Thank God for what He has done, what He (1)

One More Thing Before the Miracle

Thankful sums up how we have felt on our journey to become parents. We thank Jesus every day for our babies that we will one day get to hold. We thank Him for the trials we have endured. We thank Him for the joy, strength, and peace He gives us daily. The list goes on and on. I love the topic of Tim Dilena’s recent sermon: gratitude. He makes the point that when we are praying for something and waiting, we should always be thankful, even before it’s answered. We shouldn’t wait until after.

Luke 17:11-17 tells the story of Jesus healing 10 men with Leprosy. Out of those 10 men, only one thanked God. In verse 16, the man threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. In verse 19, Jesus asks what happened to the other 9 men and why didn’t they respond in thankfulness? Jesus then declares, “Your faith has made you well”.

What a powerful story and what a great reminder of what thankfulness does. While the other 9 had just got up and left, the one samaritan stayed to thank God and then received more than he had asked for. All 9 men received the gift with an ungrateful spirit. Because of the one man’s grateful spirit, he grew in the understanding of God’s grace and learned that his faith played a role in His healing. This story gives us a picture that the other 9 missed out on additional blessings from God. I don’t know why they left after they were healed, but maybe they felt entitled or like they deserved the miracle.

The thankful man got something deeper that everyone else missed out. God goes deeper when we are thankful. Thankfulness takes us from where we are to where we need to be.

There are so many other examples of God multiplying gratitude.

  • In Matthew 15:36, when Jesus gave thanks and broke the bread, they had so much, that there were leftovers. Thankfulness multiples what you have and leaves you with leftovers.
  • In John 11:41, Jesus thanks God. The next verse, Lazarus was raised from the dead. Thankfulness here brings dead stuff to life.

Stop being angry for what God hasn’t done and start thanking Him. Instead of praying out of desperation and telling God what you want from Him, show gratitude.

Psalm 100:4 in the message says, Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him. So much of our days are driven by passwords. Passwords to check your your bank account, your email, your airline miles, your applications at work, your alarm at home, etc….

Let’s start thinking of thankfulness as a password. It unlocks the key to what we are believing for. It brings answered prayer and it brings breakthrough. But, it’s so much more important than that. Even if the Lord never once did one more thing for us, we still have SO much to be thankful for. He sent His son to die on the cross, shouldn’t that be enough?

Transition from saying “I need” to “I thank”. Stop withholding your thanks you while waiting for something to happen. Thank you should happen before the miracle, not after the miracle.

Let 2014 be a year to thank Him for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He is going to do. He is doing 10,000 while you are waiting, praying, and believing for one. All He wants while you wait is gratitude. Remember the password, thank you!

Thank God for what He has done, what He (1)

 

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23 Comments
  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 08:17h, 19 February Reply

    Sweet sister, honestly, I woke up feeling defeated and angry this morning. Something inside me kept asking why. This post could not have spoken more directly to my heart. “Stop being angry for what God hasn’t done and start thanking Him.” Thank you for letting God speak through you to me (and to the other blessed women who will read this!). I pray I can focus on gratitude for what He is doing!!

  • Elisha
    Posted at 08:21h, 19 February Reply

    Very good post!! I always try and thank him for anything I ask for because it demonstrates that I have received by faith. In your post you mentioned you don’t know why they left. Verse 14 says Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priests. This is because once a lepor was cleansed, he had to present himself to the priest so the priest could declare him clean. So when the ten left, they weren’t cleansed yet but went in faith. Such faith!!! That’s why the one came back and thanked him when he realized on his way he was clean. This is one of my favorite bible stories. Too often Fod does great (and small)things for us but we never come back and say thank you:(

    • Elisha
      Posted at 08:23h, 19 February Reply

      *fod is God. Smart phone not so smart!! Lol!! Once again, great post girlie!!! Xoxo

  • Lisa
    Posted at 10:09h, 19 February Reply

    Great post! Love it. I needed this today.

  • Charity
    Posted at 10:13h, 19 February Reply

    Whew I needed to hear this today. An attitude of gratitude is so much more than a slogan. As believers it’s important that we thank and praise God in advance. Thank you for this reminder friend. On this journey I need to remember to be always be joyful always be thankful. XO

  • Amie
    Posted at 10:16h, 19 February Reply

    Such a wonderful reminder Caroline!! We should always be thankful because we are so very blessed each and every day 🙂

  • Emily (eatloveprocreate.blogspot.com)
    Posted at 10:19h, 19 February Reply

    Well aren’t they just some ungrateful leppers?! Ha! Seriously though, you are so right. Changing the tone of our prayers from desperation to thankfulness is completely life changing once you get into a habit of making EVERY single prayer come from a place of gratitude and thanking Him BEFORE you receive the blessing. The ungrateful leppers missed out!

