Most people have a whole lot to be thankful for, yet many of us sit around complaining about what we don't have. Even if the only thing that God did for us was to send Jesus to die for our sins so that we may avoid hell, and spend the rest of eternity in heaven, then that alone should motivate us to always give thanks each day for the rest of our lives here on earth.
Thanksgiving should not be an occasional acknowledgment of God's hand on our lives. Neither should it be relegated to the clapping of hands and singing of praise, or limited to a single day of thanks.
Rather, thanksgiving is a continual and genuine demonstration of appreciation for God's hand in our lives, a daily demonstration of thanks for His grace and goodness to every one of us.
We need to take time to enjoy and appreciate God's vast goodness towards us as we fellowship with Him.
Thanksgiving is a vital key to releasing the power of God in our lives. God's activated power, the anointing, will destroy every single yoke and remove every burden.
Isa 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
We have been taught in some of our churches that the anointing breaks the yoke of bondage; but anything broken can be repaired again. But Isaiah actually said the anointing destroys the yoke of bondage. Anything destroyed is beyond repair.
Jere 30:19 From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honour and they will not be disdained.
Feeling and expressing appreciation is good for us. Like any wise father, God wants us to learn to be thankful for all the gifts He has given us (James 1:17).
It is in our best interests to be reminded that everything we have is a gift from God. Without gratefulness, we become arrogant and self-centred. We begin to believe that we have achieved everything on our own. Thankfulness keeps our hearts in right relationship to the Giver of all good gifts.
Expect Him to lift every bit of depression, disappointment, discouragement, and defeat as you keep thanksgiving alive in your life. You will experience God's power and anointing in every area of and in every situation in your life!
God designed thanksgiving to be an essential characteristic of His followers. It's time for us to take thanksgiving out of the occasional Sunday morning and instead make it a daily lifestyle.