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ThanksisFaithinAction
Philippians4:4(Amplified)RejoiceintheLordalways[delight,gladdenyourselvesinHim];againIsay,Rejoice!

1Thessalonians5:16(Amplified)Behappy[inyourfaith]andrejoiceandbegladheartedcontinually(always)

Philippians4:5,6(Amplified)Letallmenknowandperceiveandrecognizeyourunselfishness(yourconsiderateness,
yourforbearingspirit).TheLordisnear[Heiscomingsoon].Donotfretorhaveanyanxietyaboutanything,butin
everycircumstanceandineverything,byprayerandpetition(definiterequests),withthanksgiving,continuetomake
yourwantsknowntoGod.

1Thessalonians5:17,18(Amplified)Beunceasinginprayer[prayingperseveringly],Thank[God]ineverything[no
matterwhatthecircumstancesmaybe,bethankfulandgivethanks],forthisisthewillofGodforyou[whoare]in
ChristJesus[theRevealerandMediatorofthatwill].

Philippians4:7,9(Amplified)AndGod'speace[shallbeyours,thattranquilstateofasoulassuredofitssalvation
throughChrist,andsofearingnothingfromGodandbeingcontentwithitsearthlylotofwhateversortthatis,that
peace]whichtranscendsallunderstandingshallgarrisonandmountguardoveryourheartsandmindsinChristJesus.
Practicewhatyouhavelearnedandreceivedandheardandseeninme,andmodelyourwayoflivingonit,andthe
Godofpeace(ofuntroubled,undisturbedwellbeing)willbewithyou.

1Thessalonians5:23(Amplified)AndmaytheGodofpeaceHimselfsanctifyyouthroughandthrough[separateyou
fromprofanethings,makeyoupureandwhollyconsecratedtoGod];andmayyourspiritandsoulandbodybe
preservedsoundandcomplete[andfound]blamelessatthecomingofourLordJesusChrist(theMessiah).

Godwantstopreserveandsanctifyyou.Youmustrejoiceandprayalways.ThenthepromiseswillcomethattheGod
ofpeaceshallbewithyou.ThepeaceofGodandtheGodofpeacewillbewithyou.ItiswiththisthatGodwillkeep

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andguardyou.Hewillsanctifyyouandlookoveryou.Allyouneedtodoistorejoiceandprayalwayswith
thanksgiving.InThessalonianshesaysthatyoumustgivethanksineverything.

Thereissomethingaboutwiththanksgivingandinthanksgiving.WeneedthepeaceofGodeverydayinyourlife.We
needtheGodofpeacewithusdaily.WeneedGodsprotectionandHisholinessdaily.Thereisthingsinyourlifethat
youneedtoleaveyouandhereisapromisethatGodwilldoitforyouandnotyou.Godwillkeepyoublamelessifyou
rejoiceandbethankful.Youmustprayandnotbeanxiousfornothing.Anxietyistheoppositeofpeace.Ifyouare
anxious,youvelostthepeace.Getridofit.

Goddoesnotsayyoumustrejoiceandprayandgivethanks.Hesaysthatyoumustrejoiceandpraywiththanksgiving.
Itisnotaseparatething,butacombinedthing.Itsaysthatyoumustgivethanksineverything.InEphesians6Godsays
thatyoumustputonthewholearmourofGodandthenaboveallyoumusthavetheshieldoffaith.Thatisthe
coveringofthewholething.Thesamewaytheineverythingandwiththanksgivingcoversthewholething.

Youcanprayandaskforthings,butwithitthanksgivingmustaccompanyit.Thedifferencebetweensimplybegging
andaskingandtheprayerwiththanksgivingisthatthefirstiswithoutfaith.YoubelievethatsomedayperhapsGodwill
answeryou,butwhenyouputthankswithit,youputfaithintoyourprayerandthankGodbeforehandfortheanswer.
Thanksgivingisfaithinaction.Hebrews11:1saysnowfaithinthesubstanceofthethingsthatyouhopeforandthe
evidenceofthethingsthatyoudonotsee.Faithisnotforsomethingyoualreadygot.

