The Thank You Transaction! April 26-May 3, 2010

See…most people want to thank God for their Healing “after” they get it.   But, God says…do it before.   That’s faith!

When we give thanks…something is exchanged!

It was as if something was sitting on me.  I had closed the door to my room and stayed in the bed three days.  A depession of the worst kind had come over me and I had planned to stay there.

Then, I heard an whisper in my heart:

It said:  ” Get up and praise Me!”

“Okay,”  I thought…”I’ll try it.”

In my best mouse sized voice I said:  “Praise You O God!”

It was so faint I tried again …and again…then louder…then louder…

by then I was on my feet…never to get back in again…never to be bound like that.


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We could fill a book with what I did not realize!

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God was so patient with me.  He was so merciful.  He showed me how to give thanks…He gave me a reason to praise.  He educated me.  He raised me up.  He corrected me.  I understand how Blessed I was.  I recovered.  I made a commitment to minister to others to tell them that I understand and that God does too.  He has delivered us all from not knowing and fear.  He’s a good God!   Oh yes…He is.

What I describe above is no different than a lot of people.  They let the problem get bigger than God.  That’s impossible.

The God I serve is all knowing and all seeing.   You see…He says that he inhabits the praises of His people…and giving thanks leads to praise they are forms of each other…siblings, directly related.

If Thanksgiving is the case…it is also the “evidence” and praise is solid “proof” that the case is valid.

We are not to be ashamed to give thanks unto God.  Especially when it “seems like” there is no reason.  The lack of an apparent reason in the midst of adverse circumstances is merely a smokescreen!   Giving thanks is more than just being polite…it is heartfelt gratitude…it’s like saying:  I’m glad that I have You…I love You…You are always there!   You are my rock!   You I can count on…You I can rely on…Oh…I can’t stop…thanking You because You first loved me…just as I am…shedding Your Blood precious Lord Jesus…the Love of the Father…unfailing…unconditional…Oh the joy of it all!  So wonderful.

See…the devil tried to kill me.  God saved me.  The Blood of Jesus protected me.  They said it might not happen…but it did!

Two questions:

Should I be ashamed for any time that I ever do not want to give thanks?  Yes, I should.  But, at the same time…there is 1 John 1:9 which says:


Does God believe it is a shame if I do not give thanks?  I believe that I can say…it’s a sin and a shame.   Surely it is given to us in scriptures with reason not to ignore it and for us to receive it and do it.


The Shame of Giving Thanks? THERE IS NO SHAME IN GIVING THANKS!!!    THERE IS JOY TO GIVING THANKS!!   THERE IS AN URGENCY TO GIVE THANKS!    IN EVERYTHING (big or small) WE GIVE THANKS!    I AM THANKFUL TO BE ABLE TO GIVE THANKS!!    THANK YOU JESUS!

Not being able to give thanks is a symptom of a lack of  understanding of God’s answer provided to us for our freedom…our freedom to break the chains of bondage!  This is so.


Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)

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