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Thank Him in Advance
By Joel Osteen - Dec 27, 2015

It's interesting to see all of the "thankful" posts at this time of the year. People go out of their way to show their gratitude, and that's good! We should express our thanks and let our loved ones know we appreciate them. We may celebrate Thanksgiving once a year; however, we should live in it 365 days a year.

Living with an attitude of thanksgiving begins by what you set your 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? 

When you are truly living with an attitude of thanksgiving, you don't just thank God for what He did in the past, you aren't just thankful for today, but you also thank Him for what He will do in the future. You are thankful that He will open new doors. You are thankful that He will increase you. You are thankful that He will bring the right people into your life.

When we thank God in advance, it'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."

Always remember, faith is what pleases God. Faith opens the door for His promises. Faith says "thank you." So thank God for what He has done, and thank Him in advance for what He will do in your future!

"O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness endures forever." (1 Chronicles 16:34, AMP)
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