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November 18, 2019
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Can you follow Jesus and be ungrateful? Let's talk about the power of rememberance and genuine gratitude on our spiritual lives and on those around us. | TBN Prayer Line: 1-888-731-1000

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Being Grateful | Better Together

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  • - Is gratitude a condition of the heart?
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  • Why does God ask us to be grateful?
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  • Come on, let's talk about it.
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  • (light music)
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  • - No pun intended y'all,
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  • but I'm so grateful we're talking about gratitude.
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  • (women laugh)
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  • - Same page.
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  • - Because I feel like there's so many things
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  • I don't have that I want
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  • that are spiritual characteristics,
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  • but the one thing
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  • I feel like I have a surplus of is gratitude.
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  • Because I just haven't forgotten
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  • what my life was like before Christ.
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  • I was thinking as we were praying
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  • about this time we get together,
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  • I was thinking, "Okay, when was the last time
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  • "I was just discombobulated with gratitude?"
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  • It was actually this week
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  • because we had parents night at Missy's school
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  • and I sat there, I'm the oldest Mom in the room,
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  • with this 10 year old
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  • that God in his mercy allowed me to adopt,
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  • and I get really overwhelmed
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  • when I'm at a parent's night or at school,
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  • that I'm like, "I remember what it was like
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  • "knowing that because of my own toxic relationships
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  • "I wasn't gonna get to be a mom."
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  • And so, I see this kid and I go, it's just God's kindness.
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  • It's his kindness, it's the fact that he restored unto me
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  • the years that I just served up to locusts
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  • on a silver platter.
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  • And you know, Missy's always like,
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  • "Mama, are you happy crying or sad crying?"
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  • (women laugh)
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  • - 'Cause we need to know.
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  • - 'Cause gratitude just stirs me up,
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  • and I was watching her run around school and I thought,
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  • remember that story in Luke with the 10 lepers?
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  • And remember Jesus heals them
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  • and nine of them do back flips down main street
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  • and only one comes back to say thank you,
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  • and I love that Luke says, "And he was a Samaritan."
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  • So he didn't just have leprosy,
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  • his life was disfigured by being a Samaritan.
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  • Nobody accepted him, everybody ostracized him,
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  • and I think he couldn't forget
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  • how broken his life was before he encountered Christ.
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  • And sometimes I feel like
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  • that's why I have a surplus of gratitude,
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  • because I don't just remember the miracles he's done,
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  • I remember what was missing
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  • before he just blew into my life and redeemed.
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  • I don't know that my heart
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  • was big enough to completely express gratitude
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  • before God allowed me to become a mom.
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  • I feel like becoming her mom
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  • just changed the topography of my heart.
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  • I didn't deserve to be a mom,
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  • I had squandered a lot of years of my life,
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  • and the fact that our God is so good and so kind
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  • that he allowed me to become a mom through adoption
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  • and that he saved my kid's life, that Missy is healthy,
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  • every single thing he's given me through motherhood,
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  • every great thing in Missy is God's gift,
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  • and her life is God's gift.
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  • So I feel like my capacity to feel and express gratitude
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  • is just exponentially greater since becoming Missy's Mom.
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  • - Jesus asked the one that came back to say thank you,
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  • "Where are the others?"
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  • - That's right, that's right?
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  • - "Where are the others that I did the same thing for?"
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  • And then he almost gives him another whole grace of faith,
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  • "because of your faith that's made you whole."
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  • And I think he got so much more then the other one's had
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  • because he did come back to say thank you.
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  • And how much do we fail daily, on a daily basis sometimes,
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  • of not being grateful?
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  • - But you're right, it's like gratitude made his heart
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  • kinda ploted up for more seed.
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  • He actually experienced more blessing
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  • because it was humbled by gratitude.
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  • - When you said you have this overflowing of gratitude,
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  • I think for me sometimes,
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  • I can be super grateful for where I am, for sure,
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  • but I will admit, in front of all of you guys,
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  • that sometimes I forget to be grateful before the father.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • I will just go through, and live, and just think,
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  • "Oh this is just what I deserve and I get this",
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  • and then I have a moment where I'm like,
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  • "I deserve none of this."
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  • And then my heart becomes this overflowing,
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  • just like you said, how you thought,
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  • "I had served this up and this is what I gave you."
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  • That's what I feel sometimes, that I get to this moment
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  • and go, "Wow, every single thing is a gift", that's it.
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  • - That's powerful 'cause we don't even know
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  • if the other people that were healed,
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  • maybe in their past they had a gratitude.
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  • Maybe in other situations in their life
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  • they did remember to praise God for things that they had.