  • Evangeline
    Posted at 11:59h, 19 February Reply

    Caroline, thanks for helping us to focus on the Giver and not the gifts. When we focus on Jesus, we see His unfailing love. When we rest in that love, it’s so much easier to be thankful, even before the gifts arrive.

  • Logan
    Posted at 12:37h, 19 February Reply

    This post is so timely! I’ve been very convicted these past several weeks about my attitude; it’s been so lacking in gratitude. I’ve grumbled about my job, about living where we live, about how much longer my husband has in school before we can move “home.” So many little things that just don’t matter. God has done such great things in mine and my husband’s lives over the past several years, and I often forget about those and move straight to grumbling and complaining, when God has already given us everything we need… and so much more!

  • dspence
    Posted at 14:24h, 19 February Reply

    Beautiful post and a wonderful reminder! It actually reminds me of one of the pages in Jesus calling – when a repeated prayer comes to your heart, thank God for His answers that are already on the way.

  • Sybil @ Peace it all Together
    Posted at 18:33h, 19 February Reply

    I have been thinking about thankfulness so much lately. My heart is slowing being transformed. And, just like you wrote, I have begun to change the way I pray, making it more about thankfulness. More about him and less about me. Thanks for such a powerful message!

  • Amy
    Posted at 19:32h, 19 February Reply

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time! I feel like part of the leper group that have not said thank you! How rude am I?! Today I will choose to be thankful!

  • Caroline
    Posted at 20:13h, 19 February Reply

    Love this! I really needed to hear/read this. I’m so grateful for this blog! It’s helped me so much through my IF journey. Thank you!

  • Joanna
    Posted at 23:11h, 19 February Reply

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    I love your thoughts in this post. It reminds me that God is good all the time and not just when everything goes “as planned.” Keep trusting in him and I will be praying you get your miracle so soon.

  • jenna
    Posted at 23:31h, 19 February Reply

    Beautiful post and such a sweet reminder! Today I’m thanking god for providing for me and watching over me in every possible way.
    What a great post!

  • Amber
    Posted at 02:55h, 20 February Reply

    Absolutely – we have so much to be thankful for, especially Jesus. I think, even as someone who used to be a non-believer, we forget what it’s like not to be saved. We have such a gift in our salvation, not just the home God is preparing for us in Heaven, but an abundant life here and now as well. I was telling my husband, Jonathan, today that even if I lost all of my family and friends, I would still have a spiritual family of brothers and sisters in Christ through the church. The blessings we have as believers cannot compare to anything this world would give to us. Wonderful post, Caroline!

  • Mel @ there is a higher hope
    Posted at 10:20h, 20 February Reply

    Oh, wow…this is so powerful and inspiring! Thank you for the reminder to be more thankful for future blessings as well as current ones. God is so good! Thank you so much for sharing this!!

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 13:09h, 20 February Reply

    such lovely words- i love the bit about letting thankfulness be a password for opening ourselves up to blessings that we might not be aware of at the moment — so true, and a wonderful reminder 🙂

  • Síochána Arandomhan
    Posted at 20:07h, 20 February Reply

    I like your idea of being thankful before good things happen. Of course it’s easy to be thankful when good things happen, but the world is so freaking random. This is something I’ve been struggling with a bit on an existential level (not that I have much energy for existential struggles at the moment): How do I know what to feel when things (good or bad) just happen and there’s no way to know why? The idea of accepting everything with gratitude does seem to offer a way forward. xo

  • Chantel
    Posted at 20:49h, 20 February Reply

    You know, I’ve never really thought of being thankful for my prayer requests even before they are answered. It totally gives my prayers a new spin! Thank you so so SO much for sharing!

  • Susannah
    Posted at 11:06h, 21 February Reply

    Wow, this is very convicting! Thanks so much for linking up with the Faith and Fellowship blog hop!

  • Charlene Maugeri
    Posted at 19:21h, 21 February Reply

    Wow. This is such a great reminder! I think we all tend to forget to be thankful first. I really like the password analogy!

  • Robyn
    Posted at 22:24h, 21 February Reply

    this is such a great reminder! 🙂 when we intentionally look at all God has given us already & truly allow thankfulness to seep into our hearts – there is just a peace! and it is wonderful! oh what a great God we serve!!

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