Kingdomnomics

Appreciate Anything

November 28, 2021

Kingdomnomics 101: God owns all. 

Kingdomnomics 201: Steward everything. 

Kingdomnomics 301: Do something. 

Kingdomnomics 401: Appreciate anything.

Kingdomnomics 401 says: You are only as rich as you thank.

They knew God, but they did not give glory to God or thank him. Their thinking became useless. Their foolish minds were filled with darkness. They said they were wise, but they became fools. They traded the glory of God who lives forever for the worship of idols…

First observation: when our thanking ceases, our thinking decreases.
Second observation: if you thank God less, you will inevitably think of god-substitutes more.

Always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Christ. (Ephesians 5:20) Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6 NLT)

We don’t thank because we don’t think.

Thanksgiving decreases entitlement.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. (1 Timothy 6:6-8)

Don’t be deceived my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father… (James 1:16-17)

Thanksgiving increases enjoyment.

When God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 5:19)

Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.
(1 Timothy 6:17 NLT)

Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. (1 Timothy 4:4 NLT)
The more grateful you are, the more joyful you will be with what you have. That means we need to be very careful with “there/then” thinking < “here/now” thanking.
Enjoy what you have instead of desiring what you don’t have. (Ecclesiastes 6:9 NLT) Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift. (2 Corinthians 9:15)

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