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  • Maybe in other times they did remember, but here is a moment
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  • where there was a season where they forgot to be grateful.
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  • Here is a season, a moment, that we hear about,
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  • that they were not thankful, they did not remember,
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  • and I think sometimes the enemy has victory
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  • in our lives and our attitudes
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  • just because of a spirit of forgetfulness,
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  • not even maliciousness--
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  • - Yeah, I think that's good Hosanna, yep.
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  • - Not even evil necessarily, pure evil,
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  • but just forgetfulness.
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  • I have forgotten the miracle,
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  • I have forgotten who I was before this miracle in my life,
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  • I forgot what he brought me from.
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  • And the enemy doesn't always have to completely destroy us,
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  • if he can just cause us to forget.
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  • - I think we've done ourselves
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  • such a disfavor in Christian circles,
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  • 'cause there's so many teachings on,
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  • don't look in the rear-view mirror, don't look back,
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  • we're new creations.
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  • - Yep.
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  • - Actually, the Old Testament talks about remembering a lot,
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  • because if you remember what he's brought you from you go,
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  • "Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you",
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  • and it really sets your face,
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  • it keeps you set toward a new place.
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  • We've started doing communion in our house a lot,
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  • you know, just the little cups with the wafers on top,
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  • because we've had some hard things recently,
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  • addiction has kinda risen back up in my big family,
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  • and I'm just determined
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  • that the enemy is not gonna have this generation.
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  • And I thought, "You know what?"
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  • I think remembering what Jesus has already accomplished
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  • keeps us in that posture of not only gratitude,
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  • but it's kinda a fighting posture.
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  • And so, Missy, who's just 10, will go,
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  • "We remember Jesus, we remember Jesus."
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  • But I think what you said is just key,
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  • remembering what he's already done,
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  • not just looking forward to what he's going to do,
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  • but going thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.
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  • - Yeah, but I love what you just said
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  • as far as the fighting posture.
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  • I think gratitude is definitely a fighting posture.
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  • Being thankful reminds you of who he is
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  • and what he's already done, what he's doing.
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  • And it just keeps your eyes,
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  • and it helps you to remember who he is, you know?
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  • I think we forget when we're not thankful.
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  • And the Bible commands us to be thankful.
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  • It is easy to remember
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  • when you stay in the posture of thanksgiving.
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  • - And he always says in the Old Testament,
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  • "Remember what I have done for you."
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  • And I don't know about you,
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  • but when I start telling a testimony,
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  • we did it yesterday on Jamie's podcast,
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  • you start telling your testimony and what God did.
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  • And man, you talk about, (laughs) go ahead.
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  • (women laugh)
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  • - I definitely believe that at times
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  • the enemy has victory over our lives
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  • through the spirit of forgetfulness.
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  • When we forget who God is, then we forget what he's done,
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  • then we forget who we are,
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  • and then we forget what we're capable of, it's a whole mess.
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  • And so, it is important that we have habits
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  • of coming to a place of remembrance.
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  • That we are spending time with God, speaking to him.
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  • That we're spending time reflecting on what he's done,
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  • that we are in the word, that we're in a community
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  • that even reminds us where we've been.
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  • Sometimes I take for granted things I have in my life,
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  • and then people in my community have to remind me,
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  • "Hey, remember when you were over there?"
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  • "Hey, remember when you were in that season?"
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  • It's important that we have habits in our lives
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  • that help us remember all that God has done
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  • and all that he is.
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  • - You know, I love that Jesus,
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  • when we give thanks over our food,
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  • where do we find that in the Bible?
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  • Well, Jesus.
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  • - He models it.
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  • - Jesus was the one that broke the bread and he gave thanks.
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  • And he's the one that broke the bread
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  • before he was going to the cross.
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  • And he's the one that broke the bread
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  • before he had to feed the five thousand sitting there.
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  • - That's so powerful.
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  • - So he was looking at a lot of things that were coming up
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  • and he still broke the bread and he gave thanks.
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  • - Which is so beautiful,
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  • we were talking about that earlier
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  • when we weren't on camera,
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  • how the word for thanksgiving, gratitude,
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  • eucharistia in the New Testament,
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  • he used it all those times, it's the same word.
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  • And I think sometimes we have segregated it
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  • into just this kinda homework action of,
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  • "Thank you for giving me a graduation gift", and it's like,
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  • no actually it's modeled throughout scripture
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  • that if you are in Christ, you're whole life really,
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  • gratitude should permeate every single facet of your life.
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  • That's who we are.
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  • I was just kinda thinking,
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  • is it possible to be a Christian and not be grateful?
