Practise Gratitude

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Practise Gratitude

09 Apr 2016 Saturday Service – Aries Zulkarnain

Don’t forget God!

12 Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year. Josh 5:12

11-16 Make sure you don’t forget God, your God, by not keeping his commandments, his rules and regulations that I command you today. Make sure that when you eat and are satisfied, build pleasant houses and settle in, see your herds and flocks flourish and more and more money come in, watch your standard of living going up and up—make sure you don’t become so full of yourself and your things that you forget God, your God,

the God who delivered you from Egyptian slavery;
the God who led you through that huge and fearsome wilderness,
those desolate, arid badlands crawling with fiery snakes and scorpions;
the God who gave you water gushing from hard rock;
the God who gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never heard of, in order to give you a taste of the hard life, to test you so that you would be prepared to live well in the days ahead of you.
17-18 If you start thinking to yourselves, “I did all this. And all by myself. I’m rich. It’s all mine!”—well, think again. Remember that God, your God, gave you the strength to produce all this wealth so as to confirm the covenant that he promised to your ancestors—as it is today.
Deut 8:11-18 (MSG) 

Days of testing are preparation for your days of blessings!

You are blessed because God is the one who blessed you!

A child will never say thank you, it must be taught! In fact a child will always take things for granted. You need to constantly teach and remind them to say thank you after receiving something.

It’s the same with us Christians. Sometimes we take God’s blessings for granted. We forget to say thank you, we are not grateful.

We have to practise gratefulness. We have to be reminded. It is conscious.

11-13 It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14-16 Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”

They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:11-16 (MSG)

They expected God to heal them but God told them to show themselves to the priests. In modern times, it’s like asking you to go to the church and asking the pastor to pray for you.

But they knew they were outcasts so they asked God to recommend them to the priests. But God asked them to be bold and walk themselves to the temple.

Your miracle comes through a process of effort and time.

By the time they walked near the temple, they were healed!

Our lives are like that. As we attend church and cg every week, serving ministry, over years. You realize your life is getting blessed, you become healed, your miracle is coming to past.

But most people stop there. But the miracle needs to be completed. The fulfilment of your answered prayer is one part. Living in the blessing is another part.

14-16 Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”

They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.

17-19 Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.” Lk 17:14-19 (MSG)

Why would Jesus be waiting at the same spot when he knew the results? That they would be healed.

Why?

Because Jesus was waiting for them to come back thank him, to glorify God!

Your blessings and miracles can only be complete when you practise gratitude.

Don’t forget God!

10 were healed but only 9 came back. Why? Because the 9 didn’t think that their blessings and healing came from God. They thought that they worked for it.

They were healed immediately upon entering the temple. To them, they were thinking, we didn’t know it was this easy to receive a miracle. If only we knew, we would have come to the temple and get healed long time ago. We didn’t need Jesus.

How many of us are like that? Started off poor and jobless, prayed and desperate for God to help. Slowly getting blessed, getting richer. Overtime we think it’s the result of our own human effort and hard work. We don’t think it’s the work of God.

We must practice gratitude! Don’t forget when you’re blessed and successful, God is still waiting at the same spot, waiting for you to come back to thank him!

Even for ourselves, when we help others, and we don’t get thanked, it’s ok! Because it happened to Jesus as well! The chance is only 1 out of 10!

23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, Col 3:23

The one who came back, his gratitude was not enforced. It was natural because he knew his blessings came from Jesus!

God doesn’t need your thanks. But He wants you to thank Him so that you can be whole. Your blessings can be complete. He has something more for you. He wants you to know that this life is more than this one miracle of blessing. He wants your life and miracle whole and full!

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