Can Thanksgiving Really Raise the Dead?

10 Feb

“In everything GIVE THANKS: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – I Thess 5:18

At first glance this is a difficult verse.  I mean, it’s easy to give thanks for the good stuff.  But how can I possibly give thanks for something that is hurtful?  But there it is… it says, “In everything…”  Wow!  That’s pretty all-inclusive.

So what is it that is so powerful about Thanks?  What does it unlock for us?  Whatever it is, it seems as though the Lord has designed this as a pathway to breakthrough.  Consider the breakthrough Jesus experienced at Lazarus’ tomb:

“…And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, ‘Father, I THANK YOU that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me…’  After Jesus had said these words, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!'” –  John 11:41–42

And Lazarus came forth!

Can you believe it!  Thanksgiving even raises the dead!

In our current reality in God, raising of the dead is likely the most powerful supernatural phenomenon which we reference.  And look at the posture that Jesus took to affect such a supernatural phenomenon… Thanks!!!   How ‘ridiculous’ (joking of course) that thanksgiving would be that powerful.  Then if thanksgiving can raise the dead, it can surely bring resolution to our problems.

But what is our common tendency when we have problems?  We got focused on the problem rather than the Problem Solver.  We get discouraged… begin to murmur and worry… until we wear ourselves out… or even worse, we wear out those around us, too.

A liberating and powerful truth is coming alive to us.  We’re getting our minds renewed to the fact that even ‘problems’ get redesigned by the Great Designer and He makes them work together for our good!  How’s that for a switch-er-roo!  What the devil meant for evil gets turned around for our good.  God is amazing.  He trumps everything that comes in our path with His goodness.   “And if  God be for us, who can be against us!”  Rom 8:31

So what is the key that transforms our problems into assets?  Thanksgiving!

To reinforce this truth, even Holy Spirit makes a point to highlight the power of thanks in John 6:23, “the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks.”  What was the predicating factor for the multiplication of bread and fish… Thanks!

So when we only have just a little (like the young boy with only 5 loaves and 2 fishes), we’re learning to give thanks for even that much, so that the miraculous transformation and multiplication can take place.  And of course, this is only our right response, giving honor and thanks to Whom it is due, whether we’re experiencing little or much!  The more we develop a heart of thanksgiving, the more Heaven’s favor can flow unhindered.  What little you have will be multiplied and even the ‘dead’ areas in your life will be raised to life!

So we give thanks!



5 Responses to “Can Thanksgiving Really Raise the Dead?”

  1. Henry Griner February 11, 2014 at 6:33 AM #

    Being thankful and grateful turned my life around in 2012 when I was having huge problems with my business. I decided to stop looking at the problems and started to thank God and others. I started sending out greeting cards to people telling them I was grateful for them and blessing them. I did this for over 60 days which set a pattern in my heart and mind that is still focused on gratitude.

    Thanks for sharing this Mark. I’m so Grateful that God brought us together last year.

    • marklhen February 11, 2014 at 10:38 AM #

      Thanks Henry. Likewise, I’m grateful that not only did our paths cross but a friendship was established. I love watching your ‘gratitude attitude’ have it’s impact… even in the next generation… your daughter and son-in-law experiencing the grace that comes from right perspective. Great job! More, Lord!

  2. darylgstewart February 11, 2014 at 5:39 PM #

    Very inspirational, Mark!

    • marklhen February 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM #

      Thanks Daryl. A challenge, but chock full of Heaven’s goodness as we walk in an attitude of gratitude!!! Let’s go for it!

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