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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Always Grateful (Go with Grateful Series)

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 The following are my Bible study notes based on my pastor's sermon. 

I invite you to watch and listen to the entire sermon here.
 
Go With Grateful - Grateful Always - December 9, 2018 (Message Only) from Christ Place Church on Vimeo.


We love to complain.  It's human nature.  How do we change this?  Perspective through the power of God's Word.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing. - Philippians 2:14
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. - Philippians 4:4-9
Having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. - Colossians 2:7

How to Change from Always Complaining to Always Grateful


1.  Our gratitude honors God.

When we are grateful, we are affirming the power of God.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren. - Romans 8:28-29
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When we are not grateful, we dishonor the name of God.


2.  Our gratitude rescues us.
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. - Isaiah 26:3

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. - Philippians 4:8
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 When we complain, we should be quick to repent.  Turn complain back to praise to God.

 When the season in life is hard, find something to be thankful for.

When you stand before God, what will you say to him?
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. - Matthew 5:14-16
You are the light of the world.  Your work matters because the people you work with matters.

This should change your perspective in the workplace and in the classroom.  Your work is no longer just a job - not just a place of business, but a mission field.
Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. - Matthew 5:41

But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. - Luke 6:27-31
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