The Law of Gratitude
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There’s no one like Him.
July 13th, 1994:
Dr. Murdock was awakened to the most awesome anointing, a Presence, a person.
He thought maybe his Dad had gone on Home to be with The Lord and he was receiving his father’s mantle that he had asked for in an Elijah-like way.
There was an indescribable desire to pray.
There was joy there too.
Then he thought, No…there wouldn’t be this joy, there’d be a sadness if his father had died…
Maybe it’s someone praying for him, as he always used to ask people that whenever they saw a bag of M&M’s–in a store, or where ever–just to drop to their knees and call out his name in prayer….
Everyone wants a “turning point”, a “burning bush” moment…
Dr. Murdock went downstairs, and to his building next door, into his secret place. There were altars from a Baptist church nearby in that room, and Dr. Murdock prayed and prayed, and went into the most supernatural lifestyle encounter, and he began to cry with joy, “This is what You wanted us to know.
This was what Jesus was talking about when he said,
John 14:16-18 (NKJV)
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
And Dr. Murdock fell in love with the Person of the Holy Spirit.
He is the One who brings us to Jesus.
He is the One who connects us with the Nature of Jesus–the Character of God in us.
He is the One who is almost like the “midwife”
giving birth to the new Nature, the God Nature in us.
In Dr. Murdock’s life , the Holy Spirit is so real–so tangible–
that there’s really no way to describe how impactful He is in his life.
Before this encounter, Dr. Murdock never had written songs to the Holy Spirit,
maybe one (“Spirit of Wisdom, rest on me…teach me, teach me teach me…”).
The most important Person in my life is the Holy Spirit.
He’s easily offended, easily agitated. There’s so much to Him.
He is the Person that decided my assignment on the earth
Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV)
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
He’s the One in Acts 8 Who decides whom you’re assigned to.
Acts 8:29, 39 (NKJV)
Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”… Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.
In Acts 13, the Holy Spirit is the One who knows where you’ll flourish geographically.
Acts 13:2-4 (NKJV)
As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
He’s the One who created humans.
Job 33:4 (NKJV)
The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Job 26:13 (NKJV)
By His Spirit He adorned the heavens; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
John 15:26 (AMP)
But when the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who comes (proceeds) from the Father, He [Himself] will testify regarding Me.
Ephesians 1:17 (KJV)
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him….
Isaiah 11:1-2 (KJV)
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord….
We’ve been talking about the  Laws of Life
Tonight, our focus is:
The Law of Gratitude
The first sin ever committed was unthankfulness.
It’s unthankfulness for what you have that causes you to be lifted up in pride.
Many preachers think that lucifer had that sin when he was in heaven.
Apostle Renê Terra Nova
Manaus, Amazon (in Northern Brazil)
He has 85,000 in his church.
125,000 ministers and Pastors under his ministry.
A profound man of God.
He has written some outstanding revelation on the Law of Honor.
He shared with Dr. Murdock that lucifer was in
charge of all of the honor that was presented to God.
Some people say there’s 9 different types of angels.
Dr. Murdock was named for Michael the archangel.
Some of the different types of angels:
warring angels, worshipping angels, guardian angels, etc.
Some of them are invisible and angels can and do take on a human form.
Now lucifer became resentful with God and entered
into a war, taking along a third of God’s angels,
and the Bible says God flung lucifer out of Heaven.
And lucifer does not have horns, a red tail or cape.
He does not walk upright like some angry lion.
The Bible says he was “the son of the morning”–
a son that created great pleasure to the Father.
The most poisonous odor on the earth is the odor of disloyalty.
And it comes out of unthankfulness.
Unthankfulness is the seed for disloyalty.
Unthankfulness is the seed for the reprobate, the Absalom spirit, the Judas core.
Every mother and father has watched their children go through the unthankful zone.
Usually it’s the product of immaturity, resentment.
Ingratitude, unthankfulness is so poisonous, it’s hard to even describe.
But the Law of Gratitude is at work on the earth.
Reasons for gratitude vary.
The expressions for gratitude come in many forms.
The show of gratitude is not gratitude.
Words of gratitude are not always proof of gratitude.
> Many have been taught ethical reactions.
> the illusion of protocol, the imagination that someone is thankful.
ex: it’s far more than saying, “Thank you for the meal.”
Gratitude is an expression, it’s not like honor.
Gratitude is the lowest level of honor.
It’s not proof of honor. It’s not a gift.
Look into the ” firstfruits ”
> Is it the first 3% of the tithe, or is it not the tithe, but a 3% offering that goes up to a spiritual father…or…?
> However, all throughout the Word of God, it talks about the first fruits….
> Apostle Terranova in Brazil teaches about this, and several ladies from Brazil give to Dr. Murdock their “firstfruits” offering as a thankful seed.
Thankful people are never forgotten.
Thankful people make life bearable, survivable.
