See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.
Giving thanks, acknowledging the very power of God in one’s life is foundational to living the life of abundance. For when we are giving thanks we are not only acknowledging God’s goodness in our life but, “calling things which are not as though they were”, allowing the gate valve of abundance to flow into our life! Glory to God, this is the powerful life you were meant to live; living rightly or righteously, according to God’s precepts which are loving one another and God with a fervent heart plus realizing God’s power is moving constantly, reaping what is sowed. Knowing this, we should certainly be mindful of what it is we are, “sowing”, for it is said, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. This little scriptural verse is packed with power, knowledge and understanding because it shows that how you are thinking, what is in your heart, creates your life. This is another huge spiritual concept, that if you want to change a circumstance you should speak God’s words over whatever it is you are trying to change, realizing in faith that power is moving in the unseen!
Jesus explained these things in the Parable of the Sower, that the seed is the Word, that God’s kingdom, which is within you works like a seed and needs roots, spiritual roots, is what he is speaking of. Then, shortly after telling the parable he was crossing the sea when a great storm appeared where they, the disciples fearing for their lives, woke Jesus up and proclaimed don’t you care we are about to die, paraphrased, but Jesus said, Peace, be still, And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
I do not think that it was a coincidence that the Parable of the Sower, was given prior to the storm. Perhaps, Jesus was seeing if they really grasped what he was saying, that spiritual power is released by starting with a thought as a seed, then cultivating it in the divine, realizing God is with you, in you and you in God, One, then watching as the results manifest. In this instance Jesus, starts with the problem being the storm, says, Peace be still, and the wind ceased. Now, before you walk into the nearest tornado and give this a whirl, I would suggest you start smaller but you know your faith, so it is up to you.l
Jesus, had already realized God’s power was with him so he knew, absolutely knew the storm would stop. This is asking in faith, saying according to the word and then manifesting the results. Jesus even did this when he cursed the fig tree, showing negatively it also works. Sometimes, I believe this is what we do to ourselves if we fear something is going to happen, your belief plus faith brings the result, spiritual power in motion, but not the kind we like. So, do and ask, in accordance with what is good!
Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
So, if you need more thankfulness in your life, if there be any scarcity in health, love, finances, faith, ask believing you receive, believe that power is moving in the unseen, creating that which you ask for, then with gratitude it shall be done unto you according to your faith.
I know some may say, I’ve tried this and it does not work but my response would be that you probably did not let the roots of the seed grow, there is always a period of time which passes even if it is infinitely small. Every farmer knows that you cannot keep plucking a seed out of the good soil to see if it is working. You just have to believe.
Yes, Thanksgiving is a blessed time but for some it is the beginning of a season which brings back memories of lost loved ones, better times, heartache and loneliness. So, remember that some have no one to spend these special days with and could use some love in their life. Simple acts of kindness such as just being, “friendly”, can help or perhaps you know of other ways to, reach out. Some may be hungry, cold, and poor so they may not be feeling too thankful. Be understanding, realize unfortunate events do occur and we should be available to help when we can.
We are all in this life together, connected as spiritual beings, each one made in the very Image of God, which I also write about under that name.
We also are given instruction on how to live, love God and one another, how to increase our faith, how to have the abundant life so we all may be thankful! During this special season which has undoubtedly been commercialized too much, remember Thanksgiving was started to merely give thanks. Giving thanks, is a spiritual act! It shows you realize how the spiritual system works when you are giving thanks because you and God are at the helm of your life! If this is the case, we are walking with God, as One, with Christ, then certainly goodness shall fill our lives and good fruit too, will manifest.
May you all be abundantly blessed during this holiday season. Remember when folks say, happy holidays, that the word, holiday, is derived from, holy day, so they are acknowledging that yes, indeed, the savior’s birth was a holy day! God bless and keep you all until next time! Quench not the Spirit!