"In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." I Thessalonians 5:18
Giving thanks in all things and for all things is God’s will for us. As believers in Jesus Christ, we choose an attitude of thankfulness; it is a statement of our innermost being knowing that all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28). Discovering the joy and power of a thankful attitude comes from learning experiences. We are always to be thankful, not allowing circumstances or emotions to cause thanksgiving to cease (Ephesians 5:20, Colossians 3:17). Choosing an attitude of thanksgiving affects our outlook, disposition and relationship with others. We cannot always control what happens or what comes our way, but we can choose our attitude and response to any situation.
The Holy Spirit is our ability to be thankful in all things. A thankful attitude and our spoken words of faith activate the Holy Spirit to provide the provision of God’s promises. Releasing the Holy Spirit, by faith, to be our joy is the way of transformation from becoming emotionally and circumstanced controlled to being Spirit lead. We dare not pick and choose what we give thanks for. What we cannot say ‘thank you’ for, we cannot practice faith in. Faith is speaking like we already have what we want. It requires speaking God’s Word everyday no matter what situation we are facing. When we walk with the Lord and experience Him in us, there is no escape from thankfulness and saying thank you in and for all things. Release the Holy Spirit to be your helper in choosing the way of the Lord.
Why is it important to choose a moment-by-moment attitude of thanksgiving? In the Old Testament, we are called to be a chooser (Deuteronomy 30: 15). If we do not live with joyfulness and gladness for the abundance of all things, we will not be victorious in life, and we will serve our enemies (Deuteronomy 28:47). One of the biggest schemes the devil uses is blocking revelation and knowledge. His plan is to get us emotionally and circumstance controlled; away from the truth in God’s Word.
For years, humans can attempt to ‘find’ themselves, be happy, trying hard to be successful or healthy. If we live a ‘try-hard-self-effort’ life without God, the law of faith will gradually take away what we have. The concept of old age will finally be our biggest excuse for lack of knowledge and revelation. By turning away from worldly thinking and renewing your mind according to the Word of God, emotions and circumstances will serve you (Romans 12:2). We become a person who lives because of Jesus Christ rather than a person who lives for Him.
Victory in life, health and peace is for every individual; it is an inside job. The revelation is simple: By the power of speaking Jesus Christ’s name, we release the Holy Spirit to be our life, health and peace. He is our treasure and excellancy of power now (II Corinthians 4:7). No trying, only trusting!
Thoughts to Stop and Replace
1. Stop believing that lack, insecurity, disease and addictions are real. If we continue to believe they are real, they will be real. As you believe, it is done to you (Matthew 8:13). We can fight to overcome lack, insecurity, disease and addictions all our lives, thinking this is being Christian, but still be frustrated because of no victory. So the saying that it is really hard to be a Christian became an accepted idea. This concept is opposite of Jesus’ saying, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:30. Replace the old thought to, “I stop trying and start trusting.”
2. Stop complaining and judging yourself, others and life. There is a big reason Jesus said to judge not (Romans 2:1). When we focus our thoughts and conversations on the shortcomings of others, we are being deceived about our own conduct. A critical judgment offends, creates seeds of return, blocks future provision and keeps us from victory.
3. Practice meeting life, events and people with grace and thankfulness. Thankfulness and a thankful attitude is the doorway for our greatness and provision. A thankful attitude is the only choice if we want to experience fullness, live in complete victory and be able to declare, “Something good is coming to me in this situation so I can share it with others.”
Lord Jesus Christ, because of You, I see clearly that lack is not real, it is not normal to be sick and addictions are excuses for self-consciousness. I am now a container for the Holy Spirit who is my total provision and continuous supply. Thank you now and always. Amen.