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November 24, 2021 6:53 am
Thanksgiving is not a day, it is a lifestyle. Instead of celebrating thankfulness one day out of the year, we should focus on living lives of thanksgiving…today and everyday. Part 2.
Complaining people I show empathy, but after a while I leave.
So there is a relational damage to complaining in May for a moment allow somebody to enter into your pity party but eventually will be isolated and with moments of help with public complaining is unbelief verbalized and complaining can be an emotional spiral. It's hard to break free from. But it's also sad that Thanksgiving is verbalized here stating that some practical ways we can overcome the trap of negativity and lethargy calls Thanksgiving in all things were to give thanks in how many things I know you hated but I looked up the word all the dictionaries we give means means all means all folks, and in everything we are to give thanks to God for somehow he's working out his will in everything is easy to think God and the good stuff in the Lord give me that kind of sense of Thanksgiving go. Somehow you're in it. Somehow you're working everything together for good.
Somehow you will is being done that you need to know.
I don't think you're supposed to give thanks for things like cancer. Things like child abuse, gang killings, forcing yourself on someone.
I think were supposed to give thanks for that because there never a part of God's original intent. God didn't create the world with that kind of evil is part of the fall and the brokenness of our world but though we don't give thanks for those things happening. We give thanks for God working even through those so we do.
It's hard to understand. It's a powerful spiritual tool folks we talk about spiritual disciplines like prayer in an fasting.
Here's a spiritual discipline that's often overlooked its powerful spiritual discipline of giving thanks to God during the bad times. It is a tool be enemy, and we do have an enemy of our souls only who hates us, wants to destroy us when we give thanks to God in the bad things that he is the author of God's not the author of evil to evil. One is when we give thanks, during those times he says you mean I did that to you and you still love God and you still give thanks to him and you still praise him.
It ports and new nurses power like nothing else, it's a spiritual discipline to choose to give thanks to God in the bad times.
Let me share with you what I think is the opposite of Thanksgiving. My bed is will touch every single one of us today. The opposite of Thanksgiving is complaining. And God hates complaining because the major reason that God allows the bad stuff to happen. He is sovereign over knees using it for good. The major reason he lets it happen in your life so you won't complain, and you'll be driven deeply into him. God's goal for every one of our lives might especially is to drive me deeply into Christ.
It's a drive us into him where we totally and finally surrender everything to him where we live in complete dependence upon him, and nothing else in this world where we say. Be still and know that I'm God regularly in our hearts.
I'm going to cease striving, and I'm going to trust you, Lord, totally and completely.
Are you there yet we cling to such puny things of this world.
The tawdry bobbles of this kingdom that don't last forever, and God wants to pry our puny fingers away from the things of this world that don't last, and grasp him and him alone giving thanks in all things allows that to happen when when you wait upon the Lord, you don't have what you want, you learn the spiritual discipline of waiting your practicing giving thanks in all things in your trust in God to work it out in his plan in his way. But be careful about complaining it's the opposite of Thanksgiving.
In fact Paul in Philippians 2 verse 14 said do all things without grumbling or disputing or complaining do hate that word all don't you were never supposed to complain, never let me give you some facts. And this comes from psychology today, not from the Bible though all truth is God's truth here some facts about complaining. First of all, scientists have studied, complaining, and that every single human being complains up at least once every minute, every minute it becomes a habit within us, and here's what happens in your brain when you start to complain your neurons fire whenever you express any emotion, especially one this negative and if one keeps happening over and over again. There is a phrase that scientists use.
If your brain fires that it wires it if your brain fires it it wires it so when you think a negative thought especially complaining your brain fires. It and the more you do it, the more the neurons start massing out word and they start building bridges to one another so that complaining becomes a habit.
It's something you do all the time. What you need to know though is complaining has serious consequences. First of all, to your physical health. The place in the brain where those neurons fire and start to build bridges to one another is the place in your brain for Alzheimer's.
Most happens so maybe one of the cures Alzheimer's is learning how to give thanks in all things. When you start having those neurons fire more and more they release into your body. Cortisol and for those of you who are physically smart, you know, cortisol is what's released when you go into a fight or flight mode. It's your body's way of giving you what you need when you're in a tough situation either to face it, or to run away, but too much cortisol can cause all kinds of problems in your human body.
It's been directly related to belly fat is directly related to diabetes is directly related to high cholesterol is directly related to heart disease.
