Based upon Dr. Stanley’s Life Principle Notes
The Bible has a lot to say about the heart, so we certainly want it to be healthy. We need to keep our hearts pure, loving, unselfish and kind. One way the Bible teaches us to do this is through thankfulness and praise. So let’s have a heart checkup.
Review the MEMORY VERSE (Ps 107:1). Let’s hide the Word of God in our heart; MEDITATE, what does the verse say to you? Pray for understanding. Review, Review, Review!
DISCUSS: What did I learn in the Sunday School lesson and the sermon about “The Recipe for Thanksgiving” and having an attitude of gratitude, especially at this time of the year?
Read: (Psalms 100). Talk about some of the reasons that you have that motivate you to be thankful (see verses 3 & 5). We can be thankful that He loves us unconditionally; we cannot do anything to lose it (Jer 31:3). With such a wonderful God to be thankful for, how can we train our hearts to Praise Him? Our prayers - Phil 4:6; our Singing – Ps 100:2; our spiritual battles – 1 Cor 15:57; our giving – 2 Cor 9:12; and our daily lives – Col 2:6-7.
THIS WEEK: God asks us to be grateful for our own good; when thankfulness flows from your heart it will impact your life and those around you in a positive way. A thankful heart begins with understanding what it cost The Lord Jesus to forgive your sins and a have real personal relationship with you. When you accept His death on the cross as payment for your sins and receive Him as your personal savior you become a child of God. He enables you to become everything He created you to be! Now “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thes 5:18