//Kenneth W. Hagin
There Is Power in Thanksgiving
This is the season of thankfulness. It's a time to count our blessings and praise God—a time to be thankful for what He has done for us.
Psalm 100:4–5 (NKJV) says, "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations." The Lord is good! He not only created us, but He personally takes care of us. He is working for us right now. And even when we don't feel like it, we need to give thanks and praise to Him.
That's the real test of our Christianity, isn't it? Can we thank God in every situation thrown our way? Paul and Silas could. They were beaten and locked up in chains in an inner prison. (See Acts 16:16–34.) They could have grumbled and complained. That would have been easy. But Acts 16:25 says they began to pray and sing praises to God.
In a bad situation, these men chose to give thanks to their Heavenly Father. They weren't giving thanks because of their situation. They were giving thanks because they knew God was their source. And He delivered them!
Likewise, we don't give thanks to God because of circumstances. We give thanks to God because we know He's our deliverer! First Thessalonians 5:18 says, "Thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live" (Message).
It's not always easy to thank God in difficult situations, but that's what we're supposed to do. Why? Because there is power in thanksgiving! Continually thanking God strengthens our faith. It keeps our expectancy level up. And when our faith is strong, we'll be able to endure every situation successfully, knowing we will have the victory God has promised.
Whatever you're facing today, I encourage you, don't quit! Instead, start thanking God. Begin to count your blessings. Your faith will be strengthened, and you will come through victorious.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!