YounormallysaysThankyouwhensomeonegaveyousomething.WhenyouthankGodthatHehearsyourprayer,
youactuallyreceivetheanswertotheprayer.IoncesawavisionofIsaiah6wheretheangelscriedHoly,Holyand
thentheysaidthewholeearthisfilledwiththegloryofGod.Wedonotyetseealltheearthfilledwiththeglory,butI
sawinthevisiontherewasaroundcloudthatwasreadytoburst.AsIcameclosertherewaswrittenonthecloud
PrayerandIrealizedthatprayerwasanawesometoolinthehandsofGod.Godshowedmethatalotofglorywas
revealedthroughtheagesthroughtheprayerofmenandwomen.Thenanothercloudcameanditwasnamed
Praise.Heshowedmethatformanyyearspeopledidnotpraise,butcomplained.Manychurchesweresosombre
anddarkforyears,becausetheyprayedalot,buttheydidnotpraise.Whenpraisecameintothechurchthe
charismaticrenewalstartedandmoreglorywasrevealed.Thentherewasathirdcloud,butitwasnotbig.WhenIlook
closelyanditsaidThanks.Godthentoldmethatthatcloudmustbecomeliketheothertwoandthingswillstart
happening.ThewholeearthwillbefilledwiththegloryofGod.

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Wemuststarttorealizethepowerofthanksgivingandstopcomplainingandbeanxious.GotoGodbyfaithandthank
Him.ItisnotprayingandthenthanksHim,butpraywiththanksgiving.Yourattitudebecomesthanksgiving.Itisnot
thankingHimbecauseyouveprayed,butthankingHimwhileyoupray.Itisthanksgivingprayers.

WeuseclichslikemagnifyandpraiseGod.MagnifymeansthatyoumakeGodsobiginyourestimationthatnothing
willtouchyouthatGodcannothandle.HeissobiginyourmindthatthereisnothingtoobigforHimthatHecannot
do.NothingisimpossiblewithGod.Withmenitcanbeimpossible,butnotwithGod.MagnifyGod.Psalm69:30says
thatyoumagnifyGodwiththanksgiving.ThanksgivingismagnifyingGod.

Hebrews13:15saysletuscontinuallyofferasacrificeofpraise.ThatisthefruitofthelipsthatconfessHisNamethat
isthanksgiving.Thanksgivingispraise.YoupraiseGodwhenyouthankHimforthecrossandtheblood.Youmagnify
HimbythankingGodforthethingsthatyoudonotyethave.FaithistomagnifyGodinthankingHimforthethings
thatyoudonotyethave.

InthepresenceofGodthereisfullnessofjoy.(Psalm16:11)Youdonotstruggletorejoice,prayandpraiseinthe
presenceofGod.ItiseasytogetandprayersareansweredinthepresenceofGod.

Psalm95:1,2(Amplified)OCOME,letussingtotheLord;letusmakeajoyfulnoisetotheRockofoursalvation!Letus
comebeforeHispresencewiththanksgiving;letusmakeajoyfulnoisetoHimwithsongsofpraise!

Wevelearnedthatwhenwecomethroughtheoutercourt,wecomewiththanksgiving.Thenwegettotheholyplace
andwegointhroughpraise.Thenyougointothemostholyplacewithworship.

Psalm100:15(Amplified)MAKEAjoyfulnoisetotheLord,allyoulands!ServetheLordwithgladness!Comebefore
Hispresencewithsinging!Know(perceive,recognize,andunderstandwithapproval)thattheLordisGod!ItisHeWho
hasmadeus,notweourselves[andweareHis]!WeareHispeopleandthesheepofHispasture.EnterintoHisgates
withthanksgivingandathankofferingandintoHiscourtswithpraise!BethankfulandsaysotoHim,blessand
affectionatelypraiseHisname!FortheLordisgood;Hismercyandlovingkindnessareeverlasting,Hisfaithfulnessand
truthenduretoallgenerations.

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NowitsaysinHebrews13:15thatthanksgivingispraise.Whenyoupraisesomebody,youthankhim.Blessalsomeans
tothanktheLORD.

Psalm106:1(Amplified)PRAISETHELord!(Hallelujah!)OgivethankstotheLord,forHeisgood;forHismercyand
lovingkindnessendureforever!

GodisgoodandHismercyenduresforever.ThanktheLORDforHeisgood.

Psalm107:1(Amplified)OGIVEthankstotheLord,forHeisgood;forHismercyandlovingkindnessendureforever!

Psalm118:1,29(Amplified)OGIVEthankstotheLord,forHeisgood;forHismercyandlovingkindnessendure
forever!
OgivethankstotheLord,forHeisgood;forHismercyandlovingkindnessendureforever.

Psalm136:13(Amplified)OGIVEthankstotheLord,forHeisgood;forHismercyandlovingkindnessendureforever.
OgivethankstotheGodofgods,forHismercyandlovingkindnessendureforever.OgivethankstotheLordoflords,
forHismercyandlovingkindnessendureforever

WhenyougotoGoditiswiththanksgiving.Whenyouenterthroughthegatesandcourts,itiswiththanksgiving.
WhenyouareinHispresenceitiswiththanks.Whenyouprayandpraise,youthankHim.Thanksgivingisthehighest
formofpraiseandprayerandworship.Godlovesthanksgiving.

