The Law of Recognition
A Teaching Article On having an Attitude of Gratitude
Have you ever walked into a room and felt invisible? I bet you would be quick to leave a room if you were being completely ignored. In fact, I hope you would!
What if you were to give someone a gift and they opened it, looked at it, and walked off without any response at all? Its not likely that you would get that person a gift again any time soon.
I want to share with you a kingdom principle I call “the law of recognition.” It states that what you don’t recognize will eventually exit your life. We have to keep our eyes open for what’s good and right in life. When we have something good, we need to celebrate it!
✅What you celebrate appreciates. When you celebrate someone or something, you’re recognizing and giving value to something or someone God has put in your life. Ultimately, when you recognize what you have and treasure it, you’re celebrating the Blessor Himself – God! He is so pleased with us when our eyes are open to His blessings! When we recognize His blessings by celebrating them, we are being good stewards. And we know good stewards always get rewarded with more in time! Whatever you recognize is magnified in value.
However, anything unrecognized remains uncelebrated. It could be a gift, a miracle, or a person. Sometimes in our cynicism, we gloss over Gods blessings by saying they are coincidence, or worse, that we got them by our efforts. This pricks the heart of God because the word of God says that a man can receive nothing unless it is given to him from heaven (John 3:27). Everything we have, whether we worked for it or not, was granted to us from heaven! Remember how I asked you if you gave someone a gift and they walked off without any response? When we don’t recognize what God has given us, this is what we do to Him.
The people around you have treasure inside them. The word of God says that there is treasure hidden in earthen vessels (2 Cor 4:7). We should view the people around us in light of this scripture and then we will be able to see the gifts inside them, rather than the outward fleshly flaws. God specifically picked the believers around you for your life. The believers around you have gifts that correspond to yours… gifts of wisdom, healing, miracles, prophecy, helps, giving, service…there is treasure all around you hidden in earthen vessels! ✅ What would you give to see it? When you see it, you should celebrate it!! That way, these precious people assigned to you by God will not exit your life, the same way you would if you were not being recognized.
✅Another attitude can cause God’s blessings to exit…familiarity. Familiarity can be fatal! Familiarity is when you begin to take things for granted. It’s when you go through life unaware of the multitudes of blessings and gifts that are here each and every moment.
✅A third attitude that is a killer of God’s blessings is entitlement. If we received what we are owed, we would be in hell. You must break any “entitlement fallacy” that you are “owed” something in life! This attitude will cripple your independence as a person because entitlement says, “I have to wait for you to give me something, and if you don’t, I am going to pout and be resentful.” ✅Entitlement is connected with legalism, because legalism thinks, “If I perform this way, I am guaranteed to get what I want.” Get rid of entitlement! God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. (2 Pe 1:3) Remember..He did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Rom. 8:32) We have everything we need on the inside of us, AND a Daddy who wants to spoil us!
✅Begin to change an attitude of ingratitude by imagining how empty your life would be without the blessings of God given to you. Grace never operates on “what we are owed.” Grace is all about getting what we DON’T deserve!
✅Remember…what you don’t recognize will eventually exit your life. Keep your eyes open for what’s going right in your life and be thankful! You may find that the list keeps getting longer and longer. We need to recognize the people, events, and things that God blesses us with because that blesses the Blessor! ✅When we are good stewards and don’t allow our blessings to exit because we are celebrating them, God will give us more. When we overcome the stumbling blocks of entitlement and familiarity, our lives become filled with a freshness and joy that only the Holy Spirit can provide! Keep your life Spirit-filled by being in awe of His blessings every day! I know with a grateful heart and the provision of Almighty God, you will find more to appreciate each day.