Living With A Grateful Heart by Rick Ferguson

LIVING WITH A GRATEFUL HEART
1 THESS. 4:18

{Copyright ¬ 1995 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson. All rights reserved.
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Intro:One of the primary sins of the children of Israel was:
*they were a hard bunch to please
*they were seldom content
*they were given to carping and complaining

God often was angered at them because of the way they responded
to
threatening, difficult circumstances. They were guilty of
murmuring.

Ex:1.They murmured at the Read Sea (Ex. 14:11)
2.They murmured because they had no water
(Ex. 15:23-24)
3.They murmured because they had no food (Ex. 16:2-3)
4.They murmured because they had no water (Ex. 17:3)
5.They murmured because of the report of spies
(Num. 14:1-2)

*Finally God was fed up with their murmuring. (Num. 16:41-50)
*Ps. 106:23-24 says they murmured because they did not believe
God's Word.
*Paul says in 1 Cor. 10:10 "Neither murmur ye as some of them
also
murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer."
*Phil. 2:14 says, "do all things without murmurings and
disputings."

*The opposite of murmuring is Thanksgiving.
*God wants us to respond to every situation with Thanksgiving.

Read 1 Thess. 5:18
"In everything give thanks: for this is the will of Christ Jesus

concerning you."

*Is that realistic?
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*Do we ever need to give than ...


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