Thankfulness that lends to Faith

Faith brings a transformation to so many things. If you have faith in a vision, it may become a reality. If you have faith in the performance of your team, it may become a win. If you have faith in the system, hopefully you will see justice.
Science tells us that the caterpillar faithfully becomes a cocoon by which it transforms into a butterfly. A tadpole faithfully becomes a frog. A tree will faithfully restore its leaves come spring.
It is even so with matters of spirituality. Jesus rings the bell called faith several times throughout scripture. “If you have faith you can move mountains.” “Your faith has made you well.” “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” It isn’t unusual for Jesus to reprimand someone for “your little faith.”
Faith is mentioned over 200 times in the Bible. It is very clear that faith has tremendous bearing upon our spiritual walk. Many of you aware that faith in God plus water becomes a spiritual grave and resurrection that we call baptism. Faith highlights the communion experience of a cracker and grape juice whereby we are part of the crucifixion scene of Jesus. Faith with the giving of charity lends to God’s response in empowering us with more.
Did you know that an ungrateful heart can lean towards reducing faith? Listen to Romans 1:21 “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
Then follow this thought with Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
So therefore, a grateful heart would contribute to your faith. In Luke 17:11-19 is the story of ten lepers asking Jesus for a healing. Jesus promptly healed them and urged them to go show themselves to the high priest so that they could return to a normal life. One man (gentile-not Jewish) returned to Jesus to say, “Thank you.” Jesus noticed the absence of the other nine and then responded to the one, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.”


I would urge you this season to seek a grateful heart, whereby your faith will grow further.


Happy Thanksgiving. C U Sunday.