You get the picture that complaining causes bad physical health. It also causes relational problems there something in social science called neural mirroring. What's that, it's whenever someone releases an emotion.
There feeling it causes others to be drawn to it. There's a good neural merit mirroring. What's that sympathy when you have someone who expresses something to you that's painful in their lives. You're drawn to enter into their world and try to help them right.
That's a good thing, but when it's complaining.
It initially draws people to you and in a bad way. The person drawn to you.
Starts mirroring the very neural imaging.
The complaining that's going on, so that a person is drawn into that complaining becomes a what a complainer think gob secondhand smoke you're in a place where water two or five people are smoking and you inhale that smoke you start to take on potentially the very symptoms of that smoke in their lives, in your own so when you're around complaining people either you will be drawn into it and start complaining yourself and then what you do is you have a huge pity party with your friends and that person will stay with you, probably for a season and afterwards in this true I get tired of the negative and the complaining and the downers and eventually what happens they leave. I can't speak for you, but I want to be surrounded by people who believe in my dreams, who have hopes and what God they do in my life to think positive about who I am in my future and run with complaining people I show empathy, but after a while I leave. So there is a relational damage to complaining. It may for a moment allow somebody to enter into your pity party, but eventually you'll be isolated and left. That's why God hates complaining. It has physical ramifications, emotional ramifications, relational ramifications if you remember God free the Israelites from the captivity of the Egyptians departed the Red Sea they got to the other side. The Egyptians were all killed, and they throw one praise party. Thanksgiving is everywhere around them. They thank God for his deliverance is beautiful and then I go out into the wilderness, and suddenly, food is a bit scarce. There's not much water and when they start doing. They start QuickBooks complaining and God listens to it and after a while he says okay you complain, you remain. You complain, you remain and what you do 40 laps around the wilderness for 40 years until they died off in a new generation filled with faith kingdom for you see folks complaining. His unbelief and verbalized complaining his unbelief verbalized in God hates unbelief, but Thanksgiving is faith verbalized. Thanksgiving is faith verbalized.
And Thanksgiving is saying that God no matter what's going on. I thank you because I know somehow, someway, though it's tough and it you're working through it.
It's for good.
I may not see it for a while, but I trust you. I'm totally dependent upon you.
I surrender everything to you and Thanksgiving replaces complaining which is where God wants us to be and gives us several key things. First of all, an inward spiritual happiness. The cortisol is not released like it is in those wonderful positive endorphins are released with our Thanksgiving and we live in personal happiness. There is the reality of improved relationships because positive people, people filled with joy and thanksgiving for all positive people.
There's the personal health improvement.
Obviously. And finally, there is enhanced performance. For if you have more energy you have a clear mind that you'll make better decisions and at work, you will achieve better success.
So there's a practical reason to be thankful.
That's why God instructs so clearly in his word. Do everything without grumbling or complaining and in everything give thanks to God for this is as well for you. He's working out his will, even in the bad stuff so it's easy to praise God in the good stuff isn't it harder in the bad stuff but it's a spiritual discipline of surrender to God. And when it's done, folks.
It has enormous physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and if it's for us all. So this Christmas, this Christmas, let me exhort all of you to learn the power of Thanksgiving you want to start a new way. Please tell me yes you do start a new way. Here's how you can start to practice the power of Thanksgiving in all things let let's start with Christmas. First of all give thanks to God for the cradle. Give thanks to God for that baby born in the cradle. Did you ever think about the reality that you didn't have to negotiate with God for him to send his son into the bag and more coercive. He did so by his own divine election by his love to solve the state of your bitterness and anger or resentment. All that separated you from him, and he pursues you. First, the evidence is the cradle so thank God this Christmas for the credit that God initiated this love then remember really. Christmas is always connected Easter. Thank God for the cross that that baby grew up and became a man and this man Jesus God in human flesh live the perfect life and none of us could ever live.
He went to a cross to die for the forgiveness of our sins taking our sin upon him, and giving us the forgiveness of our sins. Thank God this Christmas for the forgiveness of your sins you if you given your life to Jesus. You don't need to live in that guilt and shame anymore. Isn't that good news. It's all taken upon him.
Thank God for the cross and thank God for the conquest. Because three days after Jesus died he was raised from the dead. Yes there been plenty of people who have come back from life after death, but they've only been resuscitated, they had to face death again have a vague but Jesus is the only man is ever live, was resurrected and never face death again and that resurrection proves he's God and of God died for years and my sins that means there truly forgiven.
