Do you understand the power of thanksgiving? I’m talking about being thankful and grateful rather than complaining.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Find the good things in your life to be thankful for. Write them down. Offer up a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord and open the door for miracles to come your way.
Can you think of anything for which to be thankful?
I saw an interview a while ago with a Los Angeles Lifeguard—a real Baywatch hero. He said that since becoming a lifeguard, he had rescued 223 people. And out of that 223, only three came back to thank him. Imagine that!
Jesus had a similar experience. He had just healed ten lepers, yet only one of them bothered to come back and say, “thanks.” That’s incredible. Jesus said the one who took the time to say “thanks” received something the other nine did not. The other nine were healed, but the one who stopped to thank Jesus was made whole. That means that the others got rid of their leprosy but still bore the scars of what it had done to them. The Bible says the thankful man was made whole. His missing extremities, lost from leprosy, now returned.
Opening The Gate To Miracles
Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Thanksgiving does something supernatural.
In the Hebrew language, the suggestion is that the word “thanksgiving”—the act of being grateful— opens the gate for miracles. It brings supernatural grace or favor into our lives. Jim Rohn, a man who has studied the lives of successful men and women across America, made an interesting discovery. He said the number one key to happiness, achievement, and success is first to be thankful. Amazing! We’ve all known gripers and complainers and criticizers. And it’s true. They’re not very happy people. They’re in the majority. But you can be in the minority and open the gate to miracles and favor in your life by being thankful. Success and happiness can be yours through thanksgiving.
And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
It’s true. Thankfulness leads to wholeness.
And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
Thankfulness can multiply your goods.
Years ago, I figured out how to hook two cassette tape recorders together to duplicate tapes. I made a copy of a tape for a friend of mine, and he was so appreciative and grateful that I made him another one. And then another. Even though it took time, it was a joy because my friend appreciated it so much. He got quite a few tapes added to his library because of his grateful attitude.
One day the disciples were complaining about not having enough food to feed the people when Jesus took what they had, gave thanks for it, and a miracle occurred. A few fish and a few loaves of bread multiplied supernaturally to feed 5,000 men. I think something miraculous happens when we’re thankful for what we do have instead of complaining about what we don’t have.
Try your own experiment today. See how this “attitude of gratitude” influences others in your life, and watch God multiply your blessings!
Brother Dave, thank you very much for this eye opening and inspiration message. To me is a message that needs to be taken to the multitudes. Although I’m a very thankfully person but it was never revealed the way you are putting it. Thank you very much sir, you have opened my gates of miracles. As a pastor myself, I’m going to teach to our church and trust God for more revelation. May God continue to use you in our generation. Shalom
I love this teaching! It is so true! I am learning to thank God through every situation and this attitude helps me to have so much more peace. God always makes a way when there seems to be no way.
So true sister, I am experienced the same too.
Thanks for a greater incite to Thankgiving.
its really rewarding to be thankful for everything cause none is by but by providence of our LORD and father in heaven. lord am grateful to you
Powerful insight. Very timely. It is very timely.
Thankful for God’s gift of you Pastor Dave !
I have no doubt that thankfulness brings increase, it’s positive energy and that brings positive results. I witness it in my life everyday I thank my God for this knowledge, wisdom and understanding.
Thank you Pastor Dave this is excellent! Thank you for decades of teaching us and the love you have shown MHC!
The more a person verbalizes thanks to God the happier they will become!
Blessings to you and your family!
SO true! I love this post. Being thankful is indeed so important. When I am praying for God to move on a dire need, I will apply the Word to my need, pray, listen for the Lord to speak. And then, I will end it with thanksgiving, praising and thanking God for what He has already done; whether in telling Him, or doing this in a grateful song of worship! Hallelujah! Glory! I pray you have a wonderful thanksgiving, Pastor Dave! Love, protection, and blessings for you and your family! <3
Thankfulness to the Lord comes from the song in our hearts which He gives us every moment of life. His joy, His love, His song in our hearts and lives.
Thank you Pastor Dave. You are such an inspiration to so many people. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, gifts, and insights. Blessings to you and Mary Jo and family. I am truly grateful for everything I have learned from you and your teachings as I continue to grow in spirit.
God Bless ~
DW: Always thought provoking, insightful, and uplifting. Thank you, Timely word. I commit to practice gratitude and praise and appreciate your continual coaching and encouragement!
Praise is truely an avenue of worship to our heavenly father. He inhabits the praise of His people! This is why we were created for Him! Pastor once again you tell it like it is, giving God the Glory! A Thankful heart is a heart at Rest & Peace! We can say we are made in His image of His Beloved Son Jesus Christ, Have a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your dear family!
Very encouraging message. May our good Lord continue to keep you pastor, the family and loved ones as well as all that God has put under your leadership. Messages from pastor Dave is life changing for any one who will devote to reading and listening to them and putting them into action. I am not talking about one time reading or listening but on regular time. It comes with many rewards! Some years back when i did one of the results besides financial uplift was writing of 6 books within 11 months. I was so fired up with the contents of his teachings and tapes. Time spend reading his materials is time sown in good ground that will bring good returns.
Pastor Dave Williams, Thank you so much for these words of wisdom. Sometimes because the way of the world that we live in we forget to Thank God/Jesus for all the good in this beautiful world that He created. I think right now that is why I love traveling in our Motorhome so much, I get to see this beautiful world that God created in the way He created it. I just wish that we got to see more of you & MaryJo, I have so many questions to ask you & if I wrote you I’m concerned that it might be one of your workers who would answer. Sorry, that’s just me.