MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR
Greetings in the name of Jesus the Christ.
Do You Have a Thankful Heart?
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?
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 human body.
In what areas of our lives should we have a thankful heart?
Worship (Psalm 100:4), Prayer (Philippians 4:6), Giving (2 Corinthians 9:12), Friendships (Philippians 1:1-3), Spiritual battles (1 Corinthians 15:55-57), Daily living (Colossians 2:6-7) and Everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20).
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.
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.
Elder Ventrus Norfolk, Angel of the House