As I have been praying about the partner letter this month, one thing continually came to mind.
A heart of thanksgiving.
I want to share a story with you, a true story that happened to me just last week.
As some of you may know, I had an infection in my mouth that caused me a great deal of pain. It seemed like each morning as I showered all I could do was pray and ask God to heal me, remove the pain and then receive my healing by faith.
I did that for several days.
Then one morning, I went about my normal routine and started to pray and ask God to heal this infection, remove the pain and make me whole. However, as I began to pray, I stopped. I did not pray and ask God for anything. I began to think of things I could thank Him for. I thanked Him that I was able to eat again, I thanked Him that Jesus bore my pain at the cross. The more I gave thanks, the more I could think of to thank Him for. By the time I was dressed and ready for my day, my heart was filled with thanksgiving. My heart in this circumstance had completely changed.
I went about my morning, it took a while for me to even notice that the pain was gone and I was feeling much better. That day I began to give thanks more and more.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says; ‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’
It is not always easy to give thanks, frankly, it wasn’t easy that day. I was giving thanks in spite of the pain, in spite of the infection knowing this is the very thing we must do in order to see God’s will accomplished in our lives. Thanksgiving will cause us to move into higher realms of faith.
Thanksgiving breaks the power of the enemy. I saw it do just that.
Whenever you give thanks to God, despite the most difficult circumstances, the enemy loses a big battle in your life. When you give thanks in the midst of difficulty, you bring pleasure to God’s heart. He is looking for those who live in a realm of praise and thanksgiving where the enemy no longer has an ability to hold or manipulate that person. Satan is defeated when we have a thankful heart because thankfulness during difficulty is a sacrifice that is well pleasing to God.
How about you? Are you thankful? Are you thankful for your present circumstances? Thankfulness is a key to your life and life more abundantly. Thanksgiving may very well be the key that turns your situation around. Why? Because it changes you, your perception, and your attitude. It’s a heart change.
There is power in a thankful heart.
Today, as you sow your monthly seed for October, I want you to pray about sowing a seed of Thanksgiving. We read about the thank offering in Lev. 7:12. Let me share some insights I found on the thank offering:
The thank offering or sacrifice of thanksgiving was an optional offering. This is also termed the “thanksgiving offering.”
If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried. Lev 7:12
The Hebrew noun todah “thanksgiving” is derived from the Hiphil of the verb yadah “to praise.”
First let me point out; a thanksgiving offering is OPTIONAL. You do not have to live a life of thankfulness, it is your choice, but as you choose to be thankful, you are choosing life.
And…a thanksgiving offering is perceived by God as PRAISE. I can think of no better way to praise God than to have a heart of thanksgiving.
As you sow your thank offering today, I pray and declare that the enemy’s hold is broken in your life. To God be all the glory!
Today, I pray – Father, today we give you thanks for all the wonderful things you have done. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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