Cultivate Thankfulness

Genesis 2:9a “The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.”

Genesis 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.

In the video below (scroll down), I taught on how we can cultivate a heart of thankfulness. In the beginning of the teaching, I opened with these two verses seen above.

(This devotional is part 4 of a four week series I did on how to Intentionally live in God’s presence).

Adam and Eve had all their needs met in the garden. Everything they needed was theirs. God abundantly provided for them. Even though this was their reality, when the serpent came and tempted Eve, he got her to focus on the one thing she couldn’t have- the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 3:6 teaches us that Eve saw that the tree was “good for food and pleasing to the eye.”But, in Genesis 2:9, we learn that God already gave them all kinds of trees that were “good for food and pleasing to the eye.”

Eve, in the midst of her temptation, also saw that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was “desirable for gaining wisdom.” But when we look at scripture we learn that Adam and Eve were in complete, uninterrupted communion with God- they had access to wisdom because they had access to God.

The serpent in his lies and deception, got Eve to focus on the one thing she couldn’t have, while forgetting all the blessings God already gave her and her husband.

Interesting lesson, isn’t it?

Well, I know for a fact, we still fall into this trap today.

When we focus on what we don’t have, we forget all the other good things God has given us. We forget about His gift of salvation, the sacrifice of Christ, the life we have in Him, and the fact that He is with us in every moment. We forget all the blessings He has given us- food, shelter, and clothing.

In our world of more and never enough, we can easily slip into the enemies schemes and become distracted from all the good things God has given us. But when we know who our God is and we know who our enemy is, we can recognize the truth from the lies. When we hear the lies of discontentment, envy, or jealously for what we don’t have, we can reject those thoughts because we know that those are tools from the enemy of our soul who is trying to keep us from living in the presence of God.

Thankfulness- its an easy weapon to use against the enemy, but it takes practice and discipline. Make a choice today to choose to be thankful. Once you do, it will transform your perspective to see all the good gifts God has given you. Your eyes will be opened to see the presence of God that’s already with you as a believer in Jesus Christ.