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Let Your Faith Say “Thank you!”

Wouldn't it be great to have Thanksgiving 365 days a year?! We can because Thanksgiving isn't just a holiday; it's an attitude of the heart. We celebrate every day because no matter what is going on in life, we can find a reason to thank God. 

Having an attitude of thanksgiving all depends on what you choose to focus on. You can either focus on your problems, or you can focus on your blessings. The question is: Do you want more problems, or do you want more blessings? Living with an attitude of gratitude means that you don't just thank God for what He did in the past, but you also thank Him for what He will do in the future. You thank Him for opening new doors. You thank Him for increasing you. You thank Him for bringing the right people into your life. 

When we thank God in advance, that's really a declaration of faith. Your thanks is saying, "God, I'm so sure of Your goodness, I'm so sure that You're working in my life that I'm going to thank You right now for what You are going to do tomorrow!" Remember, faith is what pleases God. Faith is what moves Him. Faith is what opens the door for His promises to enter your life. Today and every day have an attitude of gratitude and let your faith say thank you!

"O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!" (1 Chronicles 16:34, AMP)

 

Power beyond Your Ability

Sometimes we can set out to do something with confidence in ourselves, and then we hit a point where we realize—you know what? This is hard! We think, "God, You told me to do something, and I just really want to do it well, but I don't know if I can." We start to struggle, trying to do our best for God when all the while, God is saying, "I haven't asked you to do this alone. I said I'll always be with you. I'll never leave you nor forsake you!" Sometimes we put more confidence in our ability than we do God's ability. Not intentionally, but what we focus on is what will be magnified; and when we focus on our strengths and limitations, we can hit a plateau in life. 

Jesus said, "I am the vine and you are the branches. Apart from Me, you can do nothing." It doesn't matter how good you are at something in the natural, without Him, you can never fulfill your destiny. You'll never see your greatest feats. You'll never dream your biggest dreams or accomplish your biggest successes without placing your faith in Almighty God. That's because God is our power source! We need to get up every morning and power up with Him.

Just like you would plug your phone in, we need to plug our spiritual life into God, too. And all through the day, we need to check our levels. You check the power of your phone all day long, don't you? You know when you're at 50%, 40%, 13%. You know when you are getting low and need to plug back in. Do you ever check the power of God in your life? Do you say, "God, it's time for me to stop what I'm doing and go plug into You?" Most people carry a phone charger with them or leave one in their car because they don't want to be without power. Well, you can connect with God all through the day, too. He is closer than the air you breathe. All you have to do is call on His name and turn your attention to Him. Reach up and acknowledge Him, give Him praise and thanksgiving, and He will give you power beyond your own ability! 

"For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power." (1 Corinthians 4:20, NKJV)

 

Shake Off Heaviness

Oftentimes, heaviness starts out as a little care or concern. What begins as a small burden grows and grows. Then, you start taking on responsibilities that aren't yours. You start thinking that you have to keep everyone around you happy, or you start worrying about things in the future. All of this piled on becomes very heavy on your heart and mind. 

The Bible says that heaviness is actually a spirit. The goal of heaviness is to distract you and get you off track. Heaviness tries to keep your head down so that you can't even look up to the heavens—the place from where your help comes. Heaviness tries to wear you out and take the place of God's spirit, but do you know what chases that spirit of heaviness away? Praise and thanksgiving. Scripture says that God inhabits the praises of His people. He literally comes into our praise and works! When you start praising, God shows up in your midst and every negative spirit has to flee!

If you have heaviness on you today, if you feel trapped, overwhelmed, discouraged, frustrated or anxious, there is only one thing you need to do, and that is to open your mouth and praise Almighty God! Even if it's difficult, even if you don't feel like it, just open your mouth and begin to declare His goodness. Sometimes we have to stir ourselves up in the things of God. Sometimes we have to get our flesh to obey the Word of God so we can see the breakthrough in the supernatural realm. 

Today, put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3). Set your heart and mind on the Father. Instead of focusing on your problems, focus on your God. Don't let worry get you stuck, but let praise get you through! Enter His gates with thanksgiving, shake off heaviness and embrace the peace, joy and victory God has prepared for you!

 
 

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