What is a Thankful Heart?
A thankful heart is a heart filling with gratitude to God, no matter in good or bad circumstances. Jesus said we will face problems in this world but take heart because he has already overcome it for us (John 16:33). We are more than conquerors in Christ (Romans 8:37). We can do all things through Christ who strengthen us (Philippians 4:13).
Not by might or power but by God’s Spirit, we can accomplish all things (Zechariah 4:6). The Holy Spirit is our helper and he helps us in all our problems (John 14:26). When you have problem, you can pray to the Holy Spirit and ask him to help you. The Holy Spirit can guide you and tell you what to do to get your problem solved.
Even in bad circumstance, you should smile and not look sad or angry or frustrated so that you won’t open a doorway for the devil. The devil is happy when he sees you grumble, sad or angry because he knows you are not trusting God. When you are discouraged, the devil can easily lead you away from God. We must not give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:27). We should submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
What to Thank God for?
We should thank God for everything including the breath we have, our job, money, possessions, spouse, children, relationships, and etc. Everything that we have is from God. God is the ultimate source, from which all things are created. Everything that is in this world is created by God. God give men the intelligence to invent different types of things such as the light, computer, car, telephone, television, and etc.
Originally, God created the earth and the natural environment to let human enjoy it so that they can praise him. God loves us and he has created this universe for our own enjoyment. God’s qualities can be seen in the natural environment such as tree, mountains, grass, flowers and etc so he is never far away from us (Romans 1:20). In Psalm 19:1, the heavens declare God’s glory and the skies proclaim his works. In Job 12:7-10, all creatures know God as the creator.
Whatever we do must bring glory to God (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17; 1 Peter 4:11). Therefore, what we do must give praises to God. We must not use our time to do things that satisfy our flesh but do things that improve our relationship with God. We must put God first in our lives in whatever we do. In this way, we will live a lifestyle that give God all the glories and praises. When people see your lifestyle, they should praise and thank God, not finding any fault with you.
Give Thanks to God After Prayer
After praying, you should give thanks to God as an act of faith. Although you did not see it accomplished now, you should claim it by giving thanks to God, as if he already given it to you. You should completely surrender your burden to God and trust that he will see you through your problem because he cares for you. In Colossians 3:15, let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, and be thankful.
In Colossians 4:2, we must continue steadfastly in prayer and thanksgiving. In Ephesians 6:18, we should pray in the Spirit at all times, with prayer and supplication. We should keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. In Luke 18:1, Jesus used the parable of the persistent widow to tell the people to keep on praying and not lose heart.
If you grumble and say negative things instead of thanking God, you won’t produce a good testimony because people can’t see the life of Jesus Christ in you. They can’t see what improvement you have made in your life after accepting Jesus Christ. In 1 Thessalonian 5:17-18, we should give thanks to God in all circumstances because this is God;s will in Christ Jesus for you.
Grumbling shows that you doubt in God’s promises. No matter how many promises God made, they are yes and Amen to us (2 Corinthians 1:20). In Hebrews 13:8, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. In Revelation 3:14, these are the words of the Amen, faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.
God never tell lies and he always speak the truth (Numbers 23:19). God never change his mind (1 Samuel 15:29; Psalm 110:4; Malachi 3:6). In Isaiah 55:11, the word that goes out from God’s mouth will not return to him empty but accomplish what he desire and achieve the purpose he sent. The grass dries up and flowers wither but God’s words stand forever (Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter 1:25). If he says he will do something, he will do it, even though it may take a long time to fulfill. We must be patient and trust in God’s promise. God wants to test our faith in him.