Thankfulness is a characteristic worth noting to God, and it brings faith, healing, and salvation, as we see in three different stories from the Gospel of Luke.
This week at the Bridge in Allegan we continued our discussion of the Five Practices for your journey towards intimacy with God, with part one of the Practice of Thankfulness. We took a look at how an attitude of thankfulness impacts not only our relationship with God, but the people around us, and even our own health.
This past week at the Bridge we wrapped up our chapter on Joy by looking at some of the joy-stealing lies that we believe and how we can use God’s Truth to take those thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ and restore joy to our lives.
On April 15th we took a look at Luke’s stories of the Young Rich Ruler and Zacchaeus and found that not only are they in back to back chapters but that their stories are very similar – wealthy money collectors with an interest in spiritual things – only the stories have very different outcomes. What was the difference and how do we avoid the mistakes of the Young Rich Ruler? Listen and find out!
(You see what I did there? I sucked you in with an amazing setup and now you’re stuck listening to my sermon to find out the answer.) 😉
This week at the Bridge we moved into chapter two of my upcoming book, “Remain in Me”, where we looked at JOY, the first of five practices for your journey towards intimacy with God. There we saw that, rather than being a result of our circumstances, joy is an attitude of our hearts and a choice in how we perceive the world around us.
Real joy comes through repentance. Not the “feeling bad about yourself” repentance, though feeling conviction is natural. Instead, true repentance means changing our minds, changing how we think to agree with God and how He thinks. This is what Paul is talking about when he says, “…be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is…” Romans 12:2.
This is where real joy comes from.
Let me know if this message is helpful for you.