CULTIVATE A LIFESTYLE OF THANKSGIVING


241 Cor. 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. NKJV

2 Cor. 2:14 14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, . . . . KJV

There is a connection between thanksgiving and victory. Thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph. That is talking about both present and future. This means you are thanking God for some things that haven’t happened yet. That is faith. Faith is the hand that takes from God’s outstretched hand of grace. To increase our capacity to receive from the grace of God, we must develop or cultivate a lifestyle of thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving opens up your spirit. It’s an act of faith that allows God to get in your business. God doesn’t tell us to thank Him so He can feel good. It positions us into the grace of God. When you thank God for meeting all your needs, it gives Him an entrance to meet your needs.

Ps 34:3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.

David was a king. Yet he said,

“Oh magnify the Lord with me. Let us exalt His name together. “

In Ps 69:30-32 David said,

“I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving. 31 This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull, Which has horns and hooves. 32 The humble shall see this and be glad; And you who seek God, your hearts shall live. “

In Luke 17, 10 men who were lepers cried out to Jesus for mercy. He told them what to do and as they went they were healed. Then one of them when he saw that he was healed came back and out loud glorified God. The Bible says He fell down on his face giving Him thanks. Jesus wasn’t embarrassed with the man’s loud praises, He expected all ten of them to be doing this. Then He said to this former leper, “Arise, go your way: your faith has made you whole.” This man left with his fingers, toes and everything he had lost through leprosy restored. He left whole. All ten were healed, but his one received total wholeness.   He magnified God, and accessed more grace. Jesus did not become bigger, the man gave more place to the One He glorified.

Whatever you magnify, you give it more place in your life. If you magnify the problem, you give problems more place in your life. If you magnify the symptoms, you give them more place. If you magnify the Healer, you give Him more space in your life. He gets bigger and healing gets bigger. Let me ask you a question. What are you magnifying in your life today? Things? Houses? Clothes? Or God? If you magnify God, you get all the above and so much more. Are you magnifying the bad economy or the favor of God? Are you magnifying your family problems or His grace for your family? When you come to church, what are you magnifying?

In our corporate worship, when we magnify the Lord, the Anointing that is released for that moment will never be experienced again. Why? Different people will be there, with different needs, with different expressions of thanksgiving. We create an atmosphere for Him to come and take His place. When He takes that place, what happens will never be repeated ever again. Very specific graces are being released when we are worshiping Him. Tailor made for different needs. Graces you can never access by yourself.

I’m telling you, don’t miss your opportunity to give thanks to His name in corporate worship. It’s life changing, its nation shaking, its healing, restoring and amazing.

If you’re cultivating a lifestyle of thanksgiving in your private life, you’re experiencing so much grace that when we gather together, you can’t wait to worship Him. When you do that, you access more victory.

Till next bulletin, thanks be to God Who ALWAYS causes us to triumph in Christ.