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Developing a Gratitude Attitude

Developing a Gratitude Attitude


KENNETH: Hello, everybody.
Welcome to the Believers Voice of Victory broadcast.
Father, thank you today. We receive revelation
from heaven concerning this life of faith and we ask you to help
us today as we go to your word and as we develop a life of
thanksgiving and gratitude. Developing an attitude of
gratitude. And we thank you for it today and we praise you in
Jesus name. Amen. GLORIA: Amen. KENNETH: Glory to God. We’re
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland. Let me remind you today to download
the free study notes. downloads on the notes, on the
subject of prosperity alone. I’ve never asked for a count of
the others, about ones that we’ve done together and the ones
that I’ve done, so forth. But this is vital stuff. This is
strong. Because we expect you to use these. And I was noticing a
video clip of one of our partners and she was talking
about the fact that, excuse me. She applied for a job that she
absolutely knew nothing about. No training, no background for
it. Nothing. And she just depended on the spirit of God,
so she went to her notes on prosperity and she had them in a
book. Just had this whole stack of them. And she went through
the scriptures and went through the scripture and went
down there and got that job. And really, really good job, very
important job in her area, with the local police department, and
just an outstanding position. now she’s become an important
part of the police department there. And there the downloads
were. The outlines. All the scriptures and comments and so
forth that were made. GLORIA: She did exactly the right thing.
Now, in past history, people haven’t always had downloads
available. But she got faith. She got the downloads, the easy
thing that generations before us didn’t have. And she studied
them. Now we, Ken and I did that, but we had to dig a little
deeper. KENNETH: Do you remember, I know you do- GLORIA:
Because we were pretty much- KENNETH: Brother Hagen had this,
he called it the blue book. And all it was was a blue file
folder, with the bend over tabs. Mimeographed pages. You kids
don’t even know what a mimeograph is. It’s a very
sloppy way of printing stuff. But it worked anyway. And we
would call that today our downloads. So there it was and
we listened to the tapes and there it was, we could study it.
And when I first began, those were my preaching outlines until
I learned how to do it for myself, praise God. Amen. All
right. GLORIA: And we got by, didn’t we? KENNETH: Yeah, we
did. I’ll tell you how to become very, very strong and very, very
healthy, and very, very wealthy. Find out exactly what God wants
you to do and do it for 50 years without deviating. I guarantee
you you’ll have a big house, too. Praise God. Amen and
everything else. It is a desire of your heart, Glory to God.
GLORIA: I’d like for you to show the little house Ken and I
started out- KENNETH: No, you don’t want … GLORIA: Well,
it’s impossible or I wouldn’t bring it up. Started out in in
Tulsa. KENNETH: Oh my goodness. GLORIA: I’ve told this before,
you’ve probably heard me. But it was a time when we went to
Tulsa, Ken was going to study at ORU and go see Brother Roberts
meetings. So we got serious about the word, because we
didn’t have any money. KENNETH: She didn’t want to move into it.
GLORIA: We got really serious. KENNETH: She didn’t unpack for
about three days. GLORIA: That’s right. Maybe a week. KENNETH:
Paper was peeling off the walls. GLORIA: Oh, it was bad. KENNETH:
It was pitiful. GLORIA: But the most humiliating thing was we
didn’t even have a bed. We had to rent a rollaway bed. KENNETH:
Let’s get into, you know. Thank you, lord. GLORIA: But you don’t
know how many people out there are sleeping on a rollaway bed.
This is important. KENNETH: Thanksgiving and praise will get
you off of it. Okay. Let us go to our golden text for this
study on developing a gratitude, a life of gratitude and
thanksgiving. From Romans chapter one, verse 21. “Because
that when they knew God, they glorified him not as God,
neither were thankful, but became vain in their
imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened.” GLORIA:
Their foolish heart was darkened. KENNETH: You get over
on a foolish heart, a darkened heart is full of fear. It says
they knew God. They knew God. But they didn’t have their
hearts and minds on him. They were not thankful at all. And
they’re moving on the griping, complaining. “I don’t have
enough. I don’t have anything.” And they obviously were getting
exactly what they said. Now, Gloria … Let’s go ahead and
read Philippians 4:6 once more. “Be careful for nothing. But in
everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving,
let your request be made known to God.” KENNETH: Yesterday I
read from the classic amplified. Don’t be anxious or fret about
anything. About anything. Nothing. Anything. GLORIA: It
seems to me that one of the translations says continue.
KENNETH: Well, yeah. That’s the classic amplified. You continue.
GLORIA: Don’t quit. Don’t give up. Don’t let the devil talk you
out of it. KENNETH: And by thanksgiving and praise, you’re
continuing to let your wants be made known to God. GLORIA: Don’t
let go of your faith. KENNETH: And as you continue and praise,
you know what happens to you? The joy of the Lord. Now, the
dark side has no joy. But the joy of the lord is just
strength, as you and I were talking last night. The joy of
the lord is the strength. If you’re weak, if you’re
physically weak, you’re low on joy. Now, joy works when
