“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” ( ► I Thessalonians 5:18 )
Supernatural Turnaround greetings to you and welcome to the last full week of May 2021. Last week, we began a series titled: Engaging the Power of Thanksgiving and using the gospel accounts of the feeding of the 5000, we established that thanksgiving is the vehicle that moves men from the realm of insufficiencies to that of all-sufficiency. As we continue with the series, I will like to begin by saying that thanksgiving is not only appropriate; it is also powerful and guarantees answers to our prayers (Matt. 6:9-13/Phi. 4:6)Between Acts 24 and Acts 28, the Bible has an account of Apostle Paul – a man who had learned the meaning of true thanksgiving, even in the midst of great adversity. Separated from friends, unjustly accused, brutally treated, languishing almost forgotten in a harsh Roman prison – if ever a person had a right to complain, it was this man, But instead of complaints, his lips rang with words of praise and thanksgiving!
From one end of the Bible to the other, we are commanded to be thankful. As a matter of fact, thankfulness is the natural outflowing of a heart that is attuned to God and God expects us to stay grateful regardless of what is happening in our lives. We are to thank God for the good, for the difficult, for the unknown, for the big decision we are facing, including challenging relationships.
Without a doubt, practicing daily thankfulness may seem like another chore, but the power of gratitude far outweighs the few minutes it takes to practice it. A heart of gratitude glorifies God, deepens our faith, defies the lies of Satan, draws us to God, brings peace; and guarantees our testimonies so the next time you are discouraged, I encourage you to thank God in your prayers. I have it on good authority that as you do, your perspective will change, and you’ll begin to experience more of His peace, kindness, compassion, and His love.
Your gratitude will provoke your turn-around