You can't keep a good God down.
The resurrection proves the enormous love of God for you and me. So this Christmas.
Thank God the conquest, resurrection the proof that his love is stronger than our sin matter what you've done. I don't care what you have done to disappoint God on abortion if even stolen from somebody. It's not greater then the love of God, your forgiven thank God for that resurrection and finally the crown cradle across the conquest of the crumpet thank God for as your faithful to him. Somehow, some way when we get to heaven crown, a glorious crown reward for having served so begin there.
Will you this Christmas develop an attitude of gratitude. Thank God for all things, the good and the bad.
When you do try to deeply in the him and you know the power cradle because Conrad moments of hope. Thanks for listening, coming up Dana joins me in a studio with thoughts on today's moment of hope. The ministry minute, focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community.
I Mark McManus and with me today is Bart Noonan with West Boulevard ministry bar. Tell us about West Boulevard ministry of thank you for this opportunity to speak about was for ministry and more poorly about Jesus Christ was Boulevard ministry, social, spiritual, physical news, the families and communes with Them Was Blvd., Jesus Christ weather were doing neighborhood outreach cookouts galleries will bring people outside of their apartments their homes to fellowship with one another forward doing Bible study bingo the first Wednesday of every month Little Rock apartments we gather anywhere from 50 to 70 children that we share the gospel with play bingo after our Bible study portion of the night and couple weeks ago young man walked without close to three years came in if he forgot something. Like a lot of young kids do.
He forgot some in the space came back in the end up praying out myself and all the other volunteers gospel ministry to gather there for that night, and let us all imprint close out fishermen particular church every Sunday for the past year and 1/2 and that's what it's all about us, about providing opportunity for Jesus Christ working side someone's heart. Encourage the more that sounds right know if any of our listeners want to get in contact with you.
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It's wonderful being with you as well.
Jen will in this morning's moment of hope you read about developing gratitude and this sounds tailor-made for this Thanksgiving holiday will it really should, but is not just for Thanksgiving week and the Thanksgiving day tomorrow but it's for every day of our lives. We got to develop an attitude of gratitude you and you know this. I have a counseling degree from the University of Florida I could hang out a shingle and be a full-time counselor that's not God's call upon my life.
I could do that but I really believe in what's called rational therapy and what that means is that you have to admit what's going on in your world.
Acknowledge the reality of what's happened to you before you can ever get well and one of the ways rational therapy really works is by renewing your mind changing your thought life because you really are what you think some people jokingly say you are what you eat and there's some truth to then you need to guard your diet but you are what you think whatever you allow into your mind and your mind focuses on that's what you'll ultimately feel and that feeling then will ultimately cause you to behave either positively or negatively.
So if you want to change behavior change your mind and change your thinking patterns and change your attitude. Paul said in Romans 12 to be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so folks, if you want to change your behavior change how you think and make sure you spend a lot of time giving thanks to God for all of the many benefits that he has given to us when you drive out those dark and despairing thoughts and replace them with positive thankful thoughts eventually your feelings will start to feel feelings of thanksgiving. That's the way it works. It's amazing. This is a phrase that I tell my kids all the time. Let's be grateful for the given autonomy and guaranteed in a practical application in mom friend of mine has with her children as if they are each given a cookie and one may have a little more sprinkles on it ours or something and one child says why that's not fair. She immediately takes that cookie from child and gives it to all my sins so early on we don't see it anymore and I think okay kids I needed why not fair, but being grateful for the getting is such a powerful thing. I think so too, Jen, and when we are our attitude changes toward gratitude and we are then filled with feelings of joy and thanksgiving and we can then be the kind of people that God wants us to be. I just can't overstate this enough. You are what you think, and folks. If you are always demanding of God more and more and not stopping and being thankful for what you have, it could well be that God is like that. Jen is describing and saying okay if you're not thankful for what you have all just give it to somebody else, then you're left with even more emptiness in your heart.
There's just something powerful about saying thank you God and also listing out counting all of your blessings that he has given to you. It really is on a somebody actually took a practice to writing letters of gratitude towards people in their lives and influence of influence, and it was a transformative process for anything. It is just again practicing Thanksgiving and developing an attitude of gratitude.
And when you do your never the same folks remember that message. Especially today, the day before Thanksgiving develop that Thanksgiving heart and you'll never be the same thank you so much for your thoughts today dated.
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