Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19-20
Most people underrate the power thanksgiving carries. We often offer thanks after receiving what we ask for, but is it possible to offer thanks even before you see the manifestation of what you’re expecting?
The revelation of what our Lord Jesus did for us should spur thanksgiving in our hearts at all times. The best way to apply the power of thanksgiving is to use it even when it looks like nothing is happening. I know this may sound a bit weird but that is exactly how faith works.
We don’t have to see the manifestation of what we have asked God for before we thank Him. If you believe that you have been heard, then you know you have your petition met, and the next thing is to go on and thank Him. Like faith, thanksgiving pleases the Father and gets Him to complete what He has started.
20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. Romans 4:20
Abraham loved giving thanks. He knew God would perform His Word regardless – so instead of him wavering due to the delay, he zoomed into giving God thanks for what He promised. God is not deaf, neither is He forgetful. I have heard things like: “let’s remind God to do this or that”. The truth is, no one can remind God – He is the reminder!
God is not human – no one can remind Him of anything; rather go into thanksgiving when you feel like what you have asked for hasn’t manifested. Abraham did that and got what he wanted.
Thanksgiving Works Alongside Faith
As you, therefore, have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding [d]in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7
If you want to flourish in your faith, then make thanksgiving an integral part of your life. Without faith, it is impossible to please God, and without thanksgiving, it is easy to doubt Him. When you know what God has done in Christ for you, thanking Him will not be a problem.
Faith comes by hearing the word of God. In other words, to walk in faith is to walk in the Word – the word of God becomes your vision and compass. God cannot do anything without His Word therefore, the hearing of the Word should not only produce faith but thanksgiving.
If you can believe God for what you have not seen with your physical eyes, then you can equally thank Him for what you have not also seen. This is the reality of our lives in Christ Jesus. Before anything takes place in the material realm, it ought to have taken place in the realm of the spirit. The Word of God is Spirit, and to receive the glory it carries requires you to walk in the Spirit.
The power of thanksgiving is to acknowledge God for what He has done in the Spirit which will eventually take place in the physical. Many want to see the healing, breakthrough, money, etc before they thank God for it. No! Thank Him for the very moment you received the Word concerning what you asked for.
Don’t walk in faith and be disgruntled. If there is faith enough to receive, go higher by applying the power of thanksgiving. It will strengthen your faith and make you quickly manifest the glory of the Lord.
Read Further: Colossians 3:16-17, Psalm 100:4
Prayer For Today
Holy Father, I thank you in the name of the Lord Jesus for all that you did for me in Christ. By faith, I receive with thanksgiving all that your Word has delivered to me. I thank you for your kindness and love. Your name is glorified forevermore – Amen!