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Sam Adeyemi @sam_adeyemi
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1. Gratitude is a function of focus, at the root of of the despair in our world today is the lack of focus on God. #Gratitude
2. It is because our focus has gone off God that the most technologically advanced nation can also be the most depressed. #Gratitude
3. In Luke 17:11-19 NIV, Jesus instructed the lepers on how to receive their healing, he wanted them to exercise faith for their healing. #Gratitude
4. On the way to see the Priest as Jesus instructed, one of them turned back after realising they have been healed. He came back to say thank you to Jesus with a loud voice. #Gratitude
5. All 10 had leprosy and all were healed. What was different about him? Jesus described him as a foreigner. #Gratitude
6. The principle of “cause and effect” helps you understand something and possibly repeat it. It's usually best to understand the causes of a thing or event and then isolate the factors if there are many causes. #Gratitude
7. Jesus isolated the thing that made this man come back and the conclusion is this; at the root of ingratitude lies familiarity. #Gratitude
8. Everyone healed was a Jew; they felt entitled to receive from God. Healing is a part of their heritage as descendants of Abraham. They were used to God. #Gratitude
9. When there is an over supply of something we have, the more such things tend to lose value in our eyes (Mark 6:1-6 NIV). When supply becomes much more than demand the price goes down. #Gratitude
10. Many of us have houses, cars, jobs, our health and other things for which we should be grateful for but they have lost value in our eyes. We have become so used to having those things. Familiarity breeds contempt. (Prov 25:17 NIV) #Gratitude
11. This is the case with married couples, before they got married, contact was in short supply & far less than demand, the sense of value for each other was high. Then marriage happened and contact comes in excess, then the sense of appreciation diminishes. #Gratitude
12. How do we retain or regain our sense of gratitude? The trend is that the longer you remain a Christian, the easier it is to take God and the things He does for us for granted. #Gratitude
13. Many of us harass God in prayer, listing the things we think we have accomplished or done for Him. That is what we see the Pharisee do whenever they Pray. #Gratitude
14. If you're not careful as a Christian, you can become a Pharisee, being legalistic with God. As someone who God has helped, I can tell you that you appear smart when God has helped you. #Gratitude
15. Once in a while, remind yourself where you are coming from. Pull out old pictures; the power of your story is the gap between where you were and where you are now. #Gratitude
16. Pray, so the Holy Spirit can give you perspective. When you see from God's angle, you would be grateful. Look for God in the situation. (2Kings 6:13-17) #Gratitude
17. Stop to celebrate and give thanks. I am a soccer fan and in the game of soccer, every goal is celebrated with thunderous shouts. The game allows the players to pause & celebrate their goals while the stadium goes agog. The celebration is over a piece of leather #Gratitude
18. When you think of what God has done in your life? I think there should be a lot more shouting and praising God at every opportunity than at a game of soccer. We are lives that were ransomed from sin, death and destruction. #Gratitude
19. We should shout every now and then in the course of our day as we call to mind the things God has done for us. #Gratitude
20. In spite of all the attacks and challenges you are still here. The Spirit of God has given you peace. Develop a massive sense of appreciation for God. #Gratitude
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