Cultivate a Heart of Thanksgiving

Cultivate a Heart of Thanksgiving

How do we stay “on” so we can continue to release God’s goodness into the rest of our 2023? We must simply continuously cultivate a heart of thanksgiving.

The New International Version of Psalm 23:5 says, “You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Overflow is the will of God. It is His desire that you live in His BLESSING, and it’s your faith in His will that connects you to the overflow and allows His will to be done in your life!

The overflow

This is where you live—it’s where you belong. This is where the floodgates of heaven are always open and where constant, abundant provision flows. It isn’t a light rain—it is a violent downpour. Every need met, more than enough, abundance—that’s living in the overflow.

The truth is, biblical reaping is not automatic. Proverbs 10:4-5 tells us we must not sleep through our harvest and allow it to stand in the field. According to Mark 4:26-29, the Lord has given us the harvesting responsibility.

How, then, do we reap our harvests?

Our harvest is called in by our words of faith.

Isaiah 41:15 (KJV) says, “I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth.” Teeth in the Hebrew is actually the word mouth. The words of your mouth, spoken in faith, are like great combines that go out into the field and bring in the harvest. We also use our words to send ministering angels out into the fields to gather up our harvests (Hebrews 1:14; Matthew 13:39; Psalm 103:20).

God is always ready to pour out His goodness.

By always being ready, we stay in the flow of God who is always ready to give out His absolute goodness. He pours out His goodness to His children through us. His Spirit of goodness was always on in Jesus and He is on in you and me. Just like He did with Jesus, He disperses His goodness through us—His Body in the earth.

Psalm 31:19 in the New Living Translation says, “Your goodness is so great! You have stored up great blessings for those who honour you. You have done so much for those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.”

God is no respecter of persons, but some people have more capacity to receive His good. That’s because they prepare for it more. They believe His Word, and act on His Word more. These people expect it more. They are receivers.

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God is not holding back any good thing from anyone.

First Corinthians 2:9-10 in The Amplified Bible clearly tells us, “What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognising the benefits He has bestowed]. Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit.”

By the Spirit—by the same anointing that was in and on Jesus and is in and on you and me—we can know all the absolute goodness God has in store for us. We should be ready to share the compassion He has given us. We can willingly show His love and deep affection by the mercy we give others as He has given us. And we can graciously give free favours as He has bestowed so many on us.

Take your tithing and your giving seriously. It is an act of worship and obedience. God says this about honouring Him with the tithe, “See if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it” (Malachi 3:10, NIV).

Anyone can be a receiver of His goodness. And we can all increase our capacity to receive. All it takes is our going from faith to faith. Hearing the Word, believing the Word, speaking the Word, acting on the Word— and thanking Him through it all. With each step, our capacity increases. Cultivate a heart of thanksgiving!

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