From the time we open our eyes to start a brand new day that the Lord has made to the very minute before we doze off to sleep, we have a million and one reasons and opportunities to thank Him for Who He is in our lives, Emmanuel, God with us.
Thanksgiving is the language of faith that pleases God. It expresses our acknowledgment of Who He is, that He exists, that He is the Lord our God, that He is alive living inside us, that He IS love and He unconditionally and unfailingly loves us, and that He deeply cares for us, willing, able and delightful to respond to us who diligently seek Him.
“And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that He is real and that He rewards the faith of those who passionately seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 TPT)
One powerful revelation that I got today is the thought that our default way of giving thanks is when we acknowledge something good that has already been done or given to us. It is a response to what we have received.
Yes, it is just and right to be thankful for all the things that He has done, He is doing and is about to do in our lives, but in the Kingdom of God, far more than that, there is a GREATER and DEEPER truth with giving thanks.
Thanksgiving is an act of faith that ushers us in into Himself. This two-word “Thank You!” is the key. We believe that when we give thanks with our grateful hearts, our focus shifts as we enter in into the realm of His kingdom’s supernatural domain, where He is the King of all kings and Lord of all lords, where He is our Father and we are His beloved sons and daughters, where He is our Good Shepherd and we are His sheep who knows His voice and follow Him.
“Enter with the password: “THANK YOU!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank HIM. Worship HIM. For GOD is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever.” (Psalm 100:4-5 MSG)
Thanksgiving causes miracles, signs and wonders to manifest in our lives.
How amazing it is to think that before Jesus raised Lazarus who had been dead for four days, He gave thanks to the Father.
“Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I THANK YOU that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me …” (John 11:41 NKJV)
Before Jesus multiplied the five barley loaves and two small fish, He gave thanks.
“Jesus then took the barley loaves and the fish and GAVE THANKS to God. He then gave it to the disciples to distribute to the people. Miraculously, the food multiplied, with everyone eating as much as they wanted!” (John 6:11 TPT)
When Jesus gave thanks, He did not specifically thanked the Father about what His concern was. He did not say, “Thank You for raising Lazarus up.” nor “Thank You for multiplying these bread and fish.” He simply gave thanks to acknowledge the very person of the Father Himself. That is relationship.
Jesus was so filled with the Holy Spirit without measure that He knew what the Father intended to do. The word says Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing and only spoke what He heard Him speaking. That is pure intimacy.
The Holy Spirit is in us. It is HE Who makes our relationship with our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord alive by fellowshiping with Him. It is He Who reveals to us our divine identity, who we are in the eyes of our Lord and how deeply loved we are. It is He Who knows ALL things, the deep things of God and allows us to tap into the frequency of what the Lord’s plan is for us at the same time graces us to run the race and intercedes for us that we may do according to His will. THANK YOU, Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ came withholding nothing from us, not even His own life. He endured everything He needed to go through for the joy that was set before Him that you and I will be totally reconciled into the arms of our loving Father, for no one comes to the Father except through Him. Because of what Jesus has done, we have now full access into the throne of God’s presence, no longer required to do anything nor bring anything, but only with a grateful heart that causes our mouths to utter, “THANK YOU, Jesus!”
“For this is how much God loved the world—He gave His one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in Him will never perish but experience everlasting life.” (John 3:16 TPT)
Our Heavenly Father’s great love encompasses everything. When He gave Jesus to us, He gave us everything, for in Christ ALL THINGS CONSIST. Nothing was made that was made apart from Him. When we welcome and receive Jesus in our hearts, all that He is and all that He has, we have. THANK YOU, Daddy God.
Our sole revelatory and intimate knowledge of the Godhead is more than enough to cause our hearts to burn and burst with thanksgiving over and above anything. In His presence is FULLNESS OF JOY and when ours hearts are full, an overflow of thanksgiving, praise and worship is inevitable.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV)