|Force of Thanksgiving||| Print ||
|Written by drk|
|Monday, 23 November 2009 16:33|
Dr. Kluane Spake
"BE anxious FOR NOTHING, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with THANKSGIVING, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).
Every believer knows they need to be thankful, so we usually just say, "Lord, thanks for the food - and thank you for all the missionaries in the whole wide world, amen!" Now we are thankful!
Last week I stood at my kitchen counter peeling an APPLE and heard this little internal conversation with the Lord.
"Are you thankful for this apple?" The Lord asked.
"Are you thankful for the grocer who unpacked it and put it out on the display for you to buy it?
"My daughter, are you thankful for the truck driver who drove those crates and hauled them into the grocery store?"
"Hummmmm... I see what you mean."
"Are you thankful for the farmer who planted the seed and watered and cultivated the ground so that you could have food?"
"I am now, Lord."
"Are you thankful for that seed? It had to die to reproduce - so that you could eat?"
"I'm learning to be thankful right now. Yes."
"A seed that won't die, just rots! Are you willing to be my seed?"
Of course we know that Jesus is the seed of God. He had to die to be reproduced in us. Are we really thankful? Do we just say words or do we know the power of thanksgiving.
Do we know that the seed dwells within us? It grows day and night and we don't know how! The seed was created on the Third Day. Seedtime and harvest are the Third Day truth that we need to grab hold of today. It is the intention of God that those of us who actually live in the Third Day (3rd thousandth year from the cross) know the power of the seed of thanksgiving.
Thankfullness is a much underrated FORCE for believers. It is the MISSING LINK. Thanksgiving is the power cord to finding contentment! It is the avenue to our peace. When we TRUST God, we can be truly thankful. Godly thanksgiving give us immunity to depression, worry, envy, anger, and resentment. It heals our sorrows and disappointments.
Thanksgiving will change your future. Losing your worries will open you up to be more clearly guided by the Holy Spirit. Renew your MIND to this concept(Rom. 12). Allow your thoughts to create a nowness of revelation and purpose. This continual process is known by scientists as imprinting or modeling. Whatever you call it, start now and just do it!
Thanksgiving is not an action nor is it an emotion. It is a state of awareness - of heightened consciousness of the Goodness of God.
Thanksgiving is a kingdom perspective that allows us to FULLY POSSES our INHERITANCE THROUGH GRATITUDE. It brings us into a MANIFESTATION of Who GOD is in us and for us.
You have been given 365 days of 24 hours a day to LIVE. Are you thankful? That's - 720 hours a month of LIFE to enjoy! That's 31, 638,000 seconds a month to enjoy RIGHT NOW! It's time to rejoice with sincerity and purpose.
Paul said it this way, "Thanksgiving is our dialect" (Eph 5:3 MSG).
It is my prayer that today you actively realize the good things in your life. Begin to have a conscious awareness of having abundance. It's about persistent faith and unrelenting focusing on being thankful. Jesus taught us the principle that to those who are conscious of much, more will be given! (Lk. 12:48). The energy of thanksgiving causes wonderful new things to manifest in your life. Sometimes, it may seem like nothing is happening - but something is always happening when you are thankful.
Be thankful about what you have gained - not what has been lost (the water glass being half full not half empty).
Be thankful about what you have rather than pondering about what you don't have.
Be thankful for what works in your life right now.
Be thankful for the times when you win and don't remind yourself of the times when you failed.
Be thankful for those things that make you happy and put behind you thoughts about being sad.
Be thankful for those who love you and forgive those who have hurt and disappointed you along the way!
Be thankful for your talents and don't worry about what you can't do.
Be thankful to be part of the Body of Christ and enjoy being who you are in that Body.
Be thankful for the Goodness of the Lord and how He longs to bring blessing to you right now!
Here are a few thanksgiving Scriptures to enjoy over this season.
The reason God brought judgment was that Israel was not thankful. They did not serve the Lord with joy... for the abundance of all things (Deut. 28:47).
And when you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, offer it at your own will (Lev. 22:29).
PS. 100:4 ENTER HIS GATES WITH THANSGIVING -INTO HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE AND BE THANKFUL UNTO HIM AND BLESS HIS NAME.
"It's the fruit of our lips giving thanks" (Heb. 13:15).
Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened (Rom. 1:21). IF hearts are darkened because of lack of thankfulness, then it means our hearts our enlightened by giving thanks.
For men shall be lovers of their ownselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy (2 Tim. 3:2).
What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? [How can I repay Him for all His bountiful dealings?]I will lift up the cup of salvation and deliverance and call on the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord, yes, in the presence of all His people. Precious (important and no light matter) in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints (His loving ones). O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid; You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call on the name of the Lord (Ps. 116:12-17 mSG).
I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among a mighty throng (Ps. 35:18).
They removed the stone (from Lazarus' grave) and Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and prayed, "Father, I'm grateful that you have listened to me. I know you always do listen, but on account of this crowd standing here I've spoken so that they might believe that you sent me" (Jn. 11:41 MSG).
With dawn about to break, Paul called everyone together and proposed breakfast: "This is the fourteenth day we've gone without food. None of us has felt like eating! But I urge you to eat something now. You'll need strength for the rescue ahead. You're going to come out of this without even a scratch! He broke the bread, gave thanks to God, passed it around, and they all ate heartily—276 of us, all told! With the meal finished and everyone full, the ship was further lightened by dumping the grain overboard (Acts 27:34 MSG)..
I thank God through Jesus for every one of you. That's first. People everywhere keep telling me about your lives of faith, and every time I hear them, I thank him. And God, whom I so love to worship and serve by spreading the good news of his Son—the Message!—knows that every time I think of you in my prayers, which is practically all the time, I ask him to clear the way for me to come and see you. The longer this waiting goes on, the deeper the ache. I so want to be there to deliver God's gift in person and watch you grow stronger right before my eyes! But don't think I'm not expecting to get something out of this, too! You have as much to give me as I do to you (Rom. 1:8 MSG).
[ A Love That Will Grow ] Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God's Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears (Phil. 1:3 MSG).
My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you've been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You're deeply rooted in him. You're well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you've been taught. School's out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving (Col. 2:6 MSG).
Our prayers for you are always spilling over into thanksgivings. We can't quit thanking God our Father and Jesus our Messiah for you! We keep getting reports on your steady faith in Christ, our Jesus, and the love you continuously extend to all Christians. The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope (Col. 1:3 MSG).
So let's go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is—not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our share in the abuse of Jesus. This "insider world" is not our home. We have our eyes peeled for the City about to come. Let's take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out the sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus' name (Heb. 13:15 MST).
Don't allow love to turn into lust, setting off a downhill slide into sexual promiscuity, filthy practices, or bullying greed. Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, those who follow Jesus have better uses for language than that. Don't talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn't fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect.(Eph. 5:3 MSG).
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus(1 Thes 5:16).
In EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS, FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS CONCERNING YOU (1 Thes 5:16).
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becomes saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks (2 Thes. 1:-5 MSG).
I looked again. I saw a huge crowd, too huge to count. Everyone was there—all nations and tribes, all races and languages. And they were standing, dressed in white robes and waving palm branches, standing before the Throne and the Lamb and heartily singing: Salvation to our God on his Throne! Salvation to the Lamb! All who were standing around the Throne—Angels, Elders, Animals— fell on their faces before the Throne and worshiped God, singing: Oh, Yes! The blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving, The honor and power and strength, To our God forever and ever and ever! Oh, Yes! (Rev. 7:11 MSG).
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