November 21, 2011  
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Luke 17:11 – 16 “And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And 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 his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.”

Thanksgiving is not a day, a season, or even a meal. But it is our attitude of the heart. These lepers whose fate seemed to be inevitable cried out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” Jesus gave them an instruction. An instruction that they were willing to follow. Verse 14 says, “as they went they were cleansed.” How incredible that must have been. Out of the ten lepers that were healed only one came back to give thanks. How thankful are you? Or are you a grumbler and complainer? Unthankfulness blinds us to the goodness of God.

Let me share with you four things that I believe can help you cultivate the spirit of gratitude.

First of all, learn to be grateful for imperfect gifts. Because that is all you get in this life. Waiting on others to be perfect before you celebrate them, could cause you to wait a long time. Don’t just see whats wrong, look at whats right.

Second, learn to be thankful in times of anxiety and frustration.  Philippians 4:6 declares, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” That is the key.

Third, express gratitude openly and often. Make a phone call, write a note, or send a card. Declare a fast on criticism. Proclaim that to the best of your ability, you’ll not be critical for seven days.

Fourth, develop worship in your life. Open your heart to God. What value is Jesus to you? Begin to thank Him for all He is and for what He has done.

Cultivate these things in your life and God will do great things.

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