Message: “Expect Grate Things” by Pastor Mike Zizolfo

Sunday, February 10th 2019

 

READ: 

Psalm 107:1, Psalm 107:1, Psalm 136:1, Psalm 100:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Ephesians 5:20, Philippians 4:4, 6-7, Philippians 4:11-13, Acts 16:22-26



DEVOTIONAL:

If you woke up tomorrow surrounded by only the things you thanked God for today, how would that look? Some of us would find ourselves in a pretty bleak and barren landscape.

Every time we fail to say thank you, every time we don’t respond to God’s blessings in our life with gratitude, we’ve responded with pride. “I deserve this. I work hard; I’ve earned the good things in my life.” That’s the exact opposite of gratitude - it’s entitlement.

James 1:17 reminds us that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” Every good thing in your life is a gift – not a reward. Paul said it best in Philippians 4:11 – “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.”

We must be intentional. For every blessing that God gives us, we must choose to respond with praise. When life is going well, when life is going down the drain; when everything is falling into place, when everything is falling apart CHOOSE PRAISE.

Here’s my challenge to you: tomorrow morning, before your feet hit the floor, before that first cup of coffee in the morning, before you check your phone, make a list of FIVE things you are thankful for. Repeat every morning for the next week.

Because, as Pastor Mike taught us - “The grateful life is a great-full life.”

REFLECTION:

  • Did you know that there is a wealth of untapped potential inside of you? Better than any hidden treasure you could find on this planet, there is a resource that God has made available to all of us. I am fully convinced that if you could tap into the power of it, even just partially, it will revolutionize the way you live your life. You’ll experience more joy, peace, and blessings than you’ll know what to do with.

  • Don’t wait ‘til you HAD IT, to be grateful that you HAVE IT

  • You don’t have to FEEL grateful in order to BE grateful

  • “The grateful life is a great-full life.” @MikeZizolfo


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