1Th. 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is GOD’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
One thing you can never have too much of is THANKSGIVING. GOD never says, “Enough, you may stop now.” Prayer may go unanswered but Thanksgiving is never unanswered.
Here are 4 powerful truths about THANKSGIVING…
#1 - Thanksgiving is the perfect spiritual practice
I’ve seen wrong prayer but never wrong Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is always right...Thanksgiving is always GOOD.
Psa. 92:1 It is a GOOD THING to give thanks unto the LORD
The Thanks-Giver is a Good-doer. In any situation, those who give GOD Thanks always do the Good Thing.
When you don’t know what else to do Giving Thanks to GOD is always the Right Thing to do. And that’s because the Attitude of Gratitude Increases Altitude. If you want to increase your Altitude with GOD the Attitude of Gratitude is how you get there. In fact, if you want to soar with GOD don’t just be a Thanks-Giver but become a Thanks-Liver.
GOD’s Frequent Flyers all know, you must reach Cruising Altitude before the cabin service can begin. So practice Thanks-Living and you can live at Cruising Altitude. Then angels will come out with your blessings! People often say, “I don’t even know what to pray for.” But GOD already knows what you need. And when you Thank Him for being your Provider you’ll reach Cruising Altitude, and what you need will come out.
Is. 9:6-7 Of the INCREASE of his GOVERNMENT and peace there shall be NO END, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The ZEAL of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Thanksgiving is the perfect spiritual practice because it’s the music of the Kingdom of GOD, and gateway to His Increase.
#2 - Appreciation Appreciates
When your circumstances depreciate express your gratitude to GOD for being the Glory and Lifter of your head. For he who Appreciates GOD will Appreciate. How can we not appreciate the ONE who owed us nothing, but gives us everything.
1Cor. 15:56-57 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But THANKS be to GOD, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
Thanksgiving to GOD for Jesus is how we rise above the depreciation of Death and Sin.
You can never rise above your appreciation of GOD
When you lift up Thanksgiving YOU will be lifted up. Your life will follow the direction of your Appreciation. When your Thanksgiving goes up you will follow.
Remember the Kingdom rule: The Appreciator will Appreciate. You will never find a Thanksgiver where you last saw him. Because GOD will make him to appreciate and will move him forward.
#3 - GOD Is the Thanks-Giver’s KEEPER
Phil. 4:6-7 ...in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto GOD. And the peace of GOD, which passes all understanding, shall KEEP your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Anyone can believe in GOD’s promises. But the Thanksgiver becomes the Beneficiary because Thanksgiving files the claim!
When the actions of life are against you, Thanksgiving is the reaction that will KEEP you. GOD is looking to become the KEEPER of that person who reacts to the actions of life with Thanksgiving!
And that leads us to #4…
#4 - You Can Confront Every Situation With Thanksgiving To GOD!
Psa. 107:1-2 O GIVE THANKS unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever. Let the REDEEMED of the Lord SAY SO, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
Thanksgiving is the SAY SO of the Redeemed. We thank the Redeemer for what He HAS DONE because that is what He WILL DO! Thanksgiving for past Redemptions is the SAY SO that links them with today’s needs!
When life wants to introduce you to disease, give Thanks to GOD for the Stripes of Jesus and introduce that disease to Jesus the Healer!
If you suffer great loss and don’t know how to respond. Give Thanks to GOD with the Redeemed life you still have. For He has said...
Is. 51:11 Therefore The REDEEMED of the LORD SHALL RETURN, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Blessing can Return from any part of a Redeemed person’s life who lives as a Thanks-Giver!