1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 NKJV
pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
A thankful person is able to perceive what God has done for them.
“Do you count your blessings? Or do you think that your blessings don’t count?”
– John Mason
1. SEE GOD’S GOODNESS
Luke 17:11–19 NKJV
Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud
voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
Well: The Greek word is Sozo = “safe” to save, deliver or protect heal, preserve, do well, be (make) whole
“The more you express gratitude for what you have the more you will have to express gratitude for.“
– Zig Ziglar
2. LOVE EXPRESSED
Luke 17:15 NKJV
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
Psalm 100:4-5 NKJV
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
3. FAITH EXPRESSED
Luke 17:18-19 NKJV
Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The seeds of discouragement can’t grow in a thankful heart. Anxious : (Strongs G3309) Merimnaō
to be anxious about: – (be, have) care (-ful), take thought.
Philippians 4:6 (AMP)
6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.