A Thankful Heart
I Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV
18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
In everything, not for everything
“In” in Greek means “in the midst of everything”, not for everything.
We thank God in the midst of all of these.
Ephesians 5:20 NKJV
20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
For is huper in Greek. The English word is over or upper.
The devil wants us under our problems and God wants us to live
above our problems by learning to thank Him.
Hebrews 13:15 NKJV
15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
It is a key that turns your situation around because it changes you, your outlook, and your attitude.
Unthankfulness dries up the soul.
Psalms 100:4-5 NKJV
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Unthankful people, in the mist of adversity, indulge themselves by wallowing in self-pity and bitterness, all the while taking a sort of delight in blaming God for their problems.
Job 13:15 NIVUK
15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.
1. Thankfulness can unshackle us from toxic emotions.
2. Being thankful helps even if you don’t share it.
3. Thankfulness and gratitude have lasting effects on the brain.
What if you woke up this morning with only what you thanked God for yesterday?
What if everyone threw all of their problems in a pile and, after seeing everyone else’s, decided to grab ours back?
1. Food the five loaves and two small fish.
John 6:11 NKJV
11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.
2. The Father heard His prayers
John 11:41 NKJV
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
3. The Father hides spiritual truth from the earthly wise and reveals it to babes
Luke 10:21 NLT
21 At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.
4. The cup and the bread
Luke 22:17, Luke 22:19 NLT
17 Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 19 He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”