We can never underestimate the power of simple "thanksgiving". Did you know that the more thanks that you give to God the closer you come to His heart?
The truth is that if we don't live a life of thankfulness then it is almost guaranteed we will revert to a life of grumbling and complaining. When we give thanks we are welcoming the Presence of His Spirit in our lives which, in turn, opens our eyes to see more of His goodness! This makes us want to give Him thanks even more.
Giving thanks to God takes us higher in His Presence.
We really do enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. It is all true that you can't really praise God unless you are thankful.
Take some time to think of things to be thankful for today. If you know Him that is enough to be overwhelmingly thankful for!
2 Peter 1:4 "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."
2 Corinthians 13:4 "For though He was crucified through weakness, yet He liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you."
Philippians 4:6 "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
James 1:4 "But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."
Psalm 34:1 "I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth."
Isaiah 66:12 "For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream."
John & Brandi Belt
Overflow Global Ministries