Love you all, praying for you,
There’s a weapon God created for you, to protect you and make you effective. But few people know what it is, nor how powerful it can be.
Eleven Things You Need To Know About Thanksgiving
#1) God said to. I Thessalonians 5:18 – In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
#2) Thanksgiving is how you enter His presence, the ticket required for entry. Psalms 100:4 - Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless his name.
#3) Thanksgiving makes God bigger. It increases His glory in your eyes and others. If your purpose is to glorify God, that means ‘make Him bigger’ in the eyes of others. Thanksgiving always makes Him bigger. Psalms 69:30 – I will praise the Name of God with a song, and will magnify him (glorify him) with thanksgiving.
#4) Your Thanksgiving Should Reflect His goodness. The better He has been to you, the more thankful you should be. You should be as Thankful as He’s been good! I Chronicles 16:34 – O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endures forever.
#5) Thanksgiving is required when you request things from God. If you have petitions or supplications of Him, bring thanksgiving along with your request. Philippians 4:6 – Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
#6) Thanksgiving enables the peace of God to rule in your life. Philippians 4:6-7 – Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Colossians 3:15 – And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you were called as members of one body. And be thankful. That word and – means coupled, or joined together having a cumulative effect. The peace of God ruling in your life, is connected with thanksgiving. If you aren’t skilled in thanksgiving, the peace of God is probably not ruling and reigning in you.
#7) God’s command to pray – includes - pray with thanksgiving. You shouldn’t pray without it. Colossians 4:2 – Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
#8) Thanksgiving helps keep you grounded, rooted, and built up in Him. Colossians 2:6-8 – So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Thanksgiving is the evidence of someone rooted and grounded in their faith and the Word of God.
#9) Thanksgiving protects you from religious deception. I Timothy 4:1-4 – The Spirit clearly says that in the latter days some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings are spread by hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything God created is good, and we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it has been made holy by the word of God and prayer. Thanksgiving was created for you - to receive the good things of God with.
#10) If you neglect thanksgiving, which is a weapon of protection for you; your heart can become futile, foolish and darkened. Romans 1:21 – For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, and as a result their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools… So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired…
#11) Thanksgiving helps you remember as well as puts you in His presence. Psalms 106:13 – But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wilderness they put God to the test. So he gave them what they asked for, but sent leanness into their soul. (a wasting disease among them). If you are not thankful, you will soon be craving what will not satisfy you, and you will soul will waste away.
Thanksgiving is the key to His presence, the key to prayer, the key to His peace ruling and reigning in your heart, it ushers in your requests before God, it makes Him bigger in your eyes and others, it’s a weapon that protects you, and it is evidence of those rooted and grounded in Him. Thanksgiving - It’s worth getting good at!
Love you all,
Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!