1 Th. 5:17 pray without ceasing;
1 Th. 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is Godís will for you in Christ Jesus.
Col. 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
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Thanksgiving is to prayer what the ignition is to your car. It’s the door to the Presence of God.
Psa. 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
The giving of thanks is more than saying, “Thanks”. It’s considering the goodness of God, with His wonderful deeds and provisions; and upon remembering His faithfulness, then lifting up expressions of appreciation to Him. In this way, true thanksgiving is indeed, an expression of faith and expectation as much as it is appreciation. There is also an element of humbling in true thanksgiving to God, because it’s acknowledging His role as Provider, and by extension, your dependence upon Him. True thanksgiving is a great conditioner of the soul. It puts us into proper perspective and gives us mental and moral clarity. Thanksgiving is the generator of a genuine Love for God. When we are thankful it opens us up to God’s love for us. The more thankful we are in considering His goodness towards us, the more we love Him; as we realize what he has done for us.
The power of thanksgiving also works in the reverse. The failure to express thanksgiving produces lack and brings on the frustration of poverty. Thanklessness brings on the coldness of heart that opens people to other moral and spiritual degradation. The more Christians forget to be thankful, the more that love for God fades from their hearts. Christians who neglect to give thanks to God become complainers. Then their murmuring generates doubt and unbelief. They become negative and resentful as their complaining brings the curses of life upon them. Thanklessness is the first step down the slippery slope of a backslidden state.
2 Tim. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2 Tim. 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
But people who are givers of thanks to God become His “points of contact” for blessing in this world.
2 Cor. 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
Thanksgiving seeds the divine clouds of blessing. There is something almost mechanical about the way thanksgiving opens a person’s life to God’s abundance.
2 Chr. 5:13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endures for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;
2 Chr. 5:14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.
People who overflow with genuine thankfulness to God; who think continually about His goodness, and express it regularly in their praise of Him; they are human resources of encouragement. Their very presence provides access to the Lord Himself. Think of all the deeply appreciative Christians in the Book of Acts, who took salvation, healing and deliverance to the people of their world. We need to realize that more of the true impact of the Holy Spirit has been spread by “thankful” Christians then by talented Christians. God rides the currents of thankful hearts. Find a truly thankful Christian and God will be near.
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