And the word is… “Thanks!”
There is no better way to show gratitude, appreciation, and belief in God your Father, through Jesus Christ than to say “Thanks”.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV
If you are going through ANY sort of trial, test, or tribulation right now in your Christian walk; tell the Lord “Thanks!” If you are waiting for a breakthrough, tell the Lord “Thanks”. If you don’t know how you’re going to make it out of YOUR situation, tell the Lord “Thanks”. Simply put, “Thanks!” Don’t try to figure out the statement; don’t try to understand why you should say “Thanks!”; just do it.
God is testing you in your thanksgiving. He wants to know if you trust him. He wants to know if you remember the things that HE has already done for you. He wants to know if you will thank Him anyhow. Just say “Thanks!”. I understand that this one act of speaking to any of your situations, with this one word, may seem a bit strange, or may not make sense; but I dare you to try God by saying “Thanks!”
The following scripture is an illustration and proof that the word “Thanks” can raise the dead, bring you out of whatever trying situation that you’re in; and/or give you the new beginning that you need:
John 11:41-42King James Version (KJV)
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
The above scripture demonstrates how Jesus thanked God before he called Lazarus from the grave. Jesus thanked God for hearing him many times passed when He needed help. He thanked God in advance for what he was about to request of Him (the dead to be raised). Jesus wept concerning Lazarus; and the people that mourned for Lazarus. But HE assured them that Lazarus had fallen asleep; which meant that Lazarus’ state was only temporary. Some of our situations seem like they are permanent or there is no way out. Some may even seem like the things we are asking God for will never come to life. However, God is telling us to speak life into those dead situations, just by saying “Thanks!”
Saints, I admonish you to give God “Thanks” for whatever you’re going through. No matter how tough it may seem, or how hard it may get; tell the Lord “Thanks!”. It’s HIS will, that we give “Thanks”. Remember, all that we do in the will of God is blessed. If you’re rent is due, tell the Lord “Thanks”. If you’re having problems in your marriage, tell the Lord “Thanks!”. This “Thanks” is a mystery because you are thanking God is a most peculiar way; but it is the will of God. This “Thanks!” is the answer to your prayers. This “Thanks!” can heal AIDS, Cancer, strokes, and any other disease if you only just believe. Why worry and stress when you don’t have the physical prescription or worldly way of curing sickness; when you have been given power and authority from on high to heal by saying “Thanks!”
2 Kings 5:1-17 (KJV) speaks about Naaman, a great man; but also a leper. In order for Naaman to be healed from leprosy; the Man of God, Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, “Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.” Naaman was angry because he assumed Elisha would come out to him, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. He assumed wrong. Just as Naaman’s servants spake to him and said “if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it?”. We should also consider this question: “If God asked us to do some great thing, would we have do it?” All God is asking us to do is say “Thanks!”. We don’t have to think about it, just do it.
Your answer is in your “Thanks!”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (Give Thanks in All Things)
John 11:41-42 (Lazarus Raised from the Dead)
2 Timothy 4:7 (Fight the Good Fight of Faith)