2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NLT)
1 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.
2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.
3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.
4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.
5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
2 Timothy 3:2 (NLT)
2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful.
SERMON TITLE: THE FORGOTTEN VIRTUE: GRATITUDE.
Luke 17:11-13 (NLT)
11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria.
12 As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance,
13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
Luke 17:14 (NLT)
14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
Luke 17:15-18 (NLT)
15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!”
16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?
18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
THE FIRST UNGRATEFUL MINDSET SAYS: I WANT IT NOW!
Luke 15:11-12 (NLT)
11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons.
12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
THE SECOND UNGRATEFUL MINDSET: I DESERVE MORE!
Luke 15:29 (NLT2)
29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends.
TYPES OF UNGRATEFULNESS:
MATERIAL OR FINANCIAL UNGRATEFULNESS
HOW DO WE CULTIVATE A GRATEFUL HEART?
DECIDE TO TURN BLESSINGS INTO PRAISE
EVERY BLESSING I DON'T TURN BACK TO PRAISE TURNS INTO PRIDE.
Philippians 4:11-13 (NLT2)
11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.
12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.
13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Ecclesiastes 6:9 (NLT)
9 Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.