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Thank You

  • Thank You from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Today I want to talk about the importance of being thankful. Jesus lived on Earth as our example, and He was so thankful and full of praise. No matter what you have been through, there are still some things that you can be thankful about. An important one is that you woke up today.  For some people, yesterday was their last day on Earth. I hope they enjoyed it. We are not promised tomorrow, so don’t take the gift of living another day for granted.

    Jesus just overflowed with the Spirit sometimes and He spontaneously rejoiced and gave thanks to His Father.

    In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. Luke 10:21 NKJV

    Being thankful for what the Lord has done for you is important, because your attitude determines your spiritual altitude. It has returns, and when you are thankful, good things are more likely to come your way than when you have a whining, pessimistic, “woe is me” type of attitude. Try smiling and holding the door for others, and you might find that you enjoy it.

    There seems to be an ignorance today that your attitude toward God, or life, or others doesn’t matter, when nothing could be further from the truth. Where did they read that? Certainly not in the Bible. Jesus said that if we loved one another then everyone would know that we were His disciples (John 13:35).

    Another example is one of the fruits of the Spirit: Patience. Patience is not just being able to wait in a line, it is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Everyone at the DMV waits in a line, but not everyone is patient.

    There have been so many times when I have just been going through my day,  perhaps whistling a tune, maybe thanking God for having work to do, because there have been many times when I didn’t, and suddenly He would give me something that I secretly needed, or merely desired. I’ve been given printers, scanners, computers, cables, money, and more. Things that I told no one about would find their way to me. As I was a blessing to others, God would use others to be a blessing to me.

    As you delight in Him, He takes notice, and your attitude today actually matters.  Consider these scriptures:

    * (Psalm 37:4 NKJV) Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

    To Delight means: “To take great pleasure in” as in: “They delight in playing hide and seek.”

    * (2 Corinthians 9:7 NKJV). So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

    To be Cheerful means: “Noticeably happy and optimistic” as in: “How can she be so cheerful at six o'clock in the morning?”

    * (Colossians 3:17 NKJV) And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

    Thanks means: “an expression of gratitude.”

    To Delight, be cheerful, to be thankful, these are all to be a part of our attitude. Does that sound like you? It doesn’t always sound like me, but it is my goal. David wrote many of the Psalms and they are full of thankfulness. This message is not rocket science, but an extremely simple one that we all know in our heart.

    The opposite side of this coin is complaining, and greatly growing in popularity today, entitlement. Complaining is defined as: “to express dissatisfaction or annoyance about an event or the state of affairs.” Entitlement is thinking that God owes you something and then getting upset with Him if you don’t get it. Yes He loves us, but we should remember that we are in His debt, and He is not our pet. There are examples of these attitudes as well. The tenth time that the Israelites began to murmur and complain in the wilderness, the Lord said this:

    (Numbers 14:27-29 NKJV) “I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me. Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.”

    And then in Deuteronomy:

    (Deuteronomy 28:47-48 NKJV) “Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything;

    Being thankful has its rewards. Whining and complaining has it rewards as well. So don’t think that being a Christian negates the Bible. The God that hated complaining then, still does. The God that loves a cheerful giver, still does. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart, still works.

    Yesterday was 24 hours of your life that you lived and is now gone, so I hope that you enjoyed it with a smile because it isn’t coming back. Let us be encouraged today and to try and keep a positive attitude. Those around you will appreciate it, and that list includes angels, the Holy Spirit, and the great crowd of witnesses that have gone on before us.

    You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please cleanse and refine me from the inside out. Purge the bad attitudes out of me and fill me with Your peace and grace. I am sorry for the times that I have ignored you and became so caught up in what I was doing, that I forgot to just tell you: Thank You. So today I want You to know that I am so grateful, so thankful, for all that You have done for me and I so appreciate You. I just wanted You to know that, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.


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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann Thank you my God for watching over us. Amen.
Jun 17
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton THANK You for all you do and your love and RHM online church.....Thank you for all your blessings for we are nothing without you! Thank you......Amen
Jun 17
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Dear Father in Heaven, thank you for today and for the love and compassion you give to me as long as I have breath in my body until I come home to you and Jesus to live in eternity!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen!!

