Thanks, The Door of Blessing

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Okay, this has been one of the hardest posts to write. I have been trying for days to complete this and it has been so difficult. I believe the warfare is so huge because this is such a vital message. It is a crucial element of every Christian life! It seems everything is pushing back against me writing on how to open the door of blessing with giving thanks.

As I’ve written in several posts lately, there are many that are being tempted to dilute their lives with anger and hatred. Voices are beckoning us away from our Shepherd to gain our attention and focus in circumstance and situation. Whether it’s politics, fear tactics, or sometimes both, these voices are screaming, “HEY, look at me!” And it’s one thing to refuse to listen to another’s voice but quite another to combat its distraction with the power of thanks. Today I want to write on the amazing power of giving thanks, which opens the door of blessing.

Power of Giving Thanks

Power of Giving Thanks
It is impossible to walk in this world and not encounter hurtful and painful circumstances and situations. Even Christ Himself experienced troubling difficulties in His life. We walk on a planet that is less than perfect and being on it will cause us pain. But I have a huge revelation about how to break through to make all situations beneficial: THANKS!

Giving thanks for bad and painful circumstances sounds odd. “Why in the world would I be grateful for things that appear to be detrimental or hurtful?” Because every circumstance contains blessing for the child of God. If I give thanks, it’s impossible for me to be His and not be blessed by His hands. All the things that He allows will bless me because He is blessing. The key, though, is thanks. Gratitude and giving thanks opens the door to my receiving His blessing in all of my circumstances. Conversely, ingratitude prevents me from receiving the benefits assigned to me from all my situations. Ingratitude shuts the door on God’s gift of blessing.

Scripture says, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18). The reason God wants us to thank Him for everything is because this is the way to access His abundant life. The abundant life is where everything becomes our blessing and we receive this through thanks. God is not sadistic saying, “Thank ME for everything, especially those things that hurt you, mwahahaha!” Rather He is saying, “Thank ME for everything because I want everything to bless you.”

The Art of Thanks and Gratitude

The Art of Thanks and Gratitude
There’s an art to being grateful, and the lack of it is the end of life. Romans One tells us there is a downward spiral of degradation for any who fail to be grateful. This entropy leads to every kind of immorality and mental illness, something we’re seeing as prevalent in our society.

A while back I wrote a series of posts about entitlement. I stated that entitlement is a deadly pandemic. Today I’m seeing the answer to this pervasive disease is gratitude. Gratitude seems to be the antidote for the deadly poison of entitlement.

Honoring God as God and giving thanks seems to be the answer. For what, you might ask? Here is the list found in Romans 1.

List of the Consequences of Ingratitude

List of the Consequences of Ingratitude
Being filled with all unrighteousness, Pride, Greed, Malice, Sexual immorality, Homosexual Acts, Envy, Covetousness, Rivalry, Treachery, Haughtiness, Strife, Deceit, being Evil-minded, Disrespectful of parents, Faithless, Murderous, Spiteful, spreading Gossip, being Insolent/Reviling, Boastful, Senseless, Heartless, Ruthless, Violent, Backbiting, Inventors of evil things, Undiscerning, Untrustworthy, Unloving, Unforgiving, Unmerciful, Haters of God.

WOW, a high a price to pay for the privilege of being able to withhold gratitude. I can’t say I haven’t danced all over this list as I have refused to honor our God as God and resisted being grateful. The repercussions of being ungrateful to God are great. While the design of this life is that we would be blessed regardless of the circumstance, thanks is the door to receiving the blessings God wishes to give. Imagine if everything blessed you just because you were willing to thank God, giving Him honor as God.

If you haven’t read the booklet God’s Sovereignty by Martha Kilpatrick, or listened to her CD series The Healing Power of Giving Thanks, I think you would be enriched and encouraged by them. I’ll even offer you 25% off if you don’t have them yet. The power of thanks is so much more than simply mouthing words; it’s the experience of His abundant life and the peace we so long-fully desire. Use Coupon Code: THANKS at checkout at LivingChristianBooks.com to get your discount.

 

Comments:

Posted by DW
May 27, 2017 at 6:58 am

Could the giving of thanks be our response to his patient standing at the door of our heart and knocking(Rev. 3:20), waiting for us to surrender our desires, plans and loves to Him?

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Posted by Lt
May 26, 2017 at 6:57 am