JESUSTHANKEDTHEFATHER

Mostpeopleprayoutofanxietyandworry.WhenyouthankGod,ittakesyoutothepresenceandyouget.Change
yourprayersandworshiptothanksgiving.WhenJesusbrokethebreadandtoldthedisciplesthatitisHisbody,He
gavethankstotheFatherandbrokeit.
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John6:11(Amplified)Jesustooktheloaves,andwhenHehadgiventhanks,Hedistributedtothedisciplesandthe
disciplestotherecliningpeople;soalso[Hedid]withthefish,asmuchastheywanted.

Itwaseasyforthedisciplestogetintoananxietyfitover5000peoplewhowerehungryandwantedfood.Jesusonly
thankedtheFatheranddistributedtheloavesandthefishes.

John6:22,23(Amplified)Thenextdaythecrowd[thatstillremained]standingontheothersideofthesearealized
thattherehadbeenonlyonesmallboatthere,andthatJesushadnotgoneintoitwithHisdisciples,butthatHis
discipleshadgoneawaybythemselves.ButnowsomeotherboatsfromTiberiashadcomeinneartheplacewhere
theyatethebreadaftertheLordhadgiventhanks.

John11:3941(Amplified)Jesussaid,Takeawaythestone.Martha,thesisterofthedeadman,exclaimed,ButLord,by
thistimehe[isdecayingand]throwsoffanoffensiveodour,forhehasbeendeadfourdays!Jesussaidtoher,DidInot
tellyouandpromiseyouthatifyouwouldbelieveandrelyonMe,youwouldseethegloryofGod?Sotheytookaway
thestone.AndJesusliftedupHiseyesandsaid,Father,IthankYouthatYouhaveheardMe.

JesusthankedtheFatheronly.Hedidnotbindandloose.Hedidnotrebukeddevils.Heonlyprayedandthankedthe
Fatherandthenthedeadmanwasraised.

John11:42,43(Amplified)Yes,IknowYoualwayshearandlistentoMe,butIhavesaidthisonaccountofandforthe
benefitofthepeoplestandingaround,sothattheymaybelievethatYoudidsendMe[thatYouhavemadeMeYour
Messenger].WhenHehadsaidthis,Heshoutedwithaloudvoice,Lazarus,comeout!

JesustoldthedisciplesthatLazaruswasonlysleeping.Hetoldthemtoroleawaythestone.Hetoldthemthattheywill
seethegloryofGodandthenHethankedtheFather.ForthesakeofthebystandersHesaidtothedeadmantocome
out.Jesusdidnotneedtotellthedeadmantocomeout.He,theResurrectionandLifewasstandingthere.Jesus
Presencewouldhavegottenhimoutonly.Jesusprayerswerefullofthanksgiving.

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THANKSGIVINGGIVESVICTORY

Romans7:24,25(Amplified)OunhappyandpitiableandwretchedmanthatIam!Whowillreleaseanddeliverme
from[theshacklesof]thisbodyofdeath?OthankGod![Hewill!]throughJesusChrist(theAnointedOne)ourLord!So
thenindeedI,ofmyselfwiththemindandheart,servetheLawofGod,butwiththefleshthelawofsin.

Paulwasaskingthequestionwhoshalldeliverhimforthebodyandthenherememberedthanksgiving.Thatgothim
thevictory.1Corinthians15:57saysthankbetoGod,Whoalwaysgivesusthevictory.Paulthanksanddidnotask
forthevictory.

2Corinthians2:14(Amplified)ButthanksbetoGod,WhoinChristalwaysleadsusintriumph[astrophiesofChrist's
victory]andthroughusspreadsandmakesevidentthefragranceoftheknowledgeofGodeverywhere,

Ifyouwanttohavethevictoryandtriumph,givethanks.Peacecomeswhenyouthanks.Colossians4:2saysbe
earnestandunweariedandsteadfastinyourprayer[life],being[both]alertandintentin[yourpraying]with
thanksgiving.Thanksgivingisthewatchoveryourprayerlife.Itseestoitthatyourprayerswillbeanswered.

InNehemiahthewallswererebuild.Nehemiahtoldthepeopletogivethanksatthewallandwatchovertheotherwall
withthanksgiving.Theymustwatchbythankingandthankbywatching.Whiletheyrebuildtheythankedandwatch.
Thanksgivingmakesyoualert,whilemurmuringcausesyoutogrowwearyandslack.Youbecomeawareofthe
problemandnotfocusonJesus,Whocandoallthings.Itcostnothingtosaythanks.Spendtimeinthanksgivingand
seethebreakthroughsinyourlife.

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