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Original post @ https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2021/11/25/the-consequences-of-an-unthankful-heart/
The Consequences of an Unthankful Heart
November 25, 2021 by SLIMJIM
There’s a lot of discussions of root causes these days in politics, society, etc.
I think the root cause for many ills are spiritual.
It’s the lack of thanksgiving to God.
This is what the Bible teaches.
Hear Romans 1:21-27
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their reasoning’s, and their senseless hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and they exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible mankind, of birds, four-footed animals, and crawling creatures. 24 Therefore God gave them up to vile impurity in the lusts of their hearts, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Root Cause identified: “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks,” (v.21a)
The Result of lack of thanksgiving to God we can group here under 5 Cs:
Cynically foolish: “but they becamefutile in their reasoning’s, and their senseless hearts were darkened 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,” (v.21b-22)
Creatures being worshipped (Idolatry): “and they exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible mankind, of birds, four-footed animals, and crawling creatures” (v.23)
Continual unsatisfying sinful desires: “Therefore God gave them up to vile impurity in the lustsof their hearts, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them” (v.24)
Chained (enslaved) to what one makes as an idol: “For they exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (v.25)
Corrupted sexuality: “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged natural relations for that which is contrary to nature, 27 and likewise the men, too, abandoned natural relations with women and burned in their desire toward one another, males with males committing shameful acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.“
When I read Romans 1, I can’t help but to see the state of the world today.
We can feel so hopeless. But one of the most underappreciated means of changing the world is with family and relationships through the church. Start by praying with others with what they are thankful for. Better yet teach thanksgiving biblically; feel free to use my “The Struggle of Thanking God” and add and modify it to make it your own to go over a topical lesson with somebody!
Knowing how serious an unthankful heart is, yet what can we be thankful to God for? Life. Forgiveness from God and more importantly the path to eternal life available by trusting in Jesus Christ! Have you trusted in Jesus as your Savior and Lord? Have you believed in Jesus who died for those who trust in Him, to save them from the penalty they deserve because of their sins? Will you be those who are saved as well, by trusting in Jesus? Thank God we can be saved!
P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !! If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ?? Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.com
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
You say you are a “born again” believer… BUT is your soul “ON FIRE” for the Lord ?? If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/
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GREAT lesson and oh so true!! Thanks for reposting, Bruce!! 👍💗✝📖🕊😇