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"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord and to sing his praises." Psalm 92:1



In studying the life of Jesus, the spotlight of attention usually falls on His message of mercy and His amazing miracles. A close look at the life and ministry of Jesus will reveal the many times that He gave thanks. Over, and over again, Jesus taught us, by example, the importance of giving thanks unto God.

In Matthew 11:25, Jesus gave thanks as He sent His disciples out and gave them power over all the power of the enemy. We can give thanks that God has infused us with the power and authority of His precious blood, the Word, and His name. I don’t know what you are going through, but today, this Thanksgiving week, you can rejoice in the fact that in Christ, you have victory over every demon, disease and dilemma. Giving thanks shifts our attention from our problems to our Problem Solver. In John 6:11, when there were more people than food to feed them, Jesus gave thanks to the Father. Jesus could do that because He knew there was about to be a miracle of multiplication. Are you in need? Is what you have less than what you need? Do your expenses exceed your income? You can give thanks because God is about to work a miracle of multiplication in your life! Give Thanks… God’s promise is that He will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!


Standing at the graveside of Lazarus who was four days dead, Jesus gave thanks. Jesus took authority over death and spoke life over Lazarus. That day a cemetery became a sanctuary of the Power and Presence of God! It may seem there’s neither help, nor hope for the situation you’re in—but… there is a God who can do what no man can do! Give thanks for what God is doing; for that you can’t see and don’t feel -- man doesn’t have the last word! Every day, every week, the devil reminds you of how impossible it is to change what you see. May I remind you that the Life-Giver resides in you and Life flows out of you…..the Voice of Victory is in your spirit! Speak LIFE over the situation and give thanks!


Giving thanks isn’t a denial of perplexing problems, perilous predicaments, sickness or strained relations. In faith and with a grateful heart, we give thanks to God who is our unfailing source of hope, healing and provision. Indeed, He is worthy of our praise and worthy of thanksgiving.


“Oh, sing unto the Lord a new song; for he has done marvelous things: his right

hand, and his holy arm, has gotten him the victory.”

Psalm 98:1

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