Be Ye Thankful: The Key to a Blessed Life

Thanksgiving is a time when the world gets to see just how blessed and workable the Christian system is. The emphasis is not on giving or buying, but on being thankful and expressing that appreciation to God and to one another. ~ John Clayton

The definition of ‘thanks’ is ‘a good feeling toward someone who has helped you or given something to you; something done or said to express thanks; gratitude. Thanksgiving is a heart attitude that recognizes and acknowledges the blessings in your life.

The Bible uses the word ‘thank’ over 130 times, all of them expressing gratitude to Almighty God. In the Old Testament, many of them were related to thank offerings, a ‘sacrifice’ to God for His mercy and grace. Giving thanks to God was a major component in the Israelites’ lives. David proclaimed thanks to God throughout the Psalms. Offer unto God thanksgiving, and pay thy vows to the Most High, he wrote in Psalm 50:14. Let’s take a look at just a few things the Bible reminds us to be grateful for.

Righteous Judgment: At midnight I will rise and give thanks unto Thee, because of Thy righteous judgments (Ps. 119:62). Righteousness and judgment are in God’s hands. You don’t need to work for your own vindication. No matter what anyone has done to you or against you, you can step into faith and gratitude, leaving justice to God. Psalm 89:14 says, “Justice and judgment are the habitation of Thy throne; mercy and truth shall go before Thy face.” God’s justice and mercy will always work in your favor as you trust in Him. If they’re wrong, God will restore; if you’re wrong, you’ll receive His mercy. Be grateful that His judgment is perfect in every situation.

Healing: I will restore health unto thee and heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord … (Jer. 30:17). Jesus always healed when people believed and received His teaching. And He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8). God’s miraculous healing power is as available today as it was then. As you build your faith in this area and give God glory, praise and thanksgiving, you can experience His healing, restoring power.

Mercy: O give thanks unto the God of Heaven for His mercy endureth for ever (Ps. 136:26) One of the things you should be most grateful for is His everlasting mercy! God, speaking through the Apostle Paul said, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Heb. 8:12). I heard a teaching no long ago that illustrates God’s mercy.

The Old Testament is full of stories about the sins and errors of the Patriarchs. Abraham lied, and had a baby with his wife’s maid. David was an adulterer and murderer, to name just two. Yet the New Testament records only their faith and obedience. Why? Because God remembered their sins no more! He does the same for you and me.

Victory: But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (I Cor. 15:57). No matter what you face, God has declared you a winner, more than a conqueror (Rom. 8:37). He told Joshua that meditating on His Word would result in ‘good success’. In other words, you win! It is so assured, you can step out in faith and thank God in advance for your victory and success.

Salvation: … give thanks always to God … because God has from the beginning chosen you for salvation, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, (2 Thess. 2:13). The central premise of Christianity, the reason for Jesus death and resurrection, is the salvation of man. What does salvation include? Anything you need saving from! Jesus defeated the devil and gave that victory and dominion to us as His followers, His body. I Cor. says that because of Him we are in Christ Jesus, who from God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption (v 1:30). All good reasons to rejoice and be thankful!

Freedom: Fret not about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. (Phil. 4:6) God doesn’t want you to worry, stew, fret, or be depressed. Instead, He wants you to trust Him to make all things right. Just a few verses later, Paul said, ‘And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus’ (Phil 4:19). Whatever you need, God has a plan. Isn’t that good news?

Prosperity: Ye being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God (2 Cor. 9:11) You are enriched in everything, blessed, victorious, and healthy! Whatever you need is available from the God of all. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound in every good work (2 Cor. 9:8).

Jesus throughout His ministry, ‘gave thanks’ before every healing, every instance of divine supply, every miracle. Of all the words written about our Lord and Savior, it’s important for us to recognize His ‘attitude of gratitude’ to God. He knew that every provision cometh down from the Father. He said, “I can of Mine own self do nothing” (John 5:30). He also said, “I knew that Thou hearest Me always” (John 11:42). Gratitude was an integral part of Jesus’ ministry.

You and I should carry that lesson and attitude into our own lives. No matter what you do, no matter what talents you have – they are not your own. Acknowledge God’s presence and power. When you are successful, it’s not you. It’s God’s favor on your life. When you have enough or more than enough, God is blessing you. Every moment, every day. James said, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father … (v. 1:17). John reiterated God’s heart when he said, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 1:2).

“… Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen!” (Rev. 7:12) Health, prosperity, blessing, grace, joy, peace, love and every other good thing comes from our Heavenly Father. That’s a lot to be thankful for!



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