The Power of Gratitude

I’m sharing this word from Brian Simmons and The Passion Translation Team:

“Giving thanks is important. Following today’s ‘whisper’ list at least five things you’re truly thankful for today, and feel your heart open to the release and peace that only comes from Him.”

I HEAR HIS WHISPER…
“I will free you when you give Me thanks”

The power of gratitude has been undervalued by My people. As you give Me thanks, I refine your soul and remove regret from your life. I will free you when you give Me thanks. The more you are satisfied, the more freedom and release from pain I will bring into your life.

The power of praise has yet to be fully activated. Greater than any force known to man is the power I release when you praise Me.

To receive My blessings and never give Me thanks is the mark of an unbeliever. To receive My blessings and be consumed with gratitude is the mark of a true worshipper. I call you to a life of gratitude.

Many are like those who grumbled to Moses in the wilderness. They could not give Me praise. For even as they grumbled, My glory cloud was over their heads. They looked at man and not at Me! Ingratitude is a disease that is easily spread among My people. But praises will break the curse, lift the veil, open the heavens, and provide miracles even in a wilderness.

I call you to joy and thanksgiving! Let every day be the day of magnificent praises! Lift up your eyes and see the blessings I have provided for you, and let the world know that you are Mine.

The redeemed must say so by their thanks and by their extravagant praise. Today, set your heart before Me, Your Father, and learn the sweet lessons of gratitude. I will free you when you give Me thanks!

Psalm 136:1-5 The Passion Translation

Let everyone thank God, for he is good, and he is easy to please! His tender love for us continues on forever!

Give thanks to God, our King over all gods! His tender love for us continues on forever!
Give thanks to the Lord over all lords!
His tender love for us continues on forever!
Give thanks to the only miracle working God! His tender love for us continues on
forever!
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Give thanks to the Creator who filled the heavens with revelation! His tender love for us continues on forever!

 

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The Reason You Can Count on God

There was a point in my life when my word didn’t mean very much. Just because I said I would do something didn’t mean I would follow through and do it.

I didn’t mean to let people down…or lie to them. It’s just that if I didn’t feel like doing what I had promised…I wouldn’t do it. Or I was unable to follow-through when the time came, either because I hadn’t made the necessary preparations, or I didn’t have the finances, or a better offer came along. I wasn’t a very dependable person.

I also had a habit of making promises I couldn’t fulfill. This was more with people I loved and cared about. Not because I didn’t want to make good on them, but because I hadn’t counted the cost of the promise. I hadn’t a clue how I would fulfill these promises, but I spoke up anyway because I wanted to see the people I loved happy, with good things that they needed & wanted.

Through God’s mercy and help, I’m no longer that person. And the reason I’m not is because God is dependable. He is trustworthy. When He speaks a word, He follows through, because He doesn’t make idle promises. Nor does He lie or change His mind.

Several versions of Psalm 138:2 express the following:

“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and give thanks unto thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.English Revised Version

or this:

“I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.

I really like the New Living Translation’s verse:

“I bow before Your holy Temple as I worship.
I praise your name for Your unfailing love and faithfulness;
for Your promises are backed by all the honor of Your name.

As David poured out his gratitude before God, he made known the reason for his praises: God keeps His word, and so His name is great among His people & among the nations.

The thought of not keeping my word now scares me, because I want to be known as someone dependable & trustworthy. I want to be considered faithful. When I make a promise to my children, I want them to believe it will be fulfilled, because they know I won’t lie to them. Because they have seen me come through for them time & time again.

This is how it is with God- only more so, because He never fails us. His name & His reputation are unfailingly good. Faithfulness & dependability are inherent in His very nature. He does not lie! When God speaks, He does what He promises!

Our part is to drive out the doubts that plague us about God’s faithfulness. We do this by learning what His word says on this subject; then by meditating on it and allowing the Holy Spirit to confirm the truth of God’s word. Then by speaking it out whenever doubt and unbelief try to take hold in our thoughts. Wonderful things start to happen when we simply believe God!

I want to share some valuable verses about God’s integrity & His faithfulness. I pray that you take them to heart & see them as the precious treasure that they are.  Praying that your faith increases as you trust in Him ❤

  • Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”
  • Romans 4:20-21 But he did not doubt or waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and empowered by faith, giving glory to God, being fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised.”
  • Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful”
  • Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.”
  • Psalm 119:160 “All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.”
  • John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth. Your word is truth.”
  • Luke 1:45 “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”
  • Hebrews 6:17 “God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind.”
  • Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:3 “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.”
  • 2 Timothy 2:13 “If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is.”

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Hebrews 11:6

“Now without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who approaches God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”

The very fact that you believe in God is a blessing, but know that He loves to bless those who seek Him. Keep seeking Him for wisdom, for truth, for understanding…

…for mercy…

…for forgiveness…

…for peace…

…for His comfort…

…for freedom…

…for healing…

…for deliverance…

for joy…for His love and for His presence.

Have a restful evening and a wonderful day ❤

 

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