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  • - No. - What do you all think?
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  • - I don't think so.
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  • I mean, even when you were talking about what Jesus did,
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  • we know that in Jesus' whole entire ministry,
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  • he depended on the father for his strength.
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  • Even though he's fully God, he still was here on a mission,
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  • depending on his father.
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  • And I think sometimes when we become ungrateful,
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  • we're depending on ourselves.
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  • And the whole Christian life,
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  • like you said, can you be a Christian and not be grateful?
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  • Well then we're just depending on ourself.
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  • And then how can we do God's work in our own strength?
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  • We can't, we'll fail.
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  • When we become people who are ungrateful,
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  • and I mean that in a sense of,
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  • we are losing our gratefulness towards the Lord.
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  • Not just to the waiter that serves you dinner,
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  • or your mom, or your dad, or your co-workers,
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  • but when we become people
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  • who we lose our gratitude for the Lord
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  • and everything he's done for us,
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  • what can happen is
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  • we can start to feel as though we are self-sufficient.
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  • We are able to do everything on our own,
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  • because if there's no one to thank,
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  • then there's no acknowledging
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  • that anything has been given to you.
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  • And so, even being thankful
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  • and being grateful to the Lord says
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  • you've given me things that I need.
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  • You've equipped me with things that I need
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  • to do the work that you've set before me.
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  • And when we quit doing that,
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  • basically it feels like we're saying,
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  • "I don't need anything from you God,
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  • "because there's nothing for me to thank you for."
  • 00:10:39.090 --> 00:10:41.260
  • Which we're saying, "I'm good, I can do this all by myself."
  • 00:10:41.260 --> 00:10:45.180
  • And that's a scary, scary place to be
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  • because what will happen is, well, we can't.
  • 00:10:47.160 --> 00:10:50.090
  • And so, what will happen is, something will come along
  • 00:10:50.090 --> 00:10:53.050
  • and we will realize that we are not capable
  • 00:10:53.050 --> 00:10:55.190
  • to carry ourselves through this life,
  • 00:10:55.190 --> 00:10:57.010
  • that we have to have the Lord's help.
  • 00:10:57.010 --> 00:10:59.160
  • And so, for me personally,
  • 00:10:59.160 --> 00:11:01.020
  • I want to be really aware of that.
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  • I want to be really aware that when I am lacking gratitude,
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  • when I am lacking the willingness
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  • to sit down before the father everyday and say,
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  • "Here are all the things that I'm thankful for",
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  • what's gonna happen is
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  • I'm gonna start to think that I, that Jamie,
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  • can do this all on her own.
  • 00:11:17.220 --> 00:11:19.070
  • And so, my prayer for me, for you, anyone watching is,
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  • man, God would you keep us grateful?
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  • Would you keep us understanding and knowing
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  • that we are completely dependent upon you.
  • 00:11:26.250 --> 00:11:29.090
  • So I don't want to be a person
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  • who lacks gratefulness towards the father,
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  • because what that shows me about myself is that
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  • I'm starting to become self-sufficient, self-dependent.
  • 00:11:36.160 --> 00:11:40.220
  • And then, what's next is, I'll start to think
  • 00:11:40.220 --> 00:11:42.260
  • that I don't need God as much as I think I do,
  • 00:11:42.260 --> 00:11:45.070
  • and I don't want to be that way.
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  • - Connect with us on social media
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  • and tell us what you're thankful for.
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  • - We can't wait to hear from you.
  • 00:11:51.230 --> 00:11:53.170
  • - When have y'all ever felt discombobulated with gratitude?
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  • Just almost, almost overwhelmed
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  • by God's kindness, God's goodness?
  • 00:12:02.110 --> 00:12:05.020
  • - I think looking at your children.
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  • - Yeah I was about to say the birth of your children,
  • 00:12:06.170 --> 00:12:09.060
  • that's pretty amazing.
  • 00:12:09.060 --> 00:12:10.260
  • (women laugh)
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  • They have all five fingers and five toes.
  • 00:12:14.150 --> 00:12:16.280
  • - Yeah, that's a huge thing,
  • 00:12:16.280 --> 00:12:19.050
  • and then watching them do
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  • the will of the father for their lives when they grow up.
  • 00:12:21.040 --> 00:12:24.280
  • - I feel that way sometimes at church.
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  • My husband's a pastor
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  • and I get the great honor, just like you guys,
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  • to minister in my local church and around the country,
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  • and sometimes I'll be standing in worship,
  • 00:12:34.130 --> 00:12:37.130
  • and worship music just is like, it puts me out.
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  • I'm glad I married a worship leader, right?
