A Heart of Thanksgiving

  1. A heart of thanksgiving predicates the Lord being able to get involved in your deliverance and is required in the operation of the covenant.

Psalms 50:14-15 | TPT (14)  Why don’t you bring me the sacrifices I desire? Bring me your true and sincere thanks, and show your gratitude by keeping your promises to me, the Most High. (15)  Honor me by trusting in me in your day of trouble. Cry aloud to me, and I will be there to rescue you.  

  1. Thanksgiving must be present before you can experience the presence of God.

Psalms 69:30 NKJV (30)  I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving. 

Psalms 100:1-5 TPT (1)  A poetic song for thanksgiving. Lift up a great shout of joy to the Lord! Go ahead and do it—everyone, everywhere! (2)  As you serve him, be glad and worship him. Sing your way into his presence with joy! (3)  And realize what this really means—we have the privilege of worshiping the Lord our God. For he is our Creator and we belong to him. We are the people of his pleasure. (4)  You can pass through his open gates with the password of praise. Come right into his presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to him and affectionately bless his beautiful name! (5)  For the Lord is always good and ready to receive you. He’s so loving that it will amaze you—so kind that it will astound you! And he is famous for his faithfulness toward all. Everyone knows our God can be trusted, for he keeps his promises to every generation!

  1. Unless we become people with thankful hearts, it is not likely that we will see a manifestation of His power and goodness.

Psalms 136:1-3 | NKJV (1)  Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (2)  Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. (3)  Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever: 

Psalms 136:26 | NKJV (26)  Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever.

  1. For us to be rooted and established in faith requires a thankful heart.

Colossians 4:2 | AMPC (2)  Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving. 

Colossians 2:7 | AMPC (7)  Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.

  1. Scriptural prayer requires a heart of thanksgiving not a heart of desperation and anxiety.

Philippians 4:6 | AMPC (6)  Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.  

      • Your thanksgiving must always be greater than the prayer of petition.
      • The highest level of faith is when you can thank God for something you have asked for and yet do not have the manifestation.
  1. When you give God thanks, you release a grace in his heart that no other being can. The angels cannot – only God’s child can release that in His heart.

Luke 17:11-19 | NKJV (11)  Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. (12)  Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. (13)  And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” (14)  So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. 15)  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, (16)  and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. (17)  So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? (18)  Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” (19)  And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

      • All of the lepers released their faith and petitioned Jesus for what they desired. They all were obedient to do what He said and they all received their healing.
      • Jesus indicated that being made whole was available to all that were healed by asking, “Where are the others?”
      • But one took the time to thank Jesus for what He had received and therefore He was made whole.

Luke 17:16 | TPT (16)  When he found Jesus, he fell down at his feet and thanked him over and over, saying to him, “You are the Messiah.” This man was a Samaritan. 

Luke 17:16 | MSG (16)  He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.  

  1. Thanksgiving must be greater than one day a year. It must be a lifestyle.

Daniel 6:10 | NKJV (10)  Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.

Colossians 3:17 | NKJV (17)  And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Colossians 3:17 | MSG (17)  Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.