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THE MINISTRY OF RESTORATION
I've been talking about the Ministry of Restoration. David prayed, "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation." Then he said in the 23rd Psalm, "He restoreth my soul." God did restore unto David his joy.
Today, if you need the restoration of God's love, the restoration of His joy, the restoration of His peace, the restoration of His power, then I believe what I am going to talk to you about is one of the real keys to having your joy restored.
I'm going to talk today about the Restoration of Thanksgiving. I want to talk about the grace of gratitude, about the harvest of the heart. I've found in the scripture, that the word "gratitude" and the word "grace" comes from exactly the
same Greek word. I've also found the word "thanks" and the word "think" come from the same root word. So, if we really think about what God has done for us, it will restore that joy because our heart will overflow with thanksgiving to the Lord for all He's done and all He continues to do for us.
Even a dog will wag it's tail with it's thankful. How God's people need to restore thanksgiving to our prayers.
As Bill Sunday once said, "We need to take out a few of the groans and shove in their place some hallelujahs."
In Ephesians 5:18, Paul is talking about how to be filled with the spirit and he gives us a threefold result of being filled with the spirit. You will see three things here. You'll see that in relation to God, when you are filled with the Holy Spirit,
there is a spirit of adoration. You adore God -- you worship God. Then you'll see a relationship to your circumstances. There is a spirit of appreciation because you will always be giving thank to the Lord. You will live in a spirit of thanksgiving.
Then you'll see that in relation to your fellow man, there will be a spirit of accommodation. You will submit yourself, one to the other.
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