123. A Lifestyle of Thankfulness
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”
Psalm 69:30 “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.”
Psalm 7:17 “I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.”
Psalm 106:1 “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
Colossians 2:6-7 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
John 11:41 “So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me.’”
Psalm 100:4 MSG “Enter with the password: ‘Thank you!’ Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him.”
Matthew 15:36 “Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.”
Luke 17:11-19 “Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[b] met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Why Should We Be Thankful?
- Because God is worthy, and He is good.
- Because God commands us to be!
- When we choose to give thanks, we bring glory to God.
- God multiplies thankfulness.
What Does Thankfulness Do?
- Thankfulness pleases the Lord.
- Thankfulness removes room for complaining.
- Thankfulness takes the focus off of you and puts it onto God.
- Thankfulness unlocks miracles.
- Thankfulness brings blessing.
Stories of Thankfulness in the Bible
- 10 men with leprosy were healed but only one man told Jesus thank you. His thankfulness unlocked additional blessings for him.
- Daniel prayed and thanked God and as a result God protected him and delivered him from the lion’s den. Daniel’s praise saved his life. It unlocked blessing and miracles.
- Hannah prayed a prayer of thanksgiving after receiving her miracle son.
- Paul sang praises to God while he was in prison and that unlocked a miracle.
- When Jesus gave thanks and broke the bread, not only did the 7 loaves and 2 fish multiply to feed all 4,000 but God gave them so much food that there were leftovers.
- When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, Jesus first thanked the Father.
“God is worthy of our thankfulness.” – Caroline
“It is God’s will for us to give thanks in all circumstances.” – Caroline
“There is something so powerful about praising God through your storms.” – Caroline
“When we chose to give thanks, we bring glory to God.” – Caroline
“The words that come out of your mouth matter.” – Caroline
“Thankfulness unlocks miracles, and it brings blessing.” – Caroline
“The power of praise and thankfulness will unlock the chains of bondage that you are in.” – Caroline
“Thanking God ahead of time sets you up to receive blessings from God in such abundant ways.” – Caroline
“Thankfulness is a lifestyle.” – Caroline
“When you operate from a place of thanksgiving, atmospheres will shift.” – Caroline
“Thankfulness unlocks the door to heaven.” – Caroline