everything else is just falling apart. So when you begin to
praise, count it all joy, James said. When you fall into
temptations, testings, and trials. You count it joy. So how
do you do that? Well, this is another opportunity to praise
God. It’s another opportunity to prove that faith works. It’s
another opportunity to give him praise, praise God right in the
middle of this whole mess, Glory to God. GLORIA: Amen. KENNETH:
Just praise him. And be grateful for what you have. “But Brother
Copeland, I don’t have anything.” Well, I think it’s
time for you to become grateful. So you will have things. GLORIA:
Amen. KENNETH: Now, I want to go over here. GLORIA: Can I tell
them what we had in Tulsa? KENNETH: No. Let’s go over to-
GLORIA: They’re probably much better off than we were.
KENNETH: No doubt about it. Deuteronomy 28. I want you to
turn there and look at this. Verse 43. Now, I want to … Do
you know that most Christian people, the majority of
Christian people, you would ask them, “Are you redeemed?” “Oh
yes, Glory to God.” From what? “I don’t know, sin?” That’s
really, you can wind up saying that. The truth is the bible
says we have been redeemed from the curse of the law. GLORIA:
Oh, praise God. KENNETH: And it deals with sin. But it also
being redeemed from the curse, we have inherited the blessing
of Abraham. Now, I want you to look. This is over in the curse.
“All your trees of fruit in your land shall the locusts consume.
The stranger that is within the shall get up above thee very
high and thou shall come down very low. He will lend to thee
and you will not lend to him.” Can you see where debt is a
curse? Born again, Holy Ghost baptized, prosperity believing
Christians ought to be out of debt, Glory to God. Amen. And in
a position tells you to give something, you don’t have to go
ask the bank if you can sow it. Praise God, it belongs to you.
Amen. KENNETH: Now notice this, “Moreover, all these curses
shall come upon thee and shall pursue thee and overtake the
till you’re destroyed. Because you harken not, because you
didn’t listen to the voice of the lord God to keep his
commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee. And
these curses shall be upon thee for a sign and a wonder upon thy
seed forever because, here it is, you served not the lord thy
God with joyfulness and gladness of heart,” wouldn’t that be a
heart of thanksgiving? A heart of gladness for the abundance of
all things. GLORIA: Praise God. KENNETH: Now someone said,
‘Yeah, but I don’t have all things.” Yeah, you do. Yes you
do. In Christ Jesus, you do. You have a very bold statement in
the bible. My God shall supply all your needs according to his
riches and Glory by Christ Jesus, hallelujah. Now, whether
or not you’ve received it, that’s another issue. That’s a
faith issue here. But you get over becoming grateful. GLORIA:
Yes, amen. KENNETH: And when I saw that and the lord began to
talk to me, we were in an area a number of years ago, not too
many years ago, of we had some financial issues and I went
before the lord. With the first chapter of the book of Isaiah.
If you be willing and obedient, you eat the good of the land. He
said, “You don’t qualify for that.” I said, “Okay.” He said,
“You’ve been obedient where daily television is concerned,
but you were not willing.” Well, he was right. The problem was I
never did correct it. And I was so exhausted and so tired that
when we heard those words to go on a daily broadcast and I
thought, “Well, I’ll ask my spiritual father Oral Roberts,
he’s done it, what he says about it.” He said, “Kenneth, the only
thing I can tell you, it is so daily.” KENNETH: Well, that
wasn’t what I wanted to hear. But I didn’t do what I’m
preaching to you now. We were very successful on the weekly
broadcast and I was very grateful for that. But instead
of being grateful for that and saying, “Well, father, you know
the kind of condition that I’m in. But if it’s what you want, I
give you praise for it and I can do all things with Christ who
strengthens me. Praise God. I can do these things.” No, I
didn’t do that. We were in Australia when the lord said
that to us. Man, I was sitting up there in that 747 and I
begged and argued and pleaded all 13 hours from Sydney to Los
Angeles. And I griped and complained and begged, and …
GLORIA: And I rode with him. Thank God. KENNETH: But instead
of repenting of that, instead of praising God, here I got into
this. And I didn’t want to do it and I said I didn’t want to do
it, and I just … The only time I’d smile is right before they
turned that camera on. And he said, “You haven’t had a good
thing to say about daily television all this time.” I
said, “Well, I’ll tell you what, sir. I love daily television. I
love it, Glory to God. I love it.” I didn’t feel any better
than I did before. GLORIA: Changed your attitude. KENNETH:
But the first broadcast I did after I said that, and I’ll tell
you what, I love it, man. I enjoy it. The first broadcast I
did, and I said it on the air, “I love doing daily television.”
And the anointing of God and the joy of the lord hit me and I got
up and danced around the table. Some of you may have seen that
broadcast. I danced around the table. Because hey, I love this.
And it wasn’t a burden anymore. And it stopped this. So I began
to insert it in other scriptures. KENNETH: You
remember over in the book of Exodus where he said, “You shall
serve the lord your God and the angel will bless your bread and
water and I’ll take sickness from the midst of you and the
length of your days, I’ll fulfill”? So I just wrote it
