Devotionals, personal development, self help

Giving the gift of appreciation


Give the Gift of Appreciation – It Heals

Written by Mark Virkler

How to Be Emotionally Free! 

Thanksgiving is a time to remember to be grateful.

How much healing do you think you need for your spirit, soul and body?

The Bible Commands an Attitude of Thankfulness

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” (Col. 3:15-17 NASB).

“Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;” (Eph. 5:20 NASB). “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18 NASB)

Not only does thankfulness bring health to your heart, it also releases the provision of God into your life. When Paul and Silas were in a tight spot (i.e. had been thrown in prison – Acts 16:23), their response was that at midnight they were “praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” Wow! Thankfulness in the midst of unjust treatment. Look what this provided: release, freedom, supernatural intervention, and salvation of the heathen (Acts 16:24)!

So thankfulness not only heals your heart, it also warms God’s heart as He sees that we love and trust Him and call upon Him in faith and belief when the forces of evil appear stacked against us. This brings Him to our side to minister supernatural grace to us.

A Wound in Our Souls Is Healed When Thankfulness Flows…

People ask, “How can I know for sure that I have forgiven them (or God or myself) from my heart?”

A hurt is healed when I can see the gifts God has produced in my life through the experience.

Since God causes all things to work out for good (Rom. 8:28), I ask God to show me all the good things He has brought forth through this experience, and I journal out His response to me. I then post this list at eye level, so every day I can say, “God, I thank you for these wonderful gifts you have produced as a result of walking with me through this experience.”

This thankfulness in my heart and soul releases me to receive God’s healing power in my life and opens the path for restoration. Now healing power can flow unhindered into my life and being. Now I can experience healing in my spirit, soul and body. Now my blockages of anger, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness and judgment have been removed through a heart of thankfulness, because NOW I am LOOKING ONLY at the gifts God has produced in my life through the experience.

Here is God’s warning from Scripture concerning neglecting joy and gladness and the ways it cuts one off from the flow of God’s grace:

“Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in the lack of all things; and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you. (Deut. 28:47-48)

So every morning and evening we thank and praise the LORD (1Chron. 23:30; 16:4; Ps. 28:7; 54:6-7; 86:12,13; 145:10; Matt. 15:36; Lk. 17:15-19; 2 Cor. 2:14; Heb. 13:15; Rev. 4:9; 11:17)!

Prayer: Lord, may I never grumble or live discouraged, but may I strengthen myself in Your Spirit, always giving thanks in and for all things so that I might glorify You, and Your power, provision and healing might be released in my life.

 

Daily Exercises in Thankfulness

Thank God for the wonderful day.
Thank and appreciate those around you.
Thank God for His blessings in your life.
At the end of the day, ask yourself, “How do I feel?”

 

Additional Resources

A Greateful Heart is a Healing Heart – blog exploring heart coherence in more depth

Counseled By God is a training package which will restore faith, hope and love to your heart and soul so that you can live in a positive mentality, and with thankfulness in your heart to the Lord.

Counseled By God can also be taken as a CLU college course which ensures that you fully internalize the truths and are transformed by them.

Go Deeper – Get Healthy!

Check out this entire blog series on Vibrant Health!

Working through this series on health is ideal for both individuals and groups. The more we take responsibility for ourselves – spirit, soul and body – the healthier we become!

 

Here is another article on 5 Ways To Give The Gift Of Appreciation by Huffington Post

 

 

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