“I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord.”
- Psalms 100:4 – we enter His gates with thanksgiving.
- Psalms 29:2 – worship Him in the beauty of His presence.
- Thanksgiving → Praise → Worship.
- The manifest presence of God is when His presence is made known.
- The presence of God manifested is called glory. It’s why the angles cries out…Glory to God in the highest.
- Thanksgiving is a sacrifice. It costs you something.
- II Samuel 24:24.
- If it doesn’t move you, how can it move God?
- It’s not a sacrifice until it’s costly.
- If we’re not offering gratitude, we will never offer gifts.
- Sometimes people will be attached to you only to get something.
- Don’t sow into the ground of the ungrateful.
You can turn your not enough into more than enough by being grateful. It’s the heart of gratitude that matters.
“When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”
“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.”
- Any time God tells you to change your position, be ready to receive something.
- You’ve got to get in the right position to release.
- Jesus gives thanks over what they had! He took their not enough and gave God thanks.
- Be thankful over what you know is not enough.
- People of faith don’t wait to give thanks.
“The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone; (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks)”
- The people came back for the wrong thing.
- They would not have eaten had Jesus not given thanks.
- The food multiplied after the Lord gave thanks.
- Thank God for everything in your life! There is power to being grateful.
- The miracle was noted by giving thanks.
- Psalms 26:7.
God will enrich and bless the grateful!
Grateful people are generous people.
“Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.
When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.”
Psalms 73:12, 16-17
- Comparison is a dangerous thing.
- There comes a time when we have to withdraw from what is going around us.
- We have to focus on The Word and not the world. Comparison or entitlement can set in when we focus on the world.
- Don’t let the enemy get you caught up in a comparison trap; it will steal your grateful heart.
We weren’t meant to manage the weight of the world.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
1 Timothy 6:6-10
- The comparison trap shuts you off from the blessings of God.
- Entitlement is dangerous.
“Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”
- Godliness + Contentment = Great Gain.
- We can have things as long as things don’t have us.
- Tithe isn’t about getting, it’s about honoring God.