Until now, I never realized how powerful gratitude is in the life a believer until recently. It is my new secret weapon in spiritual warfare. This attitude of the heart stands guard to ward off negative thoughts and every high thing that exhaults itself against the knowledge of God! Two days ago I did a teaching on "Gratitude" and I'd like to share with you some of insights I've discovered and experienced when I cultivate thi state of mind:
- Acknowledging the things for which I am grateful to God, draws me closer to Him. My relationship with Him is more intimate as I began to recognize all that He's done for me this year.
- I've found that in some experiences that were especially difficult, like my heart surgery and the death of my aunt, God gave the grace needed to walk through - the grace not only to walk through, but to be a blessing in the process. Because I was grateful to God for all the many details and issues - large and small - both experiences yielded opportunities to minister the grace of God to others in a way that yielded fruit for the Kingdom.