We all have been guilty of being ungrateful. We get something we want, but we are looking for the next thing. The human heart is never satisfied.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 New Living Translation says 16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Being joyful always is a challenge: financial difficulty, and failed relationships, when a loved one pass (especially around the holidays). It can make anyone miserable. But, of course, we have a natural side, so it’s okay to cry, but we must be careful so that we don’t slip into a deep state of depression.
Dis-ease can lead to all kinds of illnesses and diseases. I have seen it firsthand. Therefore, it is good to surround yourself with godly and positive people when going through a difficult time.
When David lost everything, including his family, he cried. However, David encouraged himself in the Lord. Nehemiah 8:10 says the joy of the Lord is our strength. We must lean on God’s strength to pull us through difficult situations. Proverbs 17:22 says, 22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones. Everyone needs a good laugh to release stress.
Pray always, even when things are going well. Satan is like a roaring lion, seeking people to devour. Matthew 24:44 says to be ready. Prayer is communicating with God as if you were talking to someone close. Prayer life and a relationship with God keep you sane. I even vent to God just like I would my best friend or someone I trust. You can face any challenge that comes with a prayer life.
In everything, give thanks, for this is the will of God for those who belong to Jesus Christ. Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior give you hope and supernatural power that a natural or carnal person cannot give. It is easy to complain when things go wrong. In Numbers 14, the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, murmuring and complaining. Some of them died and did not get to the promised land. To move forward, have an attitude of gratitude.
Thank God for what you have, and more will be given. When a person sees appreciation for what is done, it makes that person wants to give more.
God dwells in thanksgiving. Psalm 100:4 says, 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name.
No one wants to be around someone who complains and is in a bad mood all the time; it can become mentally draining.
It’s distasteful to be ungrateful.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for making me an heir to your kingdom. I praise you, Lord, for you have done marvelous things. God, I thank you for your faithfulness; you have never failed me. I repent for complaining. I choose to rejoice always in your goodness. When I am discouraged, or in distress, I pray without ceasing. I give thanks in everything, knowing that I have victory in you. In Jesus’ name! Amen.