“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.”
Psalms 100:4,5 NKJV
I. Give thanks Always and give thanks for All Things!
Ephesians 5:20 KJV “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
a. Thank Him for His grace
b. Thank Him for His mercy
c. Thank Him for His promises
d. Thank Him for His favor
e. Thank Him for the life He has given you
i. Your family
ii. Your friends
iii. Your church
II. Give thanks until it Overflows
Colossians 2:7 NLT “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thanksgiving.”
a. How do we overflow with thanksgiving?
i. Let your roots grow deep and let your lives be built on the sure foundation of Jesus . Water your life with the Word, daily.
b. The effects of giving thanks
" It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
–Author and Journalist, Melody Beattie
III. Give thanks for this Unspeakable (Indescribable) gift
Corinthians 9:11 NLT “Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God..."
(vs. 15) ”Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words.”
a. When we give to others they often will give thanks to God.
b. Thank God for this indescribable gift
i. 2 Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”
During this Thanksgiving season let's remember to always give God thanks for all things.
"So while it's true that Thanksgiving only comes but once a year, we should actually celebrate thanksgiving each and every day. It's just a matter of learning to live with a spirit of gratitude." – Unknown
The miracle of the “feeding of the five thousand” recorded in John 6:1-14 is a story of not one miracle, but a story of thousands of miracles on one day. Every person received at least one miracle on that day; they were able to eat and there were fragments of bread left over.
I strongly believe that when we bring our gifts to the Lord collectively, those gifts are used to accomplish the purposes of God. This is true, but this is only the addition principle. There is also a multiplication principle that God uses among his people. I also believe that this multiplication principle works in our homes and in our churches.
Often in the home, husband and wife, and sometimes children, will pull their resources together to cover the cost of living. In the church, the congregation gives on Sunday which collectively helps to provide for the ministry cost of the church. Even in our city, county, and country, we pay taxes that collectively help to cover the cost of many of the needs of our region. This is the addition principle and it helps, but we also need God’s multiplication principle at work in our personal life and in the life of our churches.
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, looked at the gift in this story of the lad, five barley loaves, and two small fish, and simply stated to the Lord, “Here is a lad with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” Andrew was thinking addition, but Jesus was thinking multiplication.
“When you add God to the equation, His output always exceeds your input.” Mark Batterson
With Jesus he did not need five lads each with five loaves of barley bread and two small fish, he only needed one lad willing to give his lunch to feed the multitude.
Jesus took the bread, gave thanks to God for the provision, broke the bread and fish, and distributed the gift to the disciples so they could distribute to the multitude. Jesus took what was given in the natural and used it supernaturally. The natural process of obtaining bread involved a time of growing, harvesting, winnowing, grinding, mixing, and baking. But Jesus bypassed the natural process to implement the supernatural with the bread, and he did the same with the fish.
I encourage you to pray over the talents that you use for Him. Even pray over your income. Sounds trivial, but I believe God desires for His people to prosper and for his ministry to prosper. Ask Him to take what you give in the natural and use it supernaturally. Don’t let what you do not have hinder what you do have to give. Give to God with a cheerful heart, and ask Him to multiply your gift for the miracles of others.
Bishop Tim Lamb combines over 34 years of pastoral and church planting experience to lead LifePoint Ministries. Bishop Tim's unique prophetic insight, forward-thinking leadership, and compassion for people combine to make him an effective leader for our pastors and churches.