The Glory of Thanksgiving

Nov. 22, 2017 | By Creflo Dollar

SUMMARY

In the Old Testament, “glory” often referred to the tangible presence of God. In these last days, it can mean the manifestation of God’s Word. As believers and children of the supernatural, we know that there is no supernatural without His Word. When we plant His Word in our hearts, we set ourselves up for supernatural manifestation. Thanksgiving has much to do with manifesting this supernatural harvest, and giving thanks is a powerful way we can change whatever circumstances we find ourselves in for the better. We can find something for which to give thanks every day, and God’s grace enables us to live a thankful life. The more we learn about His favor, the more we can be thankful for all that grace has made available to us, whether or not we see it right away.

  1. God wants us to be thankful. A grateful heart brings a supernatural harvest.
    1. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
      1. God has a purpose for everything, and His will is that we learn the power of being thankful in every situation.
      2. Giving thanks is a weapon against the enemy. Being thankful like this is hard, which is why we have the grace of God to help us.
      3. We are free moral agents. We can choose to murmur and complain, or we can choose to be grateful. We must learn how to be thankful intentionally and on purpose.
    2. And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole (Luke 17:11-19).
      1. If we learn to give thanks before we even arrive at the conclusion of an issue, supernatural things will start to happen.
      2. We release our faith when we say “thank you.”
      3. There is a difference between being healed and being made whole. The word “whole” comes from the same word from which “shalom” originates, and it means nothing missing and nothing broken. God wants to make us whole, and restore everything missing and broken back into our lives.
    3. There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten (John 6:9-13).
      1. Giving thanks also works against lack and insufficiency.
      2. Whether it is healing the sick or feeding the hungry, we see a pattern that giving thanks establishes. Here, the situation went from not enough to over and above. Jesus multiplied by giving thanks.
  2. Living a life of thanksgiving results in peace, and abundant blessings.
    1. For all [these] things are [taking place] for your sake, so that the more grace (divine favor and spiritual blessing) extends to more and more people and multiplies through the many, the more thanksgiving may increase [and redound] to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 4:15, AMPC).
      1. The grace that God extends to people causes them to be overwhelmed by the overflow that results from giving thanks.
    2. And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small (Jeremiah 30:19).
      1. Our lives are increased and enlarged when we walk in thanksgiving. The thankful receive and bear a plentiful harvest.
    3. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Colossians 3:15-17).
      1. There is a connection between peace and thankfulness. Like a fence we put up to guard our garden against intruders, peace is designed to guard our hearts while the Word that was planted is germinating and taking root.
      2. When the Word is sown in our hearts, the enemy immediately comes to try and take it away (Matthew 13:19; Mark 4:15), but thanksgiving is the weapon that guards our hearts and our minds.
  3. Thankfulness and peace go hand-in-hand. Gratitude guards our hearts.
    1. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6, 7).
      1. Our peace is our most valuable asset. We must be careful not to let Satan steal it.
      2. We do not need to worry or be anxious. When we feel fearful or panicky, we must refocus ourselves in the Word, and be thankful.
    2. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).
        1. Peace is what shields us from the junk in life that causes others stress; this is God’s peace, not ours.
      The Word gives us God’s kind of peace. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee (Isaiah 26:3).
    3. And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm (Mark 4:35-39).
      1. Jesus was so much at peace, He was able to sleep through a storm at sea even when water was coming into the boat.
      2. We must have peace in the midst of our storm, but we cannot release peace if we do not have it. Others must see us walking in our peace.
    4. There are seven things that result from having a grateful heart.
      1. Being thankful gets our eyes off ourselves and helps us to refocus on God.
      2. A grateful heart reminds us we are not in control; we serve a mighty God who is in control. Remembering how much we need Him keeps us in a place of humility and dependency on Him.
      3. Gratitude helps us recognize that we have much for which to be thankful. It takes our attention off our problems so that we can reflect on the goodness of God’s blessings in our lives.
      4. A grateful heart reminds us that God is the giver of all good gifts. We were never intended to be fully self-sufficient in life. Ultimately, He is our provider.
      5. A heart of gratitude leaves no room for complaining. It is impossible to give thanks and grumble at the same time.
      6. It makes the enemy flee. The forces of darkness are unable to stay around hearts that give thanks and honor to God.
      7. It opens the door to continued blessings and invites God’s presence into our lives. Our spirits are renewed and refreshed in Him. God loves to give good gifts to His children.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Luke 17:11-19
John 6:9-13 2 Corinthians 4:15, AMPC
Jeremiah 30:19 Colossians 3:15-17
Matthew 13:19 Mark 4:15
Philippians 4:6, 7 John 14:27
Isaiah 26:3 Mark 4:35-39

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