right in there. “And you will serve the lord your God with
joyfulness and gladness of heart, and your anger will bless
your bread and water, and I’ll take sickness form the midst of
you and fulfill your 120 years.” Isn’t that better? Isn’t that a
lot better? KENNETH: Well, by not being thankful and not
having a grateful heart, I was aggravating the problem that I
was having that came in my back. I was aggravating that. And it
was causing me trouble and agitating it. After doing
broadcasts with Dr. Avery Jackson, neurosurgeon, and he’s
talking about when you’re not thankful, and so did Caroline
Leaf and her study of the brain. If you’re not thankful, you
actually damage your brain. You create brain damage and affect
your own DNA. Well, you’re certainly going to affect
everybody around you, because nobody wants to be around a
person like that. But even when you’re momentarily all that up
and all that kind of thing, but you’re in pain at the same time,
and that chronic pain is working on you, well I was aggravating
that. GLORIA: It tends to shorten your fuse. KENNETH:
Yeah. And your life. GLORIA: And your life. KENNETH: It’ll
shorten your life. Now, let’s go to Psalm 207. The 107th psalm.
This, and I was reading these, and going through looking at the
praise and worship scriptures. And the lord showed me something
here that I’d never seen before. Now look at verse one and two.
“Oh, give thanks unto the lord, for he is good.” Now if you
don’t have anything else to praise for, you can praise God
for that. He is good. GLORIA: He is good. KENNETH: And he’s good
all the time. He is never bad. He’s never hurt anybody. He
loves you so much. That’s the reason he put all this just
verse after verse after verse after verse, praise God. Praise
God. Oh, that men would praise the lord for his goodness and
for his wonderful works to the children of men, for he
satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with
goodness. Glory to God. Hey, isn’t that good? And he just
kept putting that all over the bible. So if we get in that, we
get healthy. And as you praise and create an attitude of
gratitude and thanksgiving, you get over on the light side
instead of the dark side. GLORIA: That’s right. KENNETH:
Like Gloria said, you just do it all the time. And by doing so,
you’re continuing to make your wants known to God. In other
words, I have need of something. So I go to the scripture, I find
it promises it to me. And I believe I receive it. That
settles it. I want to thank you for it. I just want to thank you
and glorify your name. GLORIA: Amen. KENNETH: I had a
situation. It didn’t seem like it was a bad thing. It was just
a callous from a pair of workout shoes that didn’t fit. And that
thing got right under my little toe on my right foot and just,
no. No, no, no, no. GLORIA: Did you say, “That’s my toe”?
KENNETH: And this thing has been there for several years. And I
just stood on the word of God and just believed God and just
kept confessing it and praising God and thanking him for it. And
just thanking him for it and thanking him for it. And I had
another one here on my thumb that came on there because of a
certain flight simulator that I was having to train in all the
time and put a big old callous on my thumb. And I just recently
noticed. I noticed this one had gone off of my thumb about six
months ago. Just gone. Been there for years. Years.
Y-E-A-R-S. Years. And I noticed in just the last few days, that
one on my right foot, I got up and went into the bathroom
without my right house shoe on, because I’d get up in the middle
of the night, I’d just put the right one on and go on in there
on that tile floor. And I noticed, hey, that thing didn’t
hurt anywhere near like it used to. So I just walked around
yesterday without that shoe on and it didn’t hurt my right
foot. Glory to God. Continue praising. Continue worshiping.
Come on. Come on, give him praise. Just worship him and
praise him and thank him for it, hallelujah. I noticed this-
GLORIA: You know, I’ve been thinking recently about this
fact. When you begin to, in financial things or if you need
a car or whatever, something like that, you’ve got to have
money to get it. Or somebody to give it to you. And we always,
we’ve said because we sell the scripture not to borrow money,
and we didn’t have any money, it was a little tight squeeze
there. But you know what, when we stood on that, and of course,
we’re tithers and sowers, we got cars. We got … And then we
graduated on up. Airplanes. And then jets. Houses. You know,
faith will get you anything. If it’s faith. Real faith comes
from putting your eyes on the word, getting it down in your
heart, letting it live there where it talks to you and acting
on it. And if you got real faith, you can receive anything
from the lord that’s good. KENNETH: Long as you’re
grateful. Long as you have a grateful, praising heart.
GLORIA: If you were not believing, you wouldn’t have a
grateful heart. You’d just gripe and bellyache and carry on. I’ve
been believing for this thing for so many years… That is not
grateful. KENNETH: No. That goes over on the dark side. And we’re
out of time. GLORIA: Really? KENNETH: Where did it? Tim, are
you sure? ANNOUNCER: We hope you enjoyed
today’s teaching from Kenneth Copeland Ministries, and
remember Jesus is Lord.

12 comments on “Developing a Gratitude Attitude

  1. If you read the book of Daniel in the old testament I think it's chapter 12 it says knowledge will increase in the last days I believe that downloading study notes is a small part of that scripture being fulfilled.

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