I have loved writing about the power of a thankful heart! I hope it's encouraged you as much as it's encouraged me. Well, I suppose it's time to wrap it up with this letter, and just like when Jesus turned water into wine, I'm leaving the best for last!
As promised, today I'd like to show you how a thankful attitude can enhance your life with a powerfully, supernatural response from God. So fasten your seatbelt and get ready for the ride of your life!
Did you know that giving your thankfulness a voice, (which is spontaneous praise), will causes a response from God that fills you with His supernatural power to overcome every obstacle in your life?
THANKSGIVING IS NOT A ONE-SIDED ACTION
I find it amazing that our thankfulness towards God, activates or reciprocates a powerful response from God into our lives. Have you noticed, with God it's never fair - it's always a win, win scenario for us. He just gives, and gives, and gives! That's because HE IS GOOD!
We have already established that the word thankful comes from the Greek word charis, meaning grace. Now the Word GRACE pops up several times in the New Testament. Let's take a quick look at Romans 1:11 "For I am yearning to see you, that I may impart and share with you some spiritual GIFT to strengthen and establish you"
The word GIFT in this verse is that same word charis used in the form of charisma. It's described as a SUPERNATURAL GIFT imparted by the Holy Spirit. Just like an ENABLEMENT from God that EQUIPS and STRENGTHENS a person in a supernatural manner. So, when we praise the Lord, from a thankful heart, as a reciprocated GIFT, the Holy Spirit enables and equips us with supernatural power, in the form of supernatural strength!
According to 2 Corinthians 12:9, grace is again referred to as a SUPERNATURAL STRENGTH, given to us to OVERCOME any trial that seems too difficult for us: My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Here the word grace or charis, is in the form chara, meaning JOY! Which is important to note because the supernatural strength is manifested in our lives as JOY!
JOY is a fruit of the Spirit purposed to INFUSE the believer with DIVINE STRENGTH TO OVERCOME. Just as Nehemiah 8:10 says, ".... the joy of the Lord is my strength!"
Let's summarise: Choosing to continually have a thankful heart, results in spontaneous praise, which builds our faith and releases the supernatural fruit of joy into our lives. This joy infuses us with divine inner strength that not only undergirds our faith, but enables us to overcome every obstacle we may encounter. Oh, and by the way, GRACE is also referred to as unmerited FAVOUR. Which means we don't overcome being all battered and weary, rather, we overcome with peace and favour! A beautiful testimony of the goodness of God in our lives - again!