The Two Most Important Words in the World
Overcoming looking inward to focus outward and upward
An excerpt from the book Victorious Mindsets
by Steve Backlund
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 focused outward and upward (healthy focus) rather than inward (unhealthy focus). 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 are instructed to not worry, but to pray "with thanksgiving" about anything in which we are tempted to be anxious. 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 the 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!
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.