Being thankful is contagious. It is good to give thanks!
“Thanks so much for all your help, and please let me know if I can do anything for you”, the woman said as she handed me her business card and moved toward her car. I felt blessed as I watched her get in her car and drive away. Blessed that I was able to help her, blessed because she expressed thanks for that blessing. Somehow receiving that heartfelt “thank you” made me want to go out and find someone else to bless.
I think God feels the same way. He gives so generously; His love, His blessings, His peace, His comfort, His guidance. Being thankful brings continued blessings, and there are many ways we can give thanks.
“…be thankful unto Him, and bless His name”. Psalm 100:4
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In Psalm 100:4 it says, “…be thankful unto Him, and bless His name”. Being thankful brings continued blessings, and there are many ways we can give thanks.
Thanking Him for His provision with tithes is a biggie in my eyes. Tithing has become a hot topic for debate in my neck of the woods, and the discussion of gross wages vs. net wages rages on. God said to give of your “first fruits”, which to me means “off the top”. I do know that when I obey God and thank Him with my tithes, the blessings just keep on coming.
Thank Him verbally. Thank Him for keeping you safe when traveling. Thank Him by sharing His blessings to you with others. I thank Him for each beautiful day. Thank Him for your meal, for family, for friends. It’s what God wants us to do.
In everything give thanks, for this is the Will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Read in Context
Gee, do you think He is trying to tell us something?
Ephesians 5:20 tells us to “give thanks always in all things”. Read in Context
Thank Him when you pray. I took a class in how to pray effectively before being allowed to join our prayer team at church. One of the things they pointed out, which I had never considered before, is thanking Him for what He has already done before lifting your petitions up to Him.
It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? How can you ask for more unless you have thanked Him for what you already have? Humble yourself before Him with thanks and gratitude.
When I pray for people at the altar, I start by offering thanks for all the blessings He has bestowed thus far. I’ve gotten some funny looks or comments from people, especially those who have fallen on hard times.
They don’t understand how they can thank Him when they’re hurting or depressed or hungry. I try to impress on them that God wants us to be thankful in “ALL THINGS”; not just the good stuff, but also the bad. It’s a way of demonstrating our trust in Him–a reminder that without Him, we are nothing; we have nothing; we can do nothing.
Give thanks in all things. It is the will of God. Right now. Think about all the blessings you have received, be thankful!
When was the last opportunity you had to give thanks?
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