  • 00:12:39.140 --> 00:12:42.040
  • But I can just stand there and just feel like,
  • 00:12:42.040 --> 00:12:45.130
  • "God, I don't know how I got here,
  • 00:12:45.130 --> 00:12:48.000
  • "because I didn't love you for a lot of years."
  • 00:12:48.000 --> 00:12:50.260
  • "So the fact that you let me be apart of your kingdom work",
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  • it just can put me on the floor.
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  • I just don't know how
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  • other than the grace of God on my life.
  • 00:13:00.200 --> 00:13:05.140
  • And so, I feel that way in church and worship,
  • 00:13:05.140 --> 00:13:08.010
  • I just am like, oh.
  • 00:13:08.010 --> 00:13:09.060
  • - And when you see people come to the Lord.
  • 00:13:09.060 --> 00:13:11.250
  • - Baptisms, when you watch baptisms it's like,
  • 00:13:11.250 --> 00:13:14.280
  • it's almost like the thing
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  • that I have never not teared up watching a baptism,
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  • even if it's not my home church,
  • 00:13:20.200 --> 00:13:22.190
  • because you remember, even just seeing the death to life.
  • 00:13:22.190 --> 00:13:25.140
  • - My boys got baptized this summer,
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  • in the ocean by their Daddy,
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  • and I was right there with them and I just thought,
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  • this is a moment I want to pause time.
  • 00:13:32.110 --> 00:13:34.160
  • It was beautiful.
  • 00:13:35.190 --> 00:13:36.240
  • - When you see people coming to Jesus,
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  • it's like you remember, I remember when that was me.
  • 00:13:38.100 --> 00:13:40.220
  • And as they're taking their first step,
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  • I remember when it was my first step.
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  • And here I am feeling like, I'm not that far ahead,
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  • or I'm not where I want to be,
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  • and I have so much more to go.
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  • But then when I see also where I used to be,
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  • when you remember,
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  • when I'm at my best, it's when I'm remembering.
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  • That's when I'm the best wife I can be,
  • 00:13:55.150 --> 00:13:57.040
  • when I'm the best minister I can be,
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  • the best daughter I can be,
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  • is when I remember, I don't take for granted
  • 00:13:59.180 --> 00:14:01.220
  • where he's brought me from.
  • 00:14:01.220 --> 00:14:03.260
  • - Being grateful and living in the spirit of gratitude
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  • automatically reminds you of the greatness of God.
  • 00:14:07.120 --> 00:14:11.040
  • 'Cause when we focus in on who God is,
  • 00:14:11.040 --> 00:14:13.270
  • not what he's done, not what he's promised he will do,
  • 00:14:13.270 --> 00:14:17.070
  • but just the magnitude of who he is,
  • 00:14:17.070 --> 00:14:20.170
  • you can't help but remember how powerful
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  • and how great he is.
  • 00:14:24.120 --> 00:14:28.220
  • - We were in Israel this spring and I got to bring Missy,
  • 00:14:28.220 --> 00:14:33.000
  • and she's 10, and it was just,
  • 00:14:33.000 --> 00:14:34.080
  • y'all Israel just is unbelievable
  • 00:14:34.080 --> 00:14:37.060
  • the way the Bible goes from black and white to technicolor.
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  • But we went to the Western Wall one day
  • 00:14:40.240 --> 00:14:43.080
  • and I was just overwhelmed because I remember
  • 00:14:43.080 --> 00:14:47.020
  • the last time I was in Israel was the year 2000,
  • 00:14:47.020 --> 00:14:50.120
  • and I remember the prayer I wrote
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  • and rolled up into a tiny scroll
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  • and stuck it in the Western Wall.
  • 00:14:54.050 --> 00:14:56.030
  • And I had written a prayer,
  • 00:14:56.030 --> 00:14:58.060
  • Lord if it pleases you, please allow me to be a mother.
  • 00:14:58.060 --> 00:15:03.000
  • And I just remembered that, and here I am with Missy,
  • 00:15:03.000 --> 00:15:06.020
  • and all I could write, we had our little scraps of paper,
  • 00:15:06.020 --> 00:15:09.060
  • and I was so flustered by his kindness,
  • 00:15:09.060 --> 00:15:13.050
  • that all I could write was thank you.
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  • I just wrote thank you and stuck it in the wall.
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  • And there's my baby's little brown hand
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  • and my hand at the Western Wall and I thought,
  • 00:15:20.000 --> 00:15:21.140
  • "He is good, he is good, he is good, he is good."
