The Power of Two Simple Words

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The Power of Two Simple Words

 

 

Over fifty years ago, the Canadian Parliament proclaimed the second Monday in October to be “a day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed…” Like most Canadians, our family begins the celebration the weekend before. That’s this coming weekend! I love the opportunity to gather with and enjoy my family and my church family.

Thanksgiving weekend approaching, I have been giving much thought to what it means to give thanks. I suppose I truly started thinking about this topic while at the SocialBoom conference.

The Thank You Economy

Gary Vaynerchuck, one of the featured speakers at a conference I recently attended, is author of The Thank You Economy. Gary is making a massive income from practising and promoting being consciously grateful. I thought, here is a worldly man prospering from applying a biblical principle while many Christians don’t appreciate all the ways they are blessed. We sometimes need to be reminded to be thankful and even to say: thank you! There is something special about those words. People respond when we express our thanks with the right attitude. When we lapse in our gratitude, we miss out on God’s best – for us and those around us.

God Is Serious About Our Thankfulness

Colossians 3:17 is a wonderful scripture; it tells us to give thanks to God in whatever we do in word or deed. Think about it. Whatsoever you say or do, do it in the name of Jesus and give thanks to God. Now, that’s an all-inclusive statement! God is obviously serious about our giving thanks. Have you ever wondered why?

First, a thankful heart is a humble heart. Thankfulness is anchored in the understanding that we are completely dependent on God. There is nothing we can do without His grace and mercy. Also, giving thanks to God releases His supernatural power into our lives. If you lack in any area – spiritual, physical, financial – start giving thanks for God’s provision, then stand back and watch God work.

“In Everything, Give Thanks”

I know. It is not always easy to give thanks. Just like you, I find it easiest to give thanks when everything goes well and according to my desires. But God calls us to give thanks in everything. There’s no wiggle room, is there? Everything is everything.

When challenges come, we can choose to be thankful for the opportunity to overcome or master something. Giving thanks strengthens our faith and releases the power of God in the situation. Suddenly, we are accomplishing or overcoming what we never thought possible. God causes us to be successful.

So, let’s decide that regardless of how our day is going, we will give thanks for everything that He is doing in and through us all day long, and even as we sleep! Each day is made by God for us to enjoy and to more fully enjoy our relationship with Him. That in itself is something for which we can give thanks. And by doing so we disrupt the plans of the devil.

Giving Thanks Disrupts The Devil’s Plan

When we express our gratitude to God, we remind ourselves and the devil we are submitted to God and God alone. So those problems and fiery darts that Satan sends our way are stopped by the wall of faith that has been built from the bricks of gratitude.

Satan is opposed to God and always wants us to do the opposite of what God says to do. He delights if we murmur, complain and blame God for our problems. When we instead choose to thank God, not for the attack, but for His power to help us overcome, it will change our attitude and strengthen our faith. You may be wondering if gratitude in the face of adversity is practical.

Practically Speaking

I once heard it said “revelation without manifestation is a missed opportunity.” I’m standing in faith that we have had a revelation about giving thanks. Let’s talk about how to manifest thankfulness so we don’t miss our opportunities. Perhaps you are facing a challenge as you read this. Let’s apply the principal of gratitude. Believe that your steps are ordered by the Lord and begin giving thanks today in the midst of your trials.

Instead of focusing on the challenge, see it as an opportunity to achieve something—to obtain the promises of God in that area. Turn that challenge into an opportunity for God to manifest and transform the situation. Teach this to others. Share your gratefulness for the ways God has worked in your life. There is nothing you can’t do with God on your side. Consider your problem as already solved and give Him thanks!

Even though it goes against our flesh, gratitude in the face of adversity is practical because its benefits far outweigh the momentary satisfaction of negativity. Thankfulness is always the right choice.

The Thank You Revolution

Gratitude or thankfulness is such a powerful principle. If an author coming from a worldly perspective has been blessed by proclaiming a life of gratitude, how much more should we as Christians obey God’s will in this matter? Start your own “Thank You Revolution” right now. Become more aware of giving thanks and then teach others to do the same. Start small. Be sincere. And just watch what God will do! There is something about a grateful heart that opens doors.

I encourage you to thank God, not just during the holidays, but every day. In everything you do and everything you say, give thanks. Recognize who is in charge and give Him honor by giving thanks!

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Comments

  1. When we express our gratitude to God, we remind ourselves and the devil we are submitted to God and God alone. I love this, especailly that part about being submitted to God and God alone…as the bible says submit to God and the devil will flee.. you just gave us the secret to submitting…thankfulness. :-)

  2. I have found that thankfulness to other dramatically disrupts their foul attitudes. Saying “Thank You very much.” without a hint of sarcasm to the toll booth attendant forces them to deal with their distasteful attitude.

    I have also found that thankfulness to God dramatically disrupts MY foul attitude. I can’t stay angry or disgusted or discontent when I am saying ‘Thank You’ to God
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  3. Excellent article, Olga!

    “Instead of focusing on the challenge, see it as an opportunity to achieve something—to obtain the promises of God in that area.”

    Graham Cooke says our problems are like 2-side coins… problem on one side and provision on the other. Every problem comes equipped with it’s own provision… so we are actually being equipped and provided for to reach our potential when problems come our way!

    Gratitude for good things is natural, but gratitude even for the problems takes thoughtful consideration and assurance that God has something good up His sleeve! I can never be reminded of this Truth often enough – thanks, Olga!
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  4. Thank you for always writing such a splendid blog. I am packed with gratitude towards you and the simple, yet profound reminders to always live our best life!

  5. I really enjoyed this one Olga. I was definitely moved to be more conscious of being being thankful even in rough times.
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  6. What a fantastic reminder of the power of gratitude! My grandson is learning to say the words, “Thank you”, but not certain he understands the meaning quite yet. Here’s to practicing gratitude daily, unconnected to whether or not ‘things’ are going our way!!
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  7. I have been much more intentional about being grateful this year thanks to some great friends I have been blessed to meet – including you Olga! It is a wonderful thing to live in a place of thankfulness and gratitude! I love this line from your post and I have found it to be very true in my own life – “When we lapse in our gratitude, we miss out on God’s best – for us and those around us.” I hope you and your family had a very blessed Thanksgiving together!
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  8. Thanks so much for your wonderful article. I enjoyed the comments as well. I have been keeping a gratitude journal for several years now and have definitely noticed a difference. I also know that when some time goes by and I don’t write in my journal, my life doesn’t work as well as it does when gratitude it at the forefront of my consciousness. I appreciate you!

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