The Power of Thanksgiving: How to Unlock the Favor and Blessings of God

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ~ I Thess. 5:18

Thanksgiving: an expression of gratitude, especially to God; the grateful acknowledgement of benefits or favors; an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal

We’ve got the meal down pat, at least in the U.S. – turkey and stuffing, pies and cranberries, two kinds of potatoes and side dishes galore. We stuff ourselves, wonder why we ate so much (because it tastes so good!), then can hardly wait until to start on the leftovers. Most of us can claim an abundance, maybe even an overflow, of food.

Gratitude, however, sometimes gets lost in the fellowship and football, overstuffed tummies and games around the dining room table when the dishes are done. We say a quick grace before the meal (or maybe not) and dig in, forgetting the One who pours this bounty into our lives, not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day.

Consider these Biblical promises:

  • God … gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Cor. 15:57
  •  … you are enriched in everything for all liberality (abundance), ~ 2 Cor. 9:11
  • [God] has qualified us to be partakers of His inheritance ~ Col. 1:12
  • God always causes us to triumph in Christ … ~ 2 Cor. 2:14
  • your faith grows exceedingly, and [your] charity … abounds: ~ 2 Thess. 1:3
  • God has from the beginning chosen you [for] salvation … ~ 2 Thess. 2:13

Every one of those verses actually starts with thanksgiving to God. Our gratitude connects us to the victory, abundance, grace, blessing and peace of God.

Consider Jesus, the author, [example] and finisher of our faith, according to Hebrews 12:2. Jesus ‘gave thanks’ and God multiplied the loaves and fishes (Mark 8:6). He thanked God and Lazarus walked out of the tomb (John 11:41). When He served the communion meal before His death, the Bible says he ‘gave thanks’ and the disciples had sufficient to divide amongst themselves.

 Jesus’ gratitude to God, the Father, triggered the Blessing in abundance every time. Acknowledging God’s goodness is the key to receiving more! If we will recognize that principle and put it into consistent operation, we will begin to see increasing favor and blessing in our lives!

 Gratitude functions within the laws of God that were laid out from the beginning. God said seedtime and harvest would not cease. Giving thanks is your seed. Sow it with your mouth; water it regularly with more gratitude and praise. Step into the spirit and ‘give thanks’ ahead of time, before you actually see the fruit, the fulfillment.

How do you call the things that be not – the things you are praying and believing for, your harvest – as though they already were? With gratitude. Mark 11:24 says that if you will believe WHEN YOU PRAY that you receive it, then you will have what you prayed for. Well, if you really BELIEVE that you received it when you prayed, then you’ve got it! God’s Word promised it. So you can be thankful for it right now.

I know, you really haven’t seen it yet in your physical world, but your prayer of faith tapped into God’s abundance, so it’s on its way. The devil may try to fight you or stall the blessing, but he can’t win. Daniel found that out.

He prayed and thanked God, but had to wait more than three weeks to actually get the answer he sought. When he asked why it took so long, the angel told him it was because he had to fight his way through the devil’s plots and road-blocks (Daniel 10). That angel even had to call for back-up to help him fulfill his mission – to bring the blessing to faithful Daniel, who was waiting patiently for it.

Don’t be like the Israelites who spent 40 years wandering the wilderness because of their grumbling and complaining. Complaining is the devil’s way of keeping you miserable and lacking. The way out is gratitude. The Bible says in everything, give thanks. You don’t need to be thankful for everything, but you can certainly thank God for the victory, faith, blessing and peace you need in the midst of whatever you’re dealing with.

Can I guarantee that your blessing will show up in three weeks’ time? Nope. I’m not God. And I don’t know His perfect will and timing for your life. I do know, however, that He’s never late and He always wants to bless His children abundantly (see John 10:10). 

Gratitude works in the natural world, as well. Show appreciation to the people around you, from your spouse and family to the bank teller and restaurant server. Don’t allow yourself to be so busy or focused on your plan/schedule that you don’t notice the little blessings in your life. Maintain an attitude of gratitude. Put a smile on your face for everyone you meet. Be liberal with compliments, gratitude and praise. You’ll find that people want to do more for you because you appreciate their efforts.

Gratitude and thanksgiving open the door for favor, mercy and grace from God and people. You may not know how your harvest will come. And it probably won’t come the way you expect or anticipate, so don’t try. God loves surprises and He loves to be the One in control. He is God, after all. He will thwart all your grand plans and schemes just to show you that His are better. Faith, thanksgiving and praise are your assignment. God’s part is to work out the details to bless you exceeding abundantly above all that you can hope, ask or think (Eph. 3:20).

The next verse in Ephesians gives glory (thanks and praise) to God for His exceeding abundance. He wants us to have it ALL. Thanks be to God that He made it so easy for us! He didn’t give us a long list of tasks to complete or an impossible quest. He simply said, in everything give thanks.

Gratitude always connects us to His overflowing protection, peace, joy and abundance. It’s the key you need to unlock His favor and blessing in your life.

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