TOPIC: The Goodness In Appreciation (Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Sunday, 17 June 2018)
FIRE SCRIPTURE: 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-19
MEMORY VERSE: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. – James 1:17
There is this story of a man and his wife who were having a particular difficult disagreement. After a period of heated exchange of argument, the man literally walked out of the house in a huff, just to get away from the conflict, at least for a breathe. (By the way, it is often a very important strategy of resolving conflicts, to call a temporary time out to let emotions cool off a bit, but that should always be mutually agreed upon; it should not be a unilateral turn-trait and walk out as it was in this particular story). As the man was stomping through the woods close to his house, getting angrier with each stomp, because he was totally consumed by the injustices he felt were being foisted upon him, he suddenly had a “left-field thought” pop into his head –“What was it about your wife that drew you to her in the first place?” As he allowed that train of thought to gather momentum, his anger mysteriously began to disappear, being replaced by gratitude and appreciation for the relationship he and his wife had developed over the years. Within a fairly short time, this man completely lost his anger, totally changed his countenance towards his wife, and was eager to get back home to tell her how much he loved her, appreciated her, and to ask for forgiveness for the part he had played in the heated argument earlier. Since she could see the sincerity in his eyes, she was quick to respond and accept the apology, offered her own apology and the issue moved from one of heated argument to one of mutual agreement. “A bowl of soup with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.”
It is an amazing story which illustrates the ability that we all have to “flip the switch” on our emotions by simply changing what we are thinking about. This whole idea of gratitude and appreciation is vital to any and every relationship. The whole kind of thinking extends far beyond your mate. It extends also to your job or career, to your ministry, to your group, to your possessions, to where you live or to just about anything. You can always find something good to say about anything. Hate your job? Maybe so, but I can tell you that there are some good features about your job. Critically examine that job of yours and you will discover that you have every course to appreciate it and be grateful to God.
You may have to dig deep a little, but I promise you that you will find those two or three good things about it, focus your thoughts on them and it won’t be long before your attitude will change from that of ingratitude to gratefulness. No effort is required. Just focus on the good things and watch the right before your very eyes.
See the good in everything. There’s always something good that comes out of every life experience; every heartache, every tear. May the source of our existence, our heavenly Father, help us to remember to look for the good in those things we are not terribly fond of, and show us how to be good-finders.
A word of appreciation gives succour to our emotions.
Your appreciation of someone today will spur you to the next level.
1. Holy Spirit, open my eyes to see Your goodness in every person I encounter, in Jesus’ name.
2. Spiritual termites eating me up, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
3. Seed of ingratitude growing in my life, be uprooted by fire, in the name of Jesus.
4. My eyes, receive fire, in the name of Jesus.
5. Powers that do not want me to fulfil destiny, die, in the name of Jesus.
6. Power of my father’s house attacking my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
7. O God my Father, forgive me where I have failed to appreciate You, in Jesus’ name.
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MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
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