July 2021 – Jo Fothergill
Jo spoke about having an attitude of gratitude. She referred to two texts:
1 Thess 5:17
What does the Bible say about gratitude?
- It It God’s will for us (1 Thess 5:17)
*All means all
*What is His will for me? This!
- It blesses Him
Luke 17 – the thanks was immediate, loud & extravagant, reverential. He was a Samaritan – he didn’t take God/Jesus’ action for granted.
Why are we encouraged to be a thankful people?
- We have so much to be thankful for
*Spiritual blessings Ps 7:17, Ps 106:1, John 15:9, John 17:3
*Material blessings 1 Tim 6:6-8
*Answered prayers Ps 75:1
2 It refocuses us
How do we develop this attitude?
*Pray – ask God to help us, it’s his grace
*Be intentional – express thanks, maybe 5 things each morning?
*In all circumstances – make a choice to do this
Thanking is a key part in our walk with God.