A thankful child can make up for 10 Absaloms in your life.
Gratitude is a seed for intimacy.
Gratitude is a seed for longevity in a relationship.
Unspoken gratitude is not gratitude at all.
Some people are thankful because of something you gave them.
* Remember *
>> The giver is a thousand times more important than the gift that they give to you
>> The difference between the wise and the fool is that the fool builds as
monument to the gift, while the wise builds a monument to the giver in their life
How do we know this?
Because Jesus is far, far more important than Calvary, than the crucifixion.
We’re thankful for the Person on Jesus.
Jesus talks about the woman who put in the two mites,
not her offering–His focus was on the person:
That’s why He forgave the woman who’d been caught in the act of adultery.That’s why he spoke with the Samaritan woman at the well.
That’s why He went to lunch with Zaccheus.
Gratitude changes everything in a relationship.
Remember when 9 of the 10 lepers didn’t come back.
Any leader will identify the unthankful–the people
that trivialize the seeds that he plants–in his presence.
A leader invests in this examination to avoid misplaced mercy.
What do you do with the unthankful?
If they’re your child, you can kneel down, “Now say ‘Thank you, Daddy. I’m so thankful for this gift that you’ve given me. ‘ ”
If it’s a child, if it’s the immature, the inexperienced: you train–you disciple the child, the unknowing, the inexperienced.
There are people in your life that are not thankful for anything that you do for them.
You disciple them through example, through training, through behavior modification.
ex: through a spanking
ex: “You know, I let you stay out until 11pm tonight, and you were unthankful: you stayed out til 11:30pm. And because of that you’re not going out again for a month.”
You can discipline, disciple them.
Then there are people whom you must confront: “Are you aware of your ingratitude? Of your unthankfulness?”
Unthankfulness is when you take something that wasn’t owed to you.
Unthankfulness is accepting help that you didn’t qualify for.
Unthankfulness is an odor in every home.
That’s why it’s so important to teach a child to make his bed, clean his room, do the dishes, set the table, empty the trash, wash the car, etc.
If you were paid for an hour’s work today and there were 10 minutes that you were unproductive, you owe that back. You’re an unthankful person.
Trust no man that forgets his debts.
That forgets the source of good in his life.
Who wants what he didn’t qualify to receive.
Remember how Jesus responded to the man with one talent.
The command to increase was the first command given in the Garden.
God says, I’m going to give you something and what
you do with it reflects your level of gratitude back to me.
Productivity leaves a trail of gratitude
Non-productivity leaves a trail, an odor of ingratitude behind it.
Where have I been thankful?
Where have I been unthankful?
How do I express thankfulness?
Well, why don’t I learn? I had to learn English. I had to learn to walk.
[review questions from The Law of Communication]
How do I communicate discomfort?
How do I communicate encouragement?
How do I communicate agreement?
How do I communicate disagreement?
How do I communicate a new thought, a new idea?
How do I communicate my difference?
How do I communicate love?
Where am I stupid?
Where am I most stupid?
Who am I willing to learn from?
Who taught me gratitude?
Who taught me thankfulness?
The fruit of making a mistake, of being wrong, is humility.
And the proof of humility is the willingness to apologize and reimburse.
On finances and handling your money:
– you’ve got to learn to handle what you’ve got
– what you do with $10 is what you’ll do with $10 million.
> if you throw away $10, you’ll throw away $10 million.
> if you throw away a dollar, you’ll throw away a hundred
– money’s a magnifier of your character, and your IQ
What I make happen for others God will make happen for me.
My gratitude to God for good treatment
shows in my good treatment of others.
Whatever I have received I am commanded to give, to sow.
Mercy, kindness, open doors, commendations.
What I do for others reveals my gratitude.
Ingratitude is the seed for loss. Everything you’re ungrateful for will exit your life.
>> The Law of Recognition
Dr. Murdock believes this to be the greatest book he’s ever written.
Everything unrecognized is uncelebrated
Uncelebrated things will leave your life.
Sherman Owens, “Whatever you’re most thankful for will increase, multiply in your life. ”
Do an A-Z “Thankful List”
>> write it down
End and open every day with thankfulness.
Because by nature, we’re (typically) not that way.
To improve our environment, not to affirm it.
Unless you’re the “sanguine personality”, who see something good in anything
Labor and toil to enter into thankfulness
Faith comes by hearing
So does doubt
So does unbelief
Make thankful recordings for yourself.
Thank God for the people you love.
Remember faith is voice-activated, along with joy ,etc
There’s not a human in your life that’s worth the energy
of hate, or any energy that takes away from your joy.
There’s people that have spoken into your life words of encouragement.
Start your Thankful List today.
Start an honor journal, and put the pictures and
phone numbers of people who’ve shown you honor.
Thank You for open doors.
Thank You, Father, for our Church By Phone family.