Having a Spirit Gratitude.

p.s: This is story is fictional. Unfortunately, ungratefulness is not. God rejoices over those who have a spirit of gratitude because it He who sees us through the storms of life.

A lady who had been going through so many struggles asked for prayers. She really needed a breakthrough and women in her church came around her, standing with her and cried out to God for favor and a mighty blessing. A week later, the calls were made. Not only had her prayers been answered but God had gone a step further and caused her creditor take months off her debt and all back charges were wiped clean. Her debt had been forgiven for the next few months! Hallelujah! She was soaring high with praise and she testified to anyone who listened but quickly forgot her breakthrough was not because of her but God. She didn’t want to share the spotlight with those who had stood beside her in prayer not just in public, but in the privacy of their own homes. Whenever the women would start rejoicing with her she’d say, ‘It goes to show you if you tithe, are obedient and don’t stop praying for your breakthrough God will show up. I’m faithful in my tithing and because of that God has blessed me. So many people don’t tithe and that’s why they struggle’.

How soon she had forgotten it was Gods hand that had seen her through. How soon she had forgotten God had given her women to stand with her in prayer. She made it seem like it was her prayers and good works that led her to her victory. Oh, how soon she had forgotten the pit she had been in and condemned those who were struggling and were desperate for a miracle. The women, who had prayed for her watched quietly, saddened by how quickly the blessing had been tarnished by pride and self-praise. She would tell people who came to her for prayers, ‘if you are a tither God will bless you too’. While tithing opens doors to blessings, she lacked wisdom because those she condemned might have been tithers too.

John 9:2-3 While He was passing by, He noticed a man [who had been] blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi (Teacher), who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “neither this man nor his parents sinned, but it was so that the works of God might be displayed and illustrated in him.’

No one should ever judge another struggles and say it is because they do not tithe or say it is because they have sin. We don’t know what is behind the scenes but God knows and just as Jesus said, Gods might, will be displayed and illustrated in peoples struggles.  Having received mercy and grace, she should have extended mercy and grace and prayed for God to show up in their struggles as He had shown up in hers. Maybe someone had sinned or squandered money and that is why they are in debt, but even then, only God reserves the right to judge them or show them mercy. We should be sympathetic and pray for one another. We should remember the things God has seen us through and not feel entitled to pass judgement. If one has sin in their lives, we should pray for Gods mercy, we should ask the Holy Spirit to touch that person and help them overcome their sin.

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Unfortunately, the lady found herself in the same boat she had been in: debt. She was frustrated and did not understand what had happened. Should people assume she had squandered money that led her to being in debt again? No. Should they have accused of having sin? No. Instead of seeking the source of her dilemma, she blamed the women who had interceded on her behalf. She stated they had prayed for things she had not asked for. They had asked God for mercy, for a miraculous breakthrough and in one accord declared she would not lose her property. How tragic and heart breaking she not sought forgiveness but dished out judgment. How many have made the same or similar mistake this lady made? What lessons do we all learn from such behavior and how do we stop? The Holy Spirit is amazing in guiding our steps. When the enemy comes to plant seeds of pride, the Holy Spirit is there to help you not fall victim to the devils schemes. The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10) and even though he didn’t succeed in stealing the woman’s breakthrough, he planted seeds of pride, condemnation and self-praise. There was an open door and the seeds took root landing her back in the same place she had been.

When God gives you a breakthrough praise Him and keep praising Him even when the enemy comes and tries to steal your breakthrough. Do not take credit for the blessings. It ALL belongs to God. Do not condemn those who are struggling and need a breakthrough. Pray for them. Do not glorify yourself. Only God deserves ALL the glory. Give credit where credit is due and thank God for those who come alongside you in agreement for blessings. When trials come, seek God for guidance and He will be your covering. When He blesses you, praise him, be humble and ask God who you can pray for or bless. Money isn’t the only way to bless others, praying, helping anyway you can are ways you can be a blessing as well. Don’t stop reading the word and pray even more. And, always remember, it is God who opens doors and pours out blessings. It is God and God alone who sees us through and when He uses people to stand with us, we should allow them to rejoice with us.

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