How may of us have had people say to us: “You are so ungrateful!” or “I didn’t hear you say ‘thank you’!” The word ‘thankfulness’ doesn’t rate high on our favourite words list. I think we view it like that for many reasons, especially for the one above. Thanksgiving has for many of us been in a context of etiquette or social expectation. It’s something we are expected to say when we are given a gift or something from another.
We need to change the way we see that wonderful word!
One of the words for ‘thanks’ in the New Testament is the word ‘homologeo’. This amazing word means ‘to say the same as’, ‘to agree’, ‘to confess’. I’m not sure if you’re getting the magnitude of this as yet, so let me explain a little what the Lord showed me.
Look at these verses:
Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks (homologeo) to His name.
“…for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses (homologeo), resulting in salvation (sozo).”
To give thanks is an act of faith. Thanks is agreement. It is the AMEN to the word God speaks to us. Thanks in the Kingdom comes both before and after the God-given word is fulfilled. Thanks says, “I say the same as what God has said. Despite the circumstance, despite my feelings, despite what I see that is contrary. I’m not going to agree/align myself with what I see and complain. No, I agree with/align myself with His spoken word.”
Thanksgiving understands that no word, no rhema, from God is without power for fulfillment. When He speaks, thanksgiving celebrates its fulfillment in advance because it knows God’s word is sure. Faith, thanksgiving and praise are inextricably linked. What comes out of our mouth will either aid that rhema seed into fulfillment or hinder, even choke, its fulfillment. A person who is full of thanksgiving is anchored in the rhemas of God; that is someone who knows the goodness and faithfulness of God despite anything contrary around them. They know they are not a victim of a system or at the mercy of fate. No, they are powerfully governed by the supernatural reality of God’s Kingdom, where nothing is impossible!
"Father, I repent, change my mind about what I say. I return to believing in Your word above everything else. In this place, all my complaining leaves and is powerfully replaced by an irrepressible thanksgiving. He who began a good work in me, will be faithful to complete it!"