Are there things in your life that you feel stuck in? It can be finances, it can be as simple as you feel frustrated today, or you are having a bad day and you need some joy. You know? It can be something as intense as walking through chemotherapy. If you need breakthrough in something, I want to give you a tool. It’s praise and thankfulness.
Now, when we’re walking through something that’s felt a little hard or difficult, it’s hard to remember to be thankful, because it doesn’t just ooze out of us sometimes, unless we make it a daily practice in life. And so in Psalms 100:4, it tells us to enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise, to be thankful unto Him and to bless His name. Make that a part of your life, people. This is so powerful.
When you can understand the power of praise and thankfulness, it shifts your life, okay? It shifts your mindset, and it shifts your perspective. I can go into this for probably a really long time, but I just want to give you some really important points into this. So not only does praise and thankfulness bring us into the courts of heaven, into His gates, into the Father’s throne room, but also it is a weapon we can use every single day. If you need breakthrough, begin to praise Him for it. Begin to thank Him for the thing, the area that you need breakthrough, and begin to thank Him for the joy that you don’t feel right now. Begin to thank Him for the healing that you haven’t seen right now. Begin to thank Him for that son or that daughter that you’re hoping to come home and come to Jesus, begin to thank Him and to praise Him.
Okay, I’ll give you an example. I was driving in the car and sometimes I’ll get a really bad jaw pain, because I clench my teeth at night. So I was having some really bad jaw pain and I just began to thank God for my healing. I said, “Thank you, Father, for healing my jaw. Thank you for my healing.” I just began to thank Him over and over again. And in that moment, this doesn’t always happen. But in that moment, my jaw pain went away! It can be the simple things in life. I was really frustrated one day, I guess I had just woken up on the wrong side of the bed. Anybody else wake up on the wrong side of the bed today or any day? And I was just frustrated. And so I actually paused, I texted a friend and she was like, “Just tell God 10 things you’re thankful for.” So I did that. I said, “Okay”, I listed 10 things I was thankful for. And after that 10th one, my whole entire attitude just shifted and adjusted.
And so, what we thank Him for, our pastor at our church says this, “What we thank Him for, grows. What we thank Him for, increases.” What do you want to see in your life grow or increase? Proverbs 18:21, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” I say that scripture a lot, because your words are powerful. So are you complaining or are you thanking?
Father, I just pray right now over every person watching, that a heart of thankfulness would envelop them, in Jesus’ name. That words of thankfulness and praise, and actually right now, would we just do that? Let’s do that together. Just take some time. Lord, we thank you for who you are. You are powerful and you are the bringer of breakthrough. And Lord, would you just adjust our heart? Would you set us in a posture of praise? A posture of thankfulness, that when we wake up, when our head wakes up from the pillow, when we get out of bed, that we would praise your name. When we go to sleep, we would praise your name. And Lord, we thank you that thankfulness and praise brings breakthrough. And I just declare breakthrough over your life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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