Grace and peace to you fellow sojourners!
You most likely have heard the phrase, “little hinges swing big doors.” Imagine the two hinges are labeled ‘thank’ and ‘you.’ Those two ‘little’ words are the very hinges that will swing mighty doors in your life.
Perhaps you are in a season when your heart feels heavier with disappointment, weariness, and stress than with the lighter feeling of gratitude. Thankfully, our minds are not an out-of-control thinking machine with no navigator. As the guide to your intellect, you get to tell yourself what to think. If despondent thoughts enter your mind, you have the power to not allow those thoughts momentum by halting their progression. Instead, replace your disheartened thoughts with feelings of appreciation. This is not to say your current distressing situation is not real, but we must manage our thinking in order to be overcomers. A heart of gratitude allows those hinged doors to swing your heart, and other’s, wide open.
Paul speaks of the importance of growing in spiritual maturity, and one of the results is overflowing gratitude (Colossians 2:7). Being thankful is a small hinge that shows the ‘old self,’ the enemy, and the world that by the power of the Holy Spirit you intend to designate gratitude as a watchman of your soul. If our heart chooses to not respond to God with gratitude, our thinking will become nonsense, and our mind will be darkened (Romans 1:21). Choosing not to respond to God does not make our decision neutral; choosing not to choose is still choosing. In order to be the watchman of our soul, we must guard ourselves with gratitude.
I have included over 20 verses below for you to use to kindle and fuel your thankful heart. Please read through these verses. They WILL bless you.
“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.” Psalm. 7:17
“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalms 9:1
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.” Psalms 28:7
“I will praise the name of God with song, and shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.” Psalms 69:30
“O Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Psalms 95:1-3
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalms 100:4-5
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalms 103:1-5
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalms 107:1
“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever.” Psalms 118:29
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalms 136:1-5
“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Ephesians 5:20
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29
“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.” Revelations 11:17
“Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen!” Revelations 7:12
Thank you, Lord, that by the power of the Spirit I can harness my will and say, “Not my will but Yours.” I choose to guard my mouth against flippant, bitter, foul, and critical speech. I opt instead to guard my mouth with gratitude. I desire to speak with sincere appreciation regarding my fellow sojourners and my current life situation. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray, amen.
In His grace,