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July 7, 1999

Thankful Key

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You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. PSALM 30:11-12
If there is a key to a joyful life, it has to be thankfulness. A heart of ingratitude will derail our spiritual growth and journey quicker than anything else in our life. Ingratitude fails to acknowledge the reality of God’s provision in our lives. It spits in the face of our Savior. It says that His sacrifice means nothing in light of the situation we are currently facing.
If we are ungrateful, it is because we have lost sight of Who He is and what He has done. Nothing in our lives, regardless of how tragic, will ever compare to what Jesus went through on our behalf. Our situations cannot be even half as bad—they are not even on the same plane. And yet, at every turn Jesus walked in submission to the Father. He marched willingly to His own death, asking for the forgiveness of the ungrateful masses who stood around Him mocking while He hung in agony.
A heart of ingratitude is the ultimate arrogance. It is a created being elevating itself to the level of the Creator. It is a pot on a shelf refusing to give thanks to the potter who lovingly formed it from a lump of cold, useless clay into an object of beauty and use. It is the pride that brought down Lucifer, the angel of light, who in his heart determined that he was equal to God. It is a dangerous sheet of thin ice, and nothing but cold, icy water lies beneath.
There is nothing like giving thanks to battle gloom and despair. Thankfulness will drive out self-pity. It will restore strength and perspective. It is a spiritual shot in the arm protecting us from the disease of the world. It is a spiritual vitamin giving us strength for the day. It is recommended that you take it daily and often for best results. And now is a great time to start.

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