Thankfulness is fuel for your faith!
Each one has a destiny in Christ! It's a long trip. In fact, it can take a lifetime. Faith is the vehicle that takes you there. But, just like a car, you've got to be mindful of the fuel and stop along the way to fill up your tank.
Your "thank" is the tank for your faith. So the question is, is your "thank" full? Or, is your "thank" empty? Thankfulness plays a critical role in reaching your destination. Without it you will never reach the gates of the city of God. Psalms 100:4-5 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."
Thankful comes from the Hebrew word יָדָה yâḏâ. Strongs Concordance says. "it is from 3027; literally, to use (i.e. hold out) the hand; physically, to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands)....cast (out), (make) confess(-ion), praise, shoot, (give) thank(-ful, -s, -sgiving)."
Thankfulness is fuel for your faith. It is an attitude of the heart that is demonstrated through what we say and do. The lack of thankfulness is actually one of the signs of the times. Romans 1:20-22 says,
"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Professing to be wise, they became fools,"
The word translated thankful in this scripture means to be grateful, express gratitude or say grace at a meal. The Strongs Concordance says that the root word for grateful is a word that is translated joy or rejoice in the New Testament. Joy, rejoicing and gratitude begin in the heart and result in a variety of actions (joy, laughing, smiling, dancing, singing, and acts of kindness) that is clear for all to see.
When people's "thank" is full, faith is progressing towards their destiny and that vehicle is full of joy.
Signs of the Times - Un-thankfulness
2 Timothy 3:1-5
"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!"
Don't be tricked by a false religion. Be thankful. Be counter-cultural! Be a transforming agent. Introduce people to a vehicle that takes them to the glorious end of their journey in Christ. Give them the a taste of the joy that Christ offers for it's one of the keys to tapping into His great salvation.
Isaiah 13:2 Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.
Be Vigilant and Watch Your "Thanks" Gauge
Colossians 4:2. says
"Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;"
Vigilant means to watch or to be watchful. We need to monitor our thanks during our times of prayer just like we monitor the fuel gauge in a car. If the tank is empty, the car quits running until you fill it. If our "thanks" are full, our times of prayer will be seasoned with expressions of gratitude, appreciation, the lifting of hands, honor, adoration, rejoicing and other forms of worship. All this is based on love and faith and faith works by love (Gal. 5:6).
Above All Do This
"But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."
Founder and overseer of KLI, and the spiritual architect of 1Church1Day & Operation Rolling Thunder.