The Supernatural Power of Thanksgiving

by Creflo Dollar | 29 Nov 2015

Summary

When we give God our thanks and praise the way the Bible tells us, we release supernatural authority over whatever situation we are facing. Biblical thanksgiving is not just a worldly holiday tradition or a religious activity, but rather an everyday spiritual tool. It frees us from stress and pressure while God is getting personally involved on our behalf. When we are grateful, thankful Christians, powerful supernatural forces from heaven are unleashed that cause things to work for us the way they should.

 

A. Embracing an attitude of thanks is pleasing to God.

    1. It is God’s will for us to give thanks in every situation (1 Thessalonians 5:18, AMP).
      1. We do not give thanks for bad things happening, but we do thank Him for delivering and protecting us, and showing us His goodness.
      2. We can be thankful regardless of the circumstances.
    2. When Jesus healed the ten lepers, only one of them thanked Him. Jesus told the man his faith had made him whole (Luke 17:13-19).
      1. There is a connection between thanksgiving and faith.
    3. In the Old Testament, God cursed those who would not glorify Him with a thankful heart (Malachi 2:1, 2).
      1. This was under the Law of Moses, but even under grace, thanksgiving is still important.
    4. Jesus gave thanks before He fed the multitudes. There was plenty of food left over (John 6:11-14).
      1. He turned a “not enough” situation into a “more than enough” situation by giving thanks.
    5. When He raised Lazarus from the dead, He began by thanking God first for always hearing Him (John 11:41, 42).  
      1. We can thank God for what He has already done through the finished works of Jesus.

B. We get heaven’s attention when we give thanks.

    1. When we praise God, He always shows up.
      1. When Peter and John were released after being arrested and warned not to preach the Gospel, they lifted their voices to God and praised Him. After they prayed, the place was shaken, they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke boldly (Acts 4:24, 31).
      2. When Paul and Silas were in prison, they sang and praised God. Suddenly, an earthquake shook the prison, opening the cell doors and loosening their bonds (Acts 16:25, 26).
    2. God hates grumbling and complaining, but He loves to be praised.
      1. He promises that when we praise and thank Him, He will answer us before we call, and He will hear while we are still speaking (Isaiah 65:24).
      2. We are instructed to praise Him. If we do, He in return promises to bless us (Psalm 67:5, 6).  

 

Scripture References

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18, AMP
  • Acts 4:24, 31
  • Luke 17:13-19
  • Acts 16:25, 26
  • Malachi 2:1, 2
  • Isaiah 65:24
  • John 6:11-14
  • John 11:41, 42
  • Psalm 67:5, 6