Jun 16
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! No where in the Bible does God promise you a roes garden to live in. He sure gives good gifts to those whom He choses. Thank You Lord!

Jun 17
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JD Austin
JD Austin

I Thank G-D for the trials, and for the hard times I have seen in my life. I have been one that was so unworthy of HIS Mercy, a prisoner in a level 5 prison, one who would tell others that "I do not want to hear about your G-D, I worship satan". Not even relizing what I said was true. Unworthy of HIS Foregivness, of HIS Love, of His Friendship.

So I Thank G-D that it was not dependent upon me; that the only thing I had to do was accept, because no matter who I was, where I was, or what I was doing HE was there. Some would ask how can you thank HIM for the troubles and hard times; simple because that is where I came to know my greatest friend, my LORD, my KING, my G-D! To simply put it that is where I grew.

It has been many years since the old man was made new and at times I still stumble and fall there are still troubles and hard times, but HE is there to lift me up, dust me off and set me back in the direction HE would have me go. So I say how can I not be Thankfull! 

G-D Bless my brothers and sisters here and across the world! 

Numbers 6:24-26 (Message Bible)

"God bless you and keep you,

 God smile on you and gift you,

 God look you full in the face
    and make you prosper."

Jun 17
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse

I love to hear this JD. 

my girlfriend comes from a family of prison ministry. And she absolutely follows in her grandfathers shoes and just loves it. 

 

Jun 17
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Thank You God for All You Do, Amen

Jun 17
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen  God is my everything  my light  in life l always walk with a prayer on my  heart  praise God!

Jun 17
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen, thank you Pastor Dion.

Jun 17
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Shawn Schield
Shawn Schield

Thank you God for filling me will peace, joy, Patience and love! 

 

Jun 17
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Thank you God for all the blessings you have given me and my family and friends I don’t know what I would do without you 

Jun 17
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

For several years now I have been keeping a gratitude journal. It has really helped me realize God's blessings, big and small. I am still working on the virtue of patience, a little harder one for me! Thank You Father for all the many blessings You have given me in my life! Amen.

Jun 17
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Thank You GOD

 

Jun 17
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen!!So very thankful to God for this ministry!! Thank you! :)

Jun 17
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father I'm so grateful for all Your blessings and the support I have received from this ministry, thank You Father for I am blessed keep me on the right track. That my gratitude be shown in every situation I encounter, in Jesus name I pray. Amen, praises be to God almighty. 

Thank you Pastor for this ministry, for me has been a blessing. God bless you. 

Jun 17
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Thank you Pastor for a timely word.  It’s always good to be reminded of the power of gratitude.  Prayers and Blessings for you and Sylvia:)

Jun 17
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! I took so much for granted looking back at my past life, but now that I'm older I can see all the many blessings and precious gifts from the Lord above, my Heavenly Father! Yesterday was Father's Day, everyone celebrating Fathers, Grandfathers and so on, but deep in the evening it hit me, "what about being thankful and grateful and praising our Heavenly Father, who loves us so much, loved us from the very beginning, more than any earthly Father ever could"! A thankful heart leads to praise, and I praise my Heavenly Father, the Lord God Almighty!!!"

Thank you for this powerful message, Pastor Dion!

Jun 17
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Thankyou Father! Thankyou Jesus!

Jun 17
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this devotion today and thank you for this reminder that we always need to be thankful to God for everything that we have because every good and perfect gift comes from above!!

 

Jun 17
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Judith B
Judith B

Thank you for today's devotion. I always try to be thankful and appreciative. However if I find myself complaining for any reason, I would try to repent immediately because I am aware that God does not like us to complain 

Jun 17
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Thank you Father Lord.....for all you have done, are doing and will do. Help us be thankful and ever grateful. In humility so that your peace reigns within us. Amen

Jun 18
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

PRAISE THE LORD

Jun 26