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  • I don't always recognize it
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  • because I see through the glass dimly,
  • 00:15:26.060 --> 00:15:28.070
  • but I feel that the older I get,
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  • the more gratitude, it's kinda my daily bread.
  • 00:15:31.010 --> 00:15:34.280
  • I can hardly wake up without going,
  • 00:15:34.280 --> 00:15:36.270
  • I can't believe what you've done for us.
  • 00:15:36.270 --> 00:15:39.280
  • What are y'all's favorite passages about gratitude?
  • 00:15:39.280 --> 00:15:42.140
  • - Thanksgiving is written all throughout the word, you know?
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  • And one of your favorites is just,
  • 00:15:47.170 --> 00:15:49.120
  • when she was talking about worship,
  • 00:15:49.120 --> 00:15:50.180
  • "Enter into your gates with thanksgiving
  • 00:15:50.180 --> 00:15:51.290
  • "and into your courts with praises."
  • 00:15:51.290 --> 00:15:53.260
  • And I think as believers, we forget
  • 00:15:53.260 --> 00:15:57.170
  • that that's the source of our strength and our joy.
  • 00:15:57.170 --> 00:16:00.050
  • When you said Jesus modeled it,
  • 00:16:00.050 --> 00:16:02.070
  • when he was going to the cross he gave thanks.
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  • There's power in thanksgiving,
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  • there's power in gratitude.
  • 00:16:06.140 --> 00:16:08.270
  • So a lot of times we're walking around
  • 00:16:10.030 --> 00:16:11.260
  • without power, or lifeless, without joy.
  • 00:16:11.260 --> 00:16:15.080
  • It's like, have we been really walking in gratitude?
  • 00:16:15.080 --> 00:16:19.160
  • Gratefulness, and like you said, remembering.
  • 00:16:19.160 --> 00:16:21.090
  • - Well I was reading about that, about what praise does
  • 00:16:21.090 --> 00:16:23.250
  • to help us access the presence of God.
  • 00:16:23.250 --> 00:16:25.290
  • Psalm 22 says, "That he inhabits the praises of his people."
  • 00:16:25.290 --> 00:16:30.090
  • So we realize, if we want to get closer to God,
  • 00:16:30.090 --> 00:16:32.020
  • we just got to get to his address.
  • 00:16:32.020 --> 00:16:34.000
  • He's gonna inhabit the praises of his people.
  • 00:16:34.000 --> 00:16:36.220
  • So have I been, I thought,
  • 00:16:36.220 --> 00:16:38.270
  • have I been vocalizing my gratitude to the Lord?
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  • "Let the redeemed say so."
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  • Have I been saying so?
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  • Sometimes I feel so but I don't say so.
  • 00:16:45.040 --> 00:16:47.090
  • So is it so?
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  • Is God hearing that I am grateful?
  • 00:16:48.140 --> 00:16:49.170
  • And I want him to inhabit,
  • 00:16:49.170 --> 00:16:51.010
  • I want to get nearer to his presence, how can I get closer?
  • 00:16:51.010 --> 00:16:53.160
  • I think I've got to say so, I mean--
  • 00:16:53.160 --> 00:16:56.180
  • - It says, "I will give thanks", in Psalms 9:1,
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  • "I will give thanks to you Lord, with all my heart,
  • 00:16:59.110 --> 00:17:04.000
  • "I will tell of all of your wonderful deeds."
  • 00:17:04.000 --> 00:17:08.040
  • - That is so powerful.
  • 00:17:08.040 --> 00:17:09.190
  • And in that story that you talked about, man gets healed,
  • 00:17:09.190 --> 00:17:12.200
  • and he says, "Where are the other ones?"
  • 00:17:12.200 --> 00:17:14.050
  • "Why didn't they come?"
  • 00:17:14.050 --> 00:17:16.060
  • He gets healed and then Jesus says, "Go and tell the town,
  • 00:17:16.060 --> 00:17:19.140
  • 'go and tell everybody."
  • 00:17:19.140 --> 00:17:20.270
  • "You've got so much gratitude, you received a miracle,
  • 00:17:20.270 --> 00:17:23.080
  • "and now you're gonna be my voice."
  • 00:17:23.080 --> 00:17:24.240
  • "Now go, your redeemed, go say so, go tell the town."
  • 00:17:24.240 --> 00:17:27.150
  • And now he gets to be, now through his gratitude,
  • 00:17:27.150 --> 00:17:31.150
  • now through his story, he gets to tell other people
  • 00:17:31.150 --> 00:17:33.230
  • about the miracle of Jesus because he vocalized.
  • 00:17:33.230 --> 00:17:36.220
  • - He vocalized, that's good.
