Seeing heaven is the very reason I have given my life to ministry. No one should miss Heaven. More importantly, no one should miss a relationship with Jesus Christ. Being a citizen of Heaven and having a home there to look forward to is something to be grateful for and joyful about. Not just because it’s perfection — which it is — but because it is full of the perfect Love of God, a love that surpasses understanding… and so much more.
In 2 Corinthians 9:10-15 Paul reminds us of many things we can be thankful for. But he closes with the words, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”
The Greek word for “indescribable” is used nowhere else in the New Testament and is translated as meaning “unutterable.” It means that words cannot describe and no human can fully appreciate the magnitude of the gift. Wow!
You are part of God’s family and His kingdom. You have a future and a hope. The power of God is alive in you to accomplish His will in every area of your life. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit… Who personally dwells within you. He will never leave you or forsake you. You have inherited the powerful promises of God—salvation, deliverance, healing, abundance, restoration, and more. This realization is not wishful thinking, it’s not fiction. It is the truth of God and His Word. He guaranteed it with His very life.
It’s not possible to be thankful and… feel sorry for yourself at the same time. In John 10:10, Jesus contrasts Himself with Satan–our enemy. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
When we focus on the eternal and good gifts Jesus has provided, our perspective shifts to the things that are eternal instead of temporal, and the enemy loses his strength against us. Isaiah 26:3 reminds us that peace comes by keeping our focus on God. “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”
How can we climb above the storm? What can we do to increase our altitude? That’s what this message is about. Attitude changes our altitude.
With all the negative news and circumstances being thrust upon us, it’s extremely easy to get cynical, even angry. Is it just us, or does it seem that the battle, which used to be hidden, is raging in plain sight… and quickly gaining momentum?
It’s tempting to give up. When the bad gets worse, it’s more important than ever to take some time to pause and reflect on the Lord’s blessings in our lives. This is NOT just for our benefit, but for His, too.
When one reads about the life of Moses and the children of Israel, this principle is amazingly apparent. Few things move God’s heart like our genuine gratitude toward Him for all He has done for us. It did cost Him dearly.
God is always the same. He does not change. He responds wonderfully well to a thankful heart. Not only should we reflect on God’s goodness in our own lives, but we should tell our family and friends about all He has done also.
But most importantly, tell God you are thankful. Express to Him your attitude of gratefulness and how much you treasure everything He has done — and is doing daily — for you. You may just be surprised by how much more peaceful and enjoyable your life will be!
In troubled times we must gain strength from the Bible, which has a great deal to say about what is happening now and what we can expect in the near future. If you’d like to understand yourself and your fellow human beings better; if you’d like to understand your children or your parents; if you’d like to understand science, politics, history, journalism, psychology, movies or even rap music; you’ll want to know what the Bible says about the amazing origin of humanity and its present condition.
You’ll need to understand our “One hope.” The greatest story ever told begins—as you might expect—with Creation. God made man in His own image and all was good. But man became separated from God due to sin.
The good news is Jesus Christ left Heaven and became a man… in the flesh. He gave His life to be a bridge between mankind and God in order to restore our broken relationship with our Creator. Jesus, the Messiah, is our only bridge of salvation and eternal life with God.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6.
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We are grateful for YOU! And our family wishes you and your family a happy and grateful Thanksgiving season.
With God nothing is impossible!
Dale & Paula
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“Hi Dale-just wanted say how much I appreciated your teaching on hearing God’s voice today. It really reinforces my own experience and walk with the Lord and it was encouraging to hear the principles spelled out again. My prayer for you and Paula is that you continue to run with endurance (emphasis on the word endurance) the race God has mapped out for you in this ministry. Be encouraged! HE will do it! God bless.” Mike and Judy – Melbourne Australia
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