As believers, we need to live a life of thankfulness to God. What most people don’t realize is that walking in thankfulness actually places you in a position of spiritual power.
…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is actually a poor translation of what the Apostle was saying. Paul literally said we should be always giving thanks…OVER everything. We need to understand that in the name of Christ we are over the situation.
This verse tells me that giving thanks raises me over any situation that I happen to be in right now. We see the problems and they look so big.
It’s just like the Israelites who spied out the land. Most of the spies only saw that there were giants living there. They announced to Israel, “We were grasshoppers in our eyes.”
But Joshua and Caleb, on the other hand, were looking through eyes of thankfulness. They were thanking God for giving them the land. Their attitude was, “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory.”
It doesn’t matter how big the mountain is. Thankfulness puts you over it. How does that work?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
You’re told not to worry about the situation you see before you. Listen to the response of God’s will. We are to go before God’s presence, then we bare our hearts before Him, and finally, we lay our needs at His feet.
Look at the outcome that’s promised to us.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
When you offer up thanksgiving in a worrisome situation, then the peace of God will begin its work in you. This verse says that it transcends your understanding. Do you know what that means?
The actual Greek word is Huperecho. It literally means to hold oneself above. So, when you present these challenging situations to God, with thanksgiving, God’s peace will hold you above all your human understanding.
This same peace of God will also be a guard, like sentries, around you. We need to see that it’s the peace OF GOD that will hold you above the circumstance.
But it’s the giving of thanks which results in the peace of God. Then, that peace is activated to hold you above the circumstance.
This holiday season, allow the peace of God to work in you. Yes, thank God for all that He’s done in your life. But don’t stop there. If there’s anything that you’re facing that’s challenging or causing you to worry, thank God for the victory over it.
In faith, take the high ground this Thanksgiving.
Question: What future victories do you need to thank God for right now?
© 2019 Nick Zaccardi