Thanksgiving adds color to our Christian experience and flavor to our Christian nature, as everything around us begins to respond positively. The enemy will then be forced to respect and honor us.
Thanksgiving is not an outward show; it must first have its root inside us, before it can bear fruit outward. If you want God to give you any attention when you pray, then you must be relaxed and show Him that you are satisfied by thanking Him for all He has already done for you.
There’s an adage that says: “If you do not know how to think, you will never know how to thank.”
Often when we have problems, we tend to forget all the benefits we had enjoyed. Whenever David was in trouble, he would challenge his soul to remember the good times and be thankful.
The Bible says: "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits" (Psalm 103:1-2).
To forget God’s benefits is to provoke Him to anger and to grieve Him. If we forget His benefits, He forgets our welfare and our needs remain with us.
Always take stock of God’s blessings and goodness. Ingratitude turns God off, but gratitude unleashes the mercy of God.
Also, the Bible says: "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s." (Psalm 103:3-5).
These are daily benefits coming from the throne of God. But unfortunately, people are not aware; they are not conscious of these amazing wonders of God’s mercy.
Our forgiveness cost Him the blood of Jesus. To forget that and to disregard it, is to grieve God.
Now, let me ask you, when last did you bless God for forgiving your sins? Instead of giving thanks, we blame God for not giving us a house, a car, children, etc. We have not blessed Him yet for the things He has done, but we keep focusing on those things He has not yet done.
Make a list of at least 20 things the Lord has done for you, start giving Him thanks today and watch what God does after that. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians:
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Make up your mind today and start declaring:
I Choose To Give Thanks To God In Every Situation.