Power of Thanksgiving
Throughout the United States this month, we observe a special holiday – Thanksgiving. Typically, family and friends gather together, and turkey dinner is the meal. Football games blare as we fellowship and gain a few pounds. But most of all, Thanksgiving should be a day when we give God Thanks.
We should thank God for the great things He has done for us. He has delivered us from the power of darkness (Col. 1:13), redeemed us from the curse of the law (Gal. 3:13), and He has given us access to the Throne of Grace (Heb. 4:16). Because of what Jesus did on Calvary, we can enjoy all the benefits God has provided to the believer.
Can you imagine where you and I would be if it weren’t for the Lord? You are alive today because He miraculously spared your life. Perhaps the doctors told you, “You won’t make it,” but you are still here because of Jesus Christ!
One of the most powerful things you can do is thank someone for what you have received from them. And another powerful thing you can do is give thanks for what you are going to receive. That’s what faith is! Thanking the Lord for what He has promised you that is “not yet” manifested in your life is a wonderful way to demonstrate your Faith in God.
So, when your body is vexed with pain, begin to thank God that by Jesus’ wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24).
When your pockets are empty, thank Him that He will meet all of your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). You’re not giving thanks for the problem – you’re giving thanks in spite of the problems. As you begin to thank Him, you will realize how good it is to be alive. And God will bless you beyond measure.
You see, giving of thanks creates power in a person’s life that can enable him to overcome life’s problems. We should take every opportunity to shout to the Lord with a grateful heart. Psalms 100 says,
1 “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he, who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations” (NIV).
This Thanksgiving I want to remind you to take the time to express your thanks to the Lord for all He has done for you, your family, and your Church.
Two of the most powerful words in a believer’s vocabulary are too often the most seldom used. Those potent words are “THANK YOU.” One of the secrets of Jesus was His constant expression of a heart of gratitude. Read His Word, and you will find Him being thankful to God and to those around Him. Gratitude, and the willingness to express it, is a key element to healthy relationships. I have a question, “How long has it been since you said THANK YOU to those around you?”