Sunday, 23 October 2011

Coming to a place of thanksgiving...

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think..." Ephesians 3:20a

In the middle of believing the Lord on an issue, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me to start thanking the Lord. The impression of the Holy Spirit was so strong that it quieted any questions I had within me 'am I just thanking Him because I want to force His hand on the issue? Is this what He really wants for me?' It was like the Holy Spirit had spoken to my inner man and said 'peace be still'!

I thanked Him concerning the particular issue i.e. what He was going to do about it, this did not mean attempting to force His hand to say it has to be my way but rather saying what You are going to do about it is going to be great, meaning whichever way it works out the outcome in the long run will be great, You will steer me in the best direction towards that ultimate good You have planned for me. You said if I commit my ways to You, You will establish my path so I am thanking You for the establishment of my path, I am thanking You for how you will sort everything out above what I asked You for, I am thanking You Lord for that breakthrough beyond my tiny imagination.

As I began to thank my Abba, the Spirit of the Lord reminded me of the word of God in Ephesians 3:20 around which a friend had been sharing a few days earlier. The Holy Spirit reminded me of certain things that God had brought me to, which before He did, I had no idea that they even existed, so really how could I have asked for them? Therefore I realised that one of the principles of faith God wanted me to tap into was trusting Him that He can do much better than I can ask or imagine and to begin thank Him that what He was going to do would be beyond my human requests or well beyond my imagination - better -abundantly better - exceedingly greater.

So I came to a place of thanksgiving, where I began to thank the Lord for that which He was going to do, thanking Him that it was going to be better than I had asked for or wished; the answers started to come through better than I asked or imagined possible!

This kind of thanksgiving represents trust in what God intends to do in and with your life, it signifies surrender that His way is better than your way - you can't out think God, so it's best to let "the PRO" handle it. Why grapple for a tricycle when you can get a Ferari? The Lord says just as the heavens are higher than the earth so are His thoughts higher than ours... see Isaiah 55:9

We really can't out think God.

This kind of thanksgiving facilitates breakthrough and exercises our faith...

''Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God'' Philippians 4:6

Is there something in your life today that you need to be thanking God for - thanking Him that He will do more for you than you have asked or imagined? 

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