A Thankful Heart
Charles F. Stanley
Scripture: Psalm 100:1-5
I. Introduction: In the Bible, the heart is regarded as the seat of our emotions, passions, attitudes, and moral choices. Its condition is vitally important to our spiritual and emotional well-being. Do you have a thankful heart?
A. What motivates us to be thankful?
- We serve the one true and sovereign God. He loves us unconditionally and forgives our sin.
- The Lord has sealed us with the Holy Spirit and adopted us as His children.
- God equips us with spiritual gifts to fulfill the specific plans He has for our lives.
- Our heavenly Father is merciful, loving, and good.
- We have the privilege of developing close relationships with others.
- Jesus went to heaven to prepare a place for us, and He intercedes on our behalf.
- We have the Word of God.
- The Lord created our amazing bodies.
B. In what areas of our lives should we have a thankful heart?
- Worship (Ps. 100:4)
- Prayer (Phil. 4:6)
- Giving (2 Cor. 9:12)
- Friendships (Phil. 1:1-3)
- Spiritual battles (1 Cor. 15:55-57)
- Daily living (Col. 2:6-7)
- Everything (1 Thess. 5:18; Eph. 5:20)
C. What is the impact of a thankful heart?
- Godliness, because we are aware of His presence
- Motivation to look for His purpose in our circumstances
- Submission to His will, even when we don’t understand
- A reminder of our dependence on Him
- A stronger witness
- Attractiveness to others
- Joy and contentment instead of fear and anxiety
- Focus on God in difficult times
- Transformation of our attitude toward others
- Supernatural energy
III. Closing: Cultivating a thankful heart will transform your life. But you’ll never be genuinely happy or fulfilled until you know Jesus as Savior. Once you are a believer, the Holy Spirit can enable you to be grateful in all circumstances.