The Unexpected Benefit of Giving Thanks
The Tradition is to Give Thanks After having Enough
Jesus Did Not Pray for the Loaves and Fishes to Be Increased, He only Gave Thanks
9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”
10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.
12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”
13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
It was Remembered as Where the Lord Gave Thanks
22 On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone–
23 however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks– John 6:22-23
The Giving of Thanks to God Releases His Abundance
• You don’t have to receive the blessing or increase in order to give thanks
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Col 3:17
• You can give thanks in difficult and trying times.
in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Paul Gave Thanks in a Painful Situation at Philippi
24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. Acts 16:24-26
Paul Gave Thanks in a Life-Threatening Storm
33 And as day was about to dawn, Paul implored them all to take food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have waited and continued without food, and eaten nothing.
34 “Therefore I urge you to take nourishment, for this is for your survival, since not a hair will fall from the head of any of you.”
35 And when he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all; and when he had broken it he began to eat.
36 Then they were all encouraged, and also took food themselves.
There is a Sanctifying Quality of Thanksgiving
He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. Romans 14:6
The Will of God is for us is to have a Melody of Thanksgiving in our Hearts
19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ Eph 5:19-20
The Expression of Thanksgiving is of Utmost Important
What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. 16 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?
For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.
1 Cor 14:15-17
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. Heb 13:15
Determine The Subject, Action Verb and Object of your Thanks
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men. 1 Tim 2:1