Sermon Notes Pastor Jason 11.24.19- The Practice of Gratitude
How many people would consider yourselves to be consistently thankful?
How many here know you should be more thankful?
How many have to remind yourself to say thank you?
How thankful are we as a church, God’s people? And how thankful are you as an individual?
Thankfulness is more than just a day; it is a lifestyle.
1. Position of gratitude– Jesus meets us in our sin and will continue to meet us in our condition. We can count on it.
- Salvation finds us at our worst.
- Most of us look through the lens of what we wish would happen or what we don’t have- Human nature.
- This man is lying near this pool hoping to get in the water to be healed.
- God sometimes shows up in ways we don’t expect. That is why you have to keep hope alive.
- John 5:5- Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity for thirty-eight years.
- This was his Conditioned identity. This is all he knows.
- Jesus shows up for him in Bethesda.
- Bethesda is known as the house of mercy.
- We have all been conditioned in some way by; the home we grew up in, perception, experience, or taken on someone else’s narrative (story) and their interpretation of life.
A. v6- Jesus knows the man’s condition and still seeks him out.
- Jesus did not go after everyone in the pool. This was personal.
- He showed up as the answer for this man!
- This is what salvation looks like.
- This is the main reason to be thankful- Jesus shows up in our sinful condition and state.
Do you remember where you came from? Share and give God glory.
B. For the rest of your life Jesus will show up in whatever area is lame or broken.
- For this man it was physical, for some of us it may be; physical, emotional, financial, attitude, perspective, bitterness, hatred, sexual sin or family issues.
- When we have been conditioned by something for so long, it is all we see and we can’t see a way out of it.
- All of these things cause us to become lame, unable to move forward in that area.
What has conditioned you?
How does Jesus show up?
- Jesus asks the man a question: it seems simple.
- Jesus asks him an internal question, but the man gives him an external reason.
- Jesus asked him IF he wanted to be made well, not WHY he wasn’t well. The man answered with why.
- Do you want to be made well?
- You have been talking about what happened to you for 20 years.
- You have been talking about what you didn’t get for years.
- You have been looking at the problem for years…
- But do you REALLY want to be made well?
- Sometimes the only thing we can see is the problem and why it can’t be made well.
- This is one of the reasons we are not thankful.
The story of the father and his son. He didn’t want to, but when he almost lost him, his whole perspective changed.
- True gratitude begins in the place of heartfelt thanks.
- Sometimes we don’t get what we desire.
- Being thankful is an internal decision, not based on circumstance. It is a choice. It is a perspective shift.
Do you want to be thankful? Do you want to live a life of thanksgiving?
2. The power of gratitude– Gratitude reveals the condition of our soul. Thanksgiving does something on the inside.
Luke 17:11-19- The parable to the ten lepers:
- Can you imagine what that would have been like? To be an outcast and to be shunned from the ones you love.
- They were obedient. They were following orders. They were going back to family and society.
- However, this Samaritan returns to the Source of his thanksgiving.
- v19- “Made well”- Sozo– healing of the entire being- spirit, soul and body.
There have been seasons I felt entitled as a Christian. It is impossible to be both entitled and thankful.
Have you ever been an entitled Christian? What does this even mean?
I spent years hostage to something I thought I deserved as a Christian. In doing so I actually undercut God’s faithfulness to me.
Being thankful positions us for freedom and wholeness inside
Are you being held hostage by something you think you deserve as a Christian?
You can be healed without experiencing wholeness.
But you can also experience wholeness without being healed.
What does this mean?
Life may not be perfect, but you can be whole.
- Single and unmarried.
- Married but no children.
- Faithful as a Christian without accomplishing a “great thing.”
We can’t live entitled, we have to live thankful.
Gratitude is our responsibility in partnering with hope.
1 Thes. 5:16-18 NIV:“Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
How often do you practice being thankful for what you have?
How would your life change if you saw everything through the lens of thanksgiving?
What if thank you became consistent words out of your mouth?
Take the cards. Write three things you are thankful for, now three more, now three more…
John 5:1-9 NKJV After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, [a]Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, [b]paralyzed, [c]waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
And that day was the Sabbath.
Luke 17:11-19 NKJV 11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
1 Thes. 5:16-18 NIV 16 Rejoice always, 17pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.