Psalm 50:8-15, 23
Here God is not speaking against sacrifice; it's about doing so in a religious manner.
- God has made us priests in the order of Melchizedek.
Sacrifice was there throughout history Cain & Abel, Noah, patriarchs.
- Everywhere there is a spirit of sacrifice there is knowledge of God, there's passion.
- Offer to God what costs you. It is not a gift, its brokenness. Do not grow weary in doing good.
Every church of priests is powerful.
- Power is always given for service. If you want the highest power, serve as a slave.
- A generous church is a powerful church.
It's about your attitude not about the size of your sacrifice.
Two types of sacrifices
1. Burnt offering: sacrifice seeking for the favour of God
2. Thanksgiving: peace (shalom) - sacrifice bound to relationship
Service based on what God has done for us.
- With optimism (positive thinking) we can get to a certain level but not the extent God wants us to be.
- We need gratitude to take us to the next level
- In everything give thanks, for it is the will of God for you.
Two important things to know about gratitude
1. Don't kill your history with God
- Remain grateful day and night in all circumstances.
- Bitterness kills this history.
- The joy of the Lord is our strength. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Our joy is not of this world.
- God ordained festivals with the purpose that His history with the Israelites would not be killed.
- You must always be in awe of what God has done for you.
- Spirit of gratitude will give you hope (anticipation). It will make you see doors in the midst of darkness
- All God has done in the past is a setup for what He wants to do in the future.
- Don't let what's going on in the present to kill your history.
- We are supposed to see Christ even in darkness. Even in the darkest night we need to have eyes which are enlightened. David arrived in a camp of war. Where others were seeing a giant he saw a door.
- Spirit of gratitude will make you enter where you were not meant to be. It will make you solve problems
- God chose David because his entire life was based on thanksgiving.
- Gideon had a spirit of gratitude. Even though what was expected of him was beyond him he saw a door.
- Thanksgiving always comes with fulfilling your vows.
- Elijah was fed in the midst of a famine.
- The anointing is your capital for the future. Take care of what God has given to you.
2. [To be continued]