  • 00:17:36.220 --> 00:17:38.060
  • - He vocalized what Jesus had done in his life.
  • 00:17:38.060 --> 00:17:39.190
  • - That's good, I think that's so important
  • 00:17:39.190 --> 00:17:42.010
  • because a lot of times
  • 00:17:42.010 --> 00:17:43.100
  • we say we feel gratefulness in our hearts.
  • 00:17:43.100 --> 00:17:45.150
  • The Bible instructs us to vocalize, to go tell somebody.
  • 00:17:45.150 --> 00:17:49.150
  • - Is gratefulness a heart condition?
  • 00:17:49.150 --> 00:17:52.030
  • - I believe it is, because if you,
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  • I mean just the theological template
  • 00:17:53.250 --> 00:17:56.020
  • of when we're in Christ, when we give our hearts to Christ,
  • 00:17:56.020 --> 00:17:59.040
  • he regenerates our hearts, our cardia.
  • 00:17:59.040 --> 00:18:01.200
  • And so, if you are in Christ, Paul says, the object,
  • 00:18:01.200 --> 00:18:06.030
  • in the Old Testament their gratitude
  • 00:18:06.030 --> 00:18:08.010
  • was the festivals, it was in the remembering.
  • 00:18:08.010 --> 00:18:11.160
  • New Testament, Jesus comes
  • 00:18:11.160 --> 00:18:13.070
  • and actually the object of our gratitude
  • 00:18:13.070 --> 00:18:15.280
  • is the love of God for us manifest in the grace of Christ.
  • 00:18:15.280 --> 00:18:20.200
  • And so, I don't, I personally do not believe
  • 00:18:20.200 --> 00:18:24.220
  • you can be a Christ follower without gratitude.
  • 00:18:24.220 --> 00:18:28.000
  • I think that's like saying this is a balloon without air.
  • 00:18:28.000 --> 00:18:30.260
  • I'm like, well no, that's a piece of rubber.
  • 00:18:30.260 --> 00:18:32.110
  • If there's no air in it that's not actually a balloon.
  • 00:18:32.110 --> 00:18:35.180
  • So I believe gratitude, and I think obviously
  • 00:18:35.180 --> 00:18:38.040
  • there are seasons that gratitude's at the forefront,
  • 00:18:38.040 --> 00:18:41.130
  • there are seasons when we're in a dark place,
  • 00:18:41.130 --> 00:18:43.050
  • or we're wrestling,
  • 00:18:43.050 --> 00:18:44.200
  • when gratitude has been camped down in our hearts in minds.
  • 00:18:44.200 --> 00:18:47.190
  • But I totally agree with you
  • 00:18:47.190 --> 00:18:49.070
  • saying that our power, and our joy,
  • 00:18:49.070 --> 00:18:53.090
  • and the way we access God, I think gratitude is both,
  • 00:18:53.090 --> 00:18:56.180
  • I think it's both fruit and fuel.
  • 00:18:56.180 --> 00:18:59.070
  • I think it fuels us in our faith
  • 00:18:59.070 --> 00:19:02.000
  • and I think it's also fruit of our faith.
  • 00:19:02.000 --> 00:19:06.060
  • - I think sometimes we get into a place
  • 00:19:06.060 --> 00:19:08.070
  • where we're just kinda complaining about everything,
  • 00:19:08.070 --> 00:19:11.140
  • and being negative, and you know, that just reeks,
  • 00:19:11.140 --> 00:19:16.140
  • that just reeks to the people around us, all of a sudden
  • 00:19:17.260 --> 00:19:21.050
  • people don't really like being around you anymore.
  • 00:19:21.050 --> 00:19:24.240
  • But when you take on a gracious and a generous spirit,
  • 00:19:24.240 --> 00:19:28.210
  • and a thankful and a grateful spirit,
  • 00:19:28.210 --> 00:19:31.110
  • that changes the world around you.
  • 00:19:32.160 --> 00:19:34.120
  • That changes the way people perceive you.
  • 00:19:34.120 --> 00:19:37.130
  • That changes the dynamics in your world,
  • 00:19:37.130 --> 00:19:40.060
  • just to have a grateful heart.
  • 00:19:40.060 --> 00:19:42.170
  • - I think one of the ways we change culture
  • 00:19:42.170 --> 00:19:45.030
  • is by vocalizing gratitude to the people around us.
  • 00:19:45.030 --> 00:19:47.260
  • I'm telling you, one of the things, I just thought,
  • 00:19:47.260 --> 00:19:50.220
  • Missy's adopted, she's got an old pale mama,
  • 00:19:50.220 --> 00:19:54.040
  • one of the things I think is incumbent upon me as a mom
  • 00:19:54.040 --> 00:19:56.160
  • is to teach her respect
  • 00:19:56.160 --> 00:19:57.270
  • so that she'll be polite.
