Throughout the bible thankfulness occurred immediately after moves of God. It's easy to rejoice and be thankful when things go right, but what about being thankful when nothing good is happening. Not everyone sees things the same way. Many people are just not happy for whatever reason, and some just are never satisfied. I want to share with you this week some benefits to having a thankful heart and attitude of gratitude.
Firstly, Jesus modeled thankfulness in all appropriate situations and even difficult situations. His attitude of gratitude was imparted unto the Apostles whereby Jesus and the Apostles encourage us to thank God in every good situation as well as in trials, persecution and tribulations.
Secondly, thankfulness is pleasing to God and good for our soul. Life is difficult and can give us a lot of heartbreak, but thankfulness breaks the power and agreement of darkness, oppression and depression. Thankfulness is a constant reminder to us and others that God is alive, in control and we trust Him.
Thirdly, thankfulness can be an action of prophetic faith. Let me explain. We are normally thankful as a reaction to God's blessing in our life, but we can also be thankful proactively! When we are thankful before the blessing comes, we are operating in "prophetic faith" expecting God's favorable outcome is on the way!!! Simply believe, be thankful and say, "God I praise you that you hear my prayer, you've met my need and you will be glorified".
I can't tell you how often I received God's breakthrough by my prophetic faith that God has already answered my prayer by thanking Him before it manifests. Faith pleases God, so our prophetic words of faith releases and moves God. Even if the outcome is not what we thought or expected, your heart will become joyful because your putting your trust in God and believing His best for you.
Thankfulness is a choice. We choose to believe God is good and wants the best for us, so when we pray from the position of thankfulness were liken to God's heart. No better place to be but like our God and happiness becomes our outcome. Give thankfulness a try in every situation. You may even like it and it may yield the breakthrough you've been praying for. Give it a try, you may like it and be transformed in the process.
I trust you were blessed. Give it a try. Be thankful in every season and in everything knowing God is in control and were not. More preaching on this subject this Sunday at REIGN.
Love you in Christ Jesus!
Pastor Terry Hilgen
REIGN Christian Fellowship