All this month I have been teaching on three Biblical foundations for an attitude of gratitude. I believe a thankful spirit is one of the most important attitudes of a Christ-follower.
First, it is important to get your heart and mind around the significance of God's mercy and grace through Christ Jesus.
You can be thankful that by His mercy He doesn't give us what we deserve and through His grace He lavishes us with wonderful blessings we don't deserve! If you aren't moved by that truth you will not have a capacity for gratitude.
Do live in amazement over His mercy and extravagant grace in your life?
Next, you must have fresh vision of Who Jesus is rather than Who you want Him to be. In Luke Chapter 8, you will find that He demonstrated power over four things that cause us to fear and despair. As His followers saw His power in those areas they were deeply moved by their new awareness of Who He is.
Do you need a fresh vision of Jesus in your life?
Finally, thankfulness results from the thrill of knowing you are in God's will and He can use you to change lives.
I find it amazing that a Holy and powerful God is able to use someone like me to change the eternal destiny of another person! But he can and He does!
Do know that thrill?
These are by no means the limit of things to be thankful for but I believe these to be the most basic understandings that form a foundation for an attitude of gratitude.
As you begin counting your blessings this season, those are a good place to start!