  • 00:19:57.270 --> 00:19:59.110
  • And I will watch these grouchy old mean people
  • 00:19:59.110 --> 00:20:02.240
  • sometimes in Target or the grocery store
  • 00:20:02.240 --> 00:20:05.150
  • and here comes Missy and she goes,
  • 00:20:05.150 --> 00:20:07.060
  • "Thank you sir, I appreciate that sir."
  • 00:20:07.060 --> 00:20:09.220
  • And you just watch them almost visibly soften.
  • 00:20:09.220 --> 00:20:13.010
  • So I think, of course our gratitude first
  • 00:20:13.010 --> 00:20:15.230
  • is as unto the Lord,
  • 00:20:15.230 --> 00:20:17.070
  • but if we model that to culture, I think it softens culture.
  • 00:20:17.070 --> 00:20:22.000
  • - Well in his word says,
  • 00:20:22.000 --> 00:20:23.200
  • "In everything that you do, give thanks."
  • 00:20:23.200 --> 00:20:26.230
  • And so, if we model that in everything that we did,
  • 00:20:28.060 --> 00:20:31.160
  • it would change culture.
  • 00:20:31.160 --> 00:20:33.010
  • It would be a culture shifting thing
  • 00:20:33.010 --> 00:20:34.290
  • if we were a people who, in everything we did,
  • 00:20:34.290 --> 00:20:37.140
  • we would give thanks unto the Lord.
  • 00:20:37.140 --> 00:20:39.240
  • - So we just asked the question,
  • 00:20:39.240 --> 00:20:41.110
  • can you be a Christian and not be grateful?
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  • Do you think that people
  • 00:20:44.000 --> 00:20:45.130
  • have to be taught how to be grateful
  • 00:20:45.130 --> 00:20:47.200
  • or do you think that's something
  • 00:20:47.200 --> 00:20:49.030
  • that you shouldn't have to be taught?
  • 00:20:49.030 --> 00:20:50.130
  • - I have a story about that.
  • 00:20:50.130 --> 00:20:53.020
  • When I was a little girl, my parents,
  • 00:20:53.020 --> 00:20:57.120
  • we had everything we needed and then some.
  • 00:20:57.120 --> 00:21:00.050
  • My parents pastored
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  • and if there was any abundance or anything,
  • 00:21:01.130 --> 00:21:05.070
  • my brother and I always benefited from that.
  • 00:21:05.070 --> 00:21:08.070
  • We went and got a new motorcycle or,
  • 00:21:08.070 --> 00:21:10.050
  • so we had a lot of things.
  • 00:21:10.050 --> 00:21:13.040
  • And I remember this little girl came home with us one day,
  • 00:21:13.040 --> 00:21:17.250
  • from school, and she was gonna spend the night.
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  • And she was full of life and busy,
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  • and we were just busy and playing ping pong, we played pool,
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  • and we took motorcycle rides, and we did all this stuff.
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  • And she came back into the house and she said, "I'm bored."
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  • And so, my little brother and I tried into my mom and dad
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  • and go, "We're bored."
  • 00:21:43.030 --> 00:21:45.090
  • And my dad picked the both of us up--
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  • - And said let me show you a board.
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  • (women laugh)
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  • - He spanked the whomp out of us,
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  • and he said, don't you ever say that you're bored again.
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  • Look at all that has been provided.
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  • And God's big spanking whoop (laughs),
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  • you know, we get that every once and awhile,
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  • and we need that about, when we're murmuring,
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  • and we're complaining,
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  • to get that little loving two by four upside the head
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  • that says, "Look at all that God has done for you."
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  • And so, a lot of times I think we need to be reminded
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  • and that taught me something.
  • 00:22:25.260 --> 00:22:28.110
  • - Oh yeah.
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  • - And I never said I was B-O-R-E-D ever again.
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  • (women laugh)
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  • So I know that my parents had a part
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  • in teaching me, absolutely.
  • 00:22:41.120 --> 00:22:42.210
  • - Well I think we do get a new heart
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  • and God does change us from the inside out.
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  • You can see things that you struggled with before
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  • that only by the grace of God are you different.
  • 00:22:49.130 --> 00:22:51.270
  • But I think with all spiritual disciplines
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  • we have to practice and learn.
  • 00:22:54.030 --> 00:22:55.270
  • - Absolutely.
