Day 33 | Thank You
I love today's devotional about not withdrawing our faith.
I write in Victorious Mindsets that the two most important words in the world are THANK YOU (I have put it below to read it if you like). We must combat the tendency to think and speak negativity after times of ministry and other actions we have felt the Lord has to told us to do. But the greater step is to actively thank God after ministry, prayer, etc. "Thank you, Lord, for the growing breakthrough in the people I prayed for yesterday. Thank you for the transformation in those I spoke to last week. Thank you that this negativity fast is having a greater impact on me than I realize. I don't need to see something or feel something to know it is true."
Quote of the day from Wendy:
"You can't really influence others until you can influence yourself."
Wowsers, this is what this negativity fast is all about. There is grace in it to influence ourselves and then others in greater ways than ever before.
From Victorious Mindsets:
The Two Most Important Words in the World –
Overcoming looking inward rather than outward and upward
Recently, I sensed the Lord say to me, “Steve, the two most important words in the world are thank you.” What do you think about that? Did I hear right? Let me try to make my case.
The Bible says, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving” (Psalm 100:4). A gate represents an entry into a different realm. We are to enter into these gates with thanksgiving. Psalms 100:4 tells us that whenever we are preparing for a new level in life or ministry, we can accelerate things by radically increasing our thanksgiving to God and to the people in our lives.
Jesus also stressed the importance of thanksgiving. Once when He healed ten lepers and only one came back to give thanks, He asked, “Where are the nine?” (Luke 17:17). Thankfulness reveals to God (and to discerning people) that the appreciative one is ready to be entrusted with more of the abundance and glory of the kingdom.
Abundant gratefulness is a sign of a flourishing soul. Those who regularly say thank you have their eyes devoted outward and upward (healthy devotional) rather than inward (unhealthy devotional). Prioritizing thanksgiving will help increase our inner health.
Thanksgiving also increases our faith level concerning life’s uncertainties and God’s promises. In Philippians 4:6-7, we’re instructed to not worry, but to pray “with thanksgiving” about anything we’re tempted to be anxious about. As we do, we will experience “peace that passes understanding.” This peace comes from deep faith that has been established by thanksgiving.
Even if circumstances have not changed, thankfulness will alter our perspective from doubt to faith. We can take this viewpoint even higher by giving thanks concerning things prayed for in the past. As we do, we will come to the place of being fully convinced (like Abraham) and see God’s promise manifest before our eyes.
What are the two most important words in the world? I say they are, “Thank you.” Let’s increase thankfulness and see doors open, faith increase and our souls get healthier. Amen!
LET'S DECLARE THIS!
“I always rejoice and pray without ceasing. In everything, I give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for me!”
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
- Read Today's Devotional in Igniting Faith in 40 Days.
- Steve’s Daily Declarations – Click here for a printable PDF.
- Daily Bible Reading – Click here for Igniting Faith in 40 Days' suggested Bible reading for this day.
- Laugh at a few good lies! – Learn more about laughing at lies here.
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