Oh yes, i echo the thanks, John! The passages (Romans & Thessalonians) and what you have written has proven True, painfully, hideously and then gloriously True in my life. Whenever i withhold my thanks, the consequences come quickly: that described and horrible decline of ‘o woe is me’ in this circumstance then into every circumstance … of delusion, depression, sexual immorality, unforgiveness, bitterness, rejection, hatred, revenge murder in my heart – and absolutely yes, entitlement…i’m miserable, now you owe me and i’m taking what i deserve… Ach! It (Romans 1) was really my old life story …. and i pray 1 Thes as my new life story : ) Oh how i see it today and never did at the time. i hardened my heart against God and blamed Him instead of thanking him – for He IS Sovereign and He is Good! Oh, i am so sorry God, And i never ever thought that He would (or frankly, could) take what i called ‘bad’ in my life and turn it to music and joy and dancing by a simple ‘Thank You’. Literally from darkness to light, depression to joy, terrible hateful thinking, blame and frankly mental illness to thankfulness and clarity, rage to acceptance and love, isolation to acceptance. From hate to love! This is no small miracle !! He can and He does, and He did! And HE is Vindicated and Revealed – not as the ‘mwahaha make you wanna suffer’ god, but as Who He Really Is … Good! And Love! And as He says, He makes all things work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. And Joel describes Him, “ He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness and He revokes His sentence of evil when His conditions are met.” And He did and does bring repentance and can and has and does (and i pray still brings healing to those i hurt in my life’s too long unthankful tantrum. Please, God bring more.

Something Martha said during one of the recent podcasts: “Thank You says and believes that Everything is Love.” Oh It is! Because, as you all have taught and shared and lived, God IS Love! God IS Sovereign and He IS Good! He is our Father! And thankfully so. He is so worthy of praise and thanks. Nebuchadnezzar and i both found it out the hard way – HE is GOD! And He is GOOD! John, you are SO right – a simple Thank You solves that whole hideous list and our lives. Martha has said too that it, the solution, has to be simple – sheep are simple! And i praise and bless You forever, God – for making me a sheep – simple and stupid and finally, i hope and pray, happily and thankfully so : ) and for You making it simple. THANK YOU!!! Give us such a national, churchwide, corporate shout of Thanks!

May this be shouted from the rooftops in glorious praise and THANKS! Oh, God, let the whole world know – let this be part of the revival You are bringing to these shores! Please let us see how simple it is! And how Sovereign and Good You are. And forgive us for our wrong and hateful thinking against You, and help us forgive others – o God, open our eyes and our hearts to see that You and everything and everyone you ever brought in our lives has been for life and blessing.

dear John, your writing, the resources you shared, Martha’s own story in God’s Sovereignty, the podcasts on being thankful, the cd’s, and the consistent teaching and love of God from Shulamite have been instrumental and so vital. Thank You, Jesus, thank you, John and Shulamite, and forever thank You, Father.

sorry this is so long and i hope it’s not too rambly but May i mention one other thing? that Thanks wasn’t mine. I didn’t work it up because i didn’t have it – i really don’t think it was in me to give thanks. I really believe He gave it and gives it and gives it again. So all i can ever do is thank Him- even for the thanks. And love Him for it is that right? Martha wrote that initially her thanks was simply a decision. So please, Lord, help us decide and in everything give thanks.

God is so rich in His kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the Blood of His Son and forgave us our sin ! Thank You!

“if I give thanks, it’s impossible for me to be His and not be blessed by His hands. All the things that He allows will bless me because He is blessing.” Love and Joy and His blessings in your journey, dear John! and did i mention…thank you!

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    Posted by John Enslow
    May 26, 2017 at 10:40 am

    This is like a thanks explosion, and I love it. It isn’t too long, it felt like you were just overjoyed and if that is your take away from this message HOORAY! Thank you for your willingness to share. I absolutely love this line: “I really believe He gave it and gives it and gives it again. So all I can ever do is thank Him – even for the thanks.” Again Hooray!

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    Posted by tammy
    May 27, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Your exuberance leaps off of the page! How beautiful.

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    Posted by Martha Kilpatrick
    May 29, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Dear Lt, what you wrote was so rich, wise and exuberant, it gave me much joy. I’ll be reading it again. A Classic about thanksgiving! May you be heard in distant places.
    Thank you for such a gift TO US.

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Posted by Pauline
May 26, 2017 at 1:53 am

Thank you, John, for pressing through. Father uses your posts to teach me and though I don’t always understand or am too focused on self to receive it, many times He brings me back to see with His eyes. With one of your posts, it took a whole week to receive it. He is good!
The CD series is one of Martha’s best. Gave it away shortly after listening; now want to go back and hear again. Thanks for the reminder and encouragement.
Man of God, you bless me — I am grateful for you!
Love

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    Posted by John Enslow
    May 26, 2017 at 5:45 am

    This lesson has taken me a lifetime. It is hard to come by but the rewards are so amazing and the results to not doing it are too costly. Bless you Pauline. Thank you for your encouragement and love! Please send my love to Stephen. Blessings and love to you!

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Posted by Payatt
May 25, 2017 at 9:53 pm

God has been granting me so much peace and gladness in my heart as a result of giving thanks repetitively every day no matter what the current state my life is and continuing to ask God where is the blessing in my life today. The idea of giving thanks and its fruits have never really been clear to me until this last couple weeks and thanks to God for this revelation, for his is the glory and he alone is deserving of it.

Thanks, for the article John

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    Posted by John Enslow
    May 26, 2017 at 5:49 am

    The revelation of thanks, which the Lord has given to you is a gift indeed. It is amazing how He can show us blessing in even the hardships. Just the other day He revealed great blessing in something that has been a lifetime of pain. Only God could do this and I love Him for it! Thank you Payatt for your encouragement! Keep on thanking…

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