At this time, the Lord is training His beloved to be clothed in gratitude and humility. When faced with trials, we have to decide whether we will trust in the Lord and give thanks for all that He has given us, or alternatively, we can choose to complain and grumble.
As the Israelites wandered through the wilderness, they put thankfulness and humility far from their hearts. Instead, they grumbled and tested God's patience by not placing their trust in the One and only true living God.
Gratitude stems from a deep appreciation and brings glory to God. Gratitude for what we have and all that He has done is a show of humility while we await a breakthrough with all that we need. This is an essential part of the work God is doing in us. Gratitude is when we can truly rest in thankfulness despite the trials we face, and this is where the Lord Jesus desires us to be. If only the Israelites had glorified God for freeing them from captivity and trusted that He would follow through with all the promises He had given them. Can you relate to this today?
God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Likewise, we also have been filled with; joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We hinder the flow of the Holy Spirit when we give way to the flesh. The spirit and flesh are at war with each other, so crucifying the flesh is the only way we can move freely in the spirit.
Patiently trusting God puts God in His rightful position in our lives because when we try to ammend our situation with our own hand, we are actually putting ourselves in God's position. Humility places God on His throne and you at His feet, knowing that you are completely powerless without Him and completely strengthened in Him.
Lord, thank You for all that You are accomplishing in and through us at this time. We also trust You in all areas of our life where we are awaiting a breakthrough.
Galatians 5:22-24 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires."
1 Peter 5:5 "Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Colossians 3:12 "Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive."
Romans 5: 3-5 "Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."
-- By Judah Ayling