Thankfulness // Part 2
Last Wednesday, we began a three part series on the power of thankfulness. We learned to look at thankfulness as more than just words but a release of spiritual power. Tonight, we are going to explore in a deeper fashion how peace is a product of thankfulness.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. /// Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
There are a couple of houses that occupy the street where you live your life. Both houses are occupied by three sisters. These sisters live together because they are related to one another. Where you find one, you will find the others. They are inseparable. In one house lives the three sisters anger, depression, anxiety. If you begin to date one, you get all three as family. They will leave their own home and move in with you. It is a fact that you cannot experience peace while you have anxiety, anger, and/or depression. The scripture tells us to be anxious for nothing. Wow! How is that accomplished? Is it a simply a decision of the mind? Well, it is a decision but it is first a grace or release of power that changes the inner man. Last week, we found that thankfulness is a product of grace and grace is spiritual power.
You really need to listen to last week’s teaching because it lays the foundation for what we are discovering tonight. Thankfulness is a product of faith in God. If we know who God is and what He has said over us, then faith in that will release thankfulness no matter what we are going through. The scripture in Philippians tells us to remind ourselves through prayer who is in control of our lives. It also says that our needs are met because we are children of favor with God. When we pray, we are reminded who God is and that we are children to whom He is delighted to release the kingdom. When you know this, thankfulness is released. Thankfulness is one of the keys to contentment. Contentment is a component of peace.
Real faith brings real thankfulness which brings real peace.
Here’s something really awesome! The word translated “thanksgiving” in the verse in Philippians 4:6-7 is the word:
Guess what the word “eucharist” is composed of and used for? “Eucharist” is composed of two Greek words:
This continues what we learned last week about thankfulness. Thankfulness is a release of grace or spiritual power. Thanksgiving is when we speak out that spiritual power and release it in and through us! What else is the word “eucharist” used for? It is the word used to describe the communion elements: the body and the blood of Jesus! When we have needs and approach God about them in prayer, we are thankful to God because we have faith in who He is and what He said over us. Out of our relationship with Him based upon the giving of His body and blood for us, we are persuaded our needs are met in Him therefore, we speak out this power and it is released in us and through us. This spiritual power covers our hearts and lives in peace and contentment. It also protects us against any attacks of Satan against our peace! Where do we get that it guards us against Satan’s attempts to steal our peace? From the word “guard”:
Now that sounds like a release of spiritual power! Back to the example: there were two houses on the street on which you live life. The second house is occupied by the three sisters: faith, thankfulness, and peace. Which do you want living with you?
- Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
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