The Power in Thanksgiving
The giving of thanks implies one has received something. When it comes to giving thanks to God it is often a pre-thanks before we have possessed the thing for which we are grateful. At such times our thanksgiving demonstrates we have possessed the unpossessed. Through communion with God and His word, we see things not yet seen. God’s faith gift enables us to suddenly know what we have not previously known, and thus, thanksgiving is our uncalculated response; becoming our highest expression of faith. What power this wields over all the methods and devices of Satan. The giving of thanks also carries us through the often difficult season between receiving, and physically seeing. It keeps us in the place of initial enlightenment from God’s heart to ours.
Some of God’s benefits, for which we are thankful, are promised; some are accomplished. There is a difference. For example, God has already accomplished our salvation in Christ Jesus. We receive His accomplished work.
Romans 8:32 NLT
Since he [God] did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?
Colossians 1:13 NLT
...he [God] has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,
Thanksgiving is far more than a mere uttering of an obligatory “Thank you.”, but rather, an actual offering from the heart of the recipient. By the giving of thanks our faith collides with every circumstance, every doubt, every point of resistance, every fear. Our greatest expression of faith is our giving of thanks to our Father.
I close with these reminders.
Philippians 4:6 AMP
6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 AMP
Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].
Author: John Gann