  • 00:22:55.270 --> 00:22:57.030
  • - So I think God gives us a new heart,
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  • and we can all see that evident,
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  • but I can see disciplines in my life that are harder for me
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  • that are not as hard for you and vice versa.
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  • - 100%, because even though it is a heart issue,
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  • it is not a natural inclination.
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  • It's not something that you're born with,
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  • babies don't just come out super grateful.
  • 00:23:13.280 --> 00:23:15.240
  • - No, no, no.
  • 00:23:15.240 --> 00:23:16.190
  • - So certainly, when I think about it as a heart issue,
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  • I'm like, well first it's a habit issue,
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  • first it was a habit issue,
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  • first I learned the habits of how to be grateful,
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  • the habits of how to speak gratitude,
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  • the habit of how to tell other people I was grateful.
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  • The habit of receiving when someone said they were grateful
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  • for something I am or something that I did.
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  • Just the habit of gratitude
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  • I feel like helped me kind of develop a heart of gratitude.
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  • It wasn't something I was able to fake,
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  • it was something that came through habits.
  • 00:23:40.190 --> 00:23:42.090
  • - And I think with small children,
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  • even when my kids were complaining about something,
  • 00:23:43.220 --> 00:23:46.210
  • it was like, "Okay, I need you to name
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  • "two things that you're really grateful for."
  • 00:23:49.010 --> 00:23:51.280
  • And that just changes the atmosphere.
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  • And you're just gonna stick with that attitude.
  • 00:23:55.000 --> 00:23:56.160
  • - Yeah, even this time of season, in America at least,
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  • where we're celebrating thanksgiving,
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  • it kind of is this shift for us, kind of a reminder.
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  • It is a realignment.
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  • We can be thankful for the breath in our lungs today.
  • 00:24:06.150 --> 00:24:09.090
  • And so, just kind of resetting our hearts.
  • 00:24:09.090 --> 00:24:13.120
  • - And I think, I read in a commentary recently,
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  • to be grateful for the good we have,
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  • not the good we still want.
  • 00:24:20.060 --> 00:24:22.220
  • - Oh that's good.
  • 00:24:22.220 --> 00:24:24.070
  • - And I thought, let's not have a scarcity spirit,
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  • let's count all the blessings we have
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  • and anything else over and above this is cake.
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  • Let's be grateful for what we have now.
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  • Will you pray with me?
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  • Jesus thank you, thank you, thank you,
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  • that we can come before your throne just as we are.
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  • That we don't have to pretend,
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  • that we don't have to put on any kind of mask,
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  • a performance, or go through some kind of religious ritual,
  • 00:24:48.190 --> 00:24:53.040
  • but we can just come before you as we are
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  • and trust that you incline your ear to hear us.
  • 00:24:55.180 --> 00:24:58.130
  • So we confess right now Jesus that we need your holy spirit
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  • to root out the places in our hearts
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  • where we can't even feel gratitude,
  • 00:25:05.190 --> 00:25:07.160
  • that you would remind us, quicken us with your holy spirit.
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  • Remind us of the miracle it is
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  • that you, the God of the universe,
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  • actually call us sons and daughters.
  • 00:25:14.150 --> 00:25:17.090
  • Lord, through your spirit,
  • 00:25:17.090 --> 00:25:18.230
  • remind us of the miracle of being adopted into your family.
  • 00:25:18.230 --> 00:25:22.090
  • That we are coheirs with Jesus Christ, that you love us,
  • 00:25:22.090 --> 00:25:26.170
  • that your love will never let us go,
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  • that not even death can separate us from your affection.
  • 00:25:29.040 --> 00:25:32.070
  • So Jesus I just pray that the cognizance
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  • of what a miracle it is to be your kids
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  • would crowd out the lesser affections in our hearts
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  • and you would tender our hearts with gratitude,
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  • that we would begin to recognize, oh my goodness,
  • 00:25:45.210 --> 00:25:49.130
  • he loves me, he loves me, he loves me.
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  • And Jesus we will be careful to give you
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  • and you alone, the honor, and the glory, and the praise
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  • for the places you softened our hearts.
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  • And help us to actually begin to feel your love
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  • and to feel the softness of gratitude as a result of that.
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  • Amen.
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  • - It's easy for me to remain rooted
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  • and grounded in gratitude,
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  • because everything that I am,
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  • everything that I've accomplished,
  • 00:26:31.260 --> 00:26:34.070
  • is all because of God's grace.
  • 00:26:34.070 --> 00:26:36.230
  • And I never get that twisted,
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  • it's not anything that I bring to the table
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  • except simply saying yes to his will,
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  • and he does everything else.
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