|“Although many see tribulation as an indication that God has forsaken them, in reality it is the grace of God in disguise.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
All you have, you received as a gift from God. When you boast, as though you earned it, you deprive God of His glory and provoke His anger. Note three simple observations regarding gratitude:
First, gratitude must be to a source outside of you; you cannot be grateful to yourself and biblically call it gratitude. God calls it pride. Pride destroys gratitude. “Beware lest you say in your heart, “My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth.”375 The claim to be self-sufficient is an affront to God as well as an expression of ingratitude.
Second, dependence does not guarantee gratitude, but is essential to gratitude. You will find this true, whether the object of your dependence is God, or someone else such as your spouse, employer, or benefactor. Gratitude is an expression of your dependence upon God.
Third, when your gratitude is to a source other than God, it is simply a matter of time before you cease being grateful. For example, a person works for a firm. At the end of the year the person unexpectedly receives a large Christmas dividend. Overwhelmed at first, the more the person thinks about it the more convinced he is that he deserved it. After all, did he not help the firm make the money? When you feel grateful to others you tend to seek reasons why the person was generous. Understanding your unworthiness and that “every gift comes from above,” helps you to be grateful, for you cannot have a relationship with God and think that you earned it. When you are the recipient of the generosity of others, be grateful first to God, and then to others. Only then can you hope to maintain a consistent attitude of gratitude and avoid the sin of presumption.
375 Deuteronomy 8:17-18
Isaiah 56-58 2 Thessalonians 2 (New King James Version)
2 Thessalonians 2
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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