Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.
I want you to understand something: “Thanksgiving” is not just a heart attitude; it is a powerful kingdom principle. It is a powerful force that moves the heart of God and opens the gates of heaven over your life.
Faith has a language, and “thanksgiving” is that language. Learning to speak the language of faith is not difficult – it starts with “thank you”.
When Jesus was breaking the bread and distributing the fish to the disciples before feeding the multitude, the Bible says, first “He… gave thanks” (Matthew 15:35-36). What then followed was one of the greatest miracles in the Bible; the bread and the fish began to multiply to where it fed 4,000 men, plus their families! We also read about another such miracle where 5,000 men were fed with just five loaves and two fish (John 6:8-13). Once again, the miracle occurred after Jesus had given thanks. In fact, to signify the importance of thanksgiving, when this event is spoken of again in John 6:23, the Holy Spirit reiterates that Jesus first gave thanks - “the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks” showing the importance and power of a thankful spirit.
In John 11:41-42 we read about the raising of the dead body of Lazarus. Before this miracle, Jesus lifted his eyes and once again says “Father, I thank you that you have heard me…” And then Lazarus walked out of the tomb having been dead for four days!
Jesus is not teaching you manners. The message is not about remembering to say “please and thank you”. As important as good manners are; the Scriptures are revealing the power of thanksgiving to activate miracles in your life!
Unfortunately, we tend to do the opposite. When things go wrong or are not working out, we have a tendency to complain or become discouraged. These habits only magnify the problems in your life.
Thanksgiving, on the other hand, is the language of faith that magnifies God. It’s not thanking God for problems, rather, it’s carrying a spirit of thanksgiving which flows as faith out of your mouth.
Some people say, “I do not have much to be thankful for”. Well, look for the one little thing that you do have and start there!
Jesus shows us that once you start thanking God, those good things will begin to multiply in your life. After all, that little boy only had five loaves and two fish, but it ended up feeding 5,000 men!
Learn to start talking this faith language every day – morning, noon and night. The truth is there are so many things for you to be thankful to the Lord for. The more thankful you are, the more you will see the power and the might of God at work in your life.