Priestly Worship

July 3: A Life of Gratitude

1 Thessalonians 5:18

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Colossians 2:6-7

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Gratitude is the quality of showing appreciation; it is the art of thanksgiving. Many people erroneously think that recipients of blessings and goodness should naturally give thanks or show gratitude to their benefactors, but this is not always so.

In Luke 17:12-19, ten lepers cried out to Jesus Christ afar off for mercy; they wanted Him to heal them. Jesus said unto them, “Go show yourselves unto the priests” and as they went, they were healed. The Word tells us that one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. Ten lepers were healed by the power of God, but only one of them showed gratitude to God for his healing. Why? You would think or expect that everyone should show gratitude to God. The man who showed gratitude to God was not the only one that was healed. How come he was the only one who was grateful to God? Gratitude is the attitude of the recreated human spirit; it is the perception of the heart of God’s goodness and of His worth that demands a corresponding response.

Gratitude is not necessarily as a result of the blessings of God in your life as much as it is a thoughtful conscious perception of God’s goodness and faithfulness to you. Ingratitude is not always a result of the the lack of God’s goodness demonstrated towards you, but lack of thoughtful perception of God as He is and His goodness.
Today’s opening Scripture tells us to give thanks in everything, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us. Evidently, it is the will of God to give thanks unto Him in everything. God expects us to give thanks unto Him in everything, for He is worthy of our praise and thanksgiving.

The enemy always wants to instigate God’s children to murmur and complain by making us perceive God in a bad light, telling lies about God’s integrity and goodness, defaming God’s eternal and impeccable character. We must be smart to not let the devil tell us who God is. God is good and His mercy endures forever. That’s who God is, and that’s what we praise Him for. Don’t let the enemy thwart your perception of God. Don’t let him tell you who God is not, because he doesn’t know Him. Go ahead and rejoice and be thankful unto God. Hallelujah!

My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of Jesus Christ, I declare that I perceive God correctly and respond to Him with gratitude. I abound with thanksgiving always in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Meditation: Luke 17:12-19; Psalms 92:1-4.

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