In Slam the Door on Cancer, I discuss both the science and the Word of God regarding Thanksgiving. It is a fascinating thing to answer the question: “Thanksgiving–What’s in it for you?” There is more than you can imagine and your healing cannot be separated from thanksgiving.
In a recent post, I shared some insights on how gratitude actually impacts healing of body and soul including scientist Masaru Emoto’s “The Hidden Messages of Water”. In this post, I share Scripture to empower and encourage you to “Give Thanks in ALL Things” as the Apostle Paul admonishes us.
There is tremendous healing power in thanksgiving–in heartfelt gratitude for all blessings whether great or tiny. Whenever I minister to someone needing their healing, I encourage them to look for their healing rather than looking for continuation of their symptoms. I encourage them to express true thanksgiving for even the tiniest progress in their healing. Gratitude, itself, heals the soul and we know the connection of body and soul. Remember that King David, “a man after God’s Own Heart”, gave thanks in every circumstance.
Luke 22:17-19 (AMP)
17 And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He said, Take this and divide and distribute it among yourselves;
18 For I say to you that from now on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine at all until the kingdom of God comes.
19 Then He took a loaf [of bread], and when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and gave it to them saying, This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.
EUCHARISTEO = Thanksgiving
Charis= Grace Chara=Joy
Augustine: “Without exception all try their hardest to reach the same goal; that is joy. If the height of joy is dependent on the depth of my thanks,Then, Joy is always possible because thanks is always possible.”
1 Corinthians 11:24-26 (AMP)
24 And when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and said, Take, eat. This is My body, which is broken for you. Do this to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance.
25 Similarly when supper was ended, He took the cup also, saying, This cup is the new covenant [ratified and established] in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink [it], to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance.
26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are representing and signifying and proclaiming the fact of the Lord’s death until He comes [again].
Bread=the most common simple food.
Fruit of the vine a most essential in Jesus’ day
WHENEVER……..WHEREVER……These foods cross time and every other boundary.
Matthew 14:14-19 (AMP)
14 When He went ashore and saw a great throng of people, He had compassion (pity and deep sympathy) for them and cured their sick.
15 When evening came, the disciples came to Him and said, This is a remote and barren place, and the day is now over; send the throngs away into the villages to buy food for themselves.
16 Jesus said, They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat.
17 They said to Him, We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.
18 He said, Bring them here to Me.
19 Then He ordered the crowds to recline on the grass; and He took the five loaves and the two fish, and, looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and blessed and broke the loaves and handed the pieces to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.
Thanks precedes miracles. ALWAYS! To return to The Joy/The Eden/The Kingdom, then, key is Thanksgiving.
Matthew 15:36-37 (AMP)
36 He took the seven loaves and the fish, and when He had given thanks, He broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.
37 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they gathered up seven [large provision] baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over.
John 11:41 (AMP)
41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. :
Thanksgiving raises the dead. In the case of this Scripture, Jesus raised Lazarus.
Matthew 11:21-23 (AMP)
21 Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes [and their hearts would have been changed].
22 I tell you [further], it shall be more endurable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
23 And you, Capernaum, are you to be lifted up to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades [the region of the dead]! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued until today.
Jesus is distressed for those who lose their sanctification because they do not thank.
Matthew 11:25 (AMP)
25 At that time Jesus began to say, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth [and I acknowledge openly and joyfully to Your honor], that You have hidden these things from the wise and clever and learned, and revealed them to babies [to the childish, untaught, and unskilled].
Jesus lives out Eucharisteo giving thanks precisely at the failing time….in the midst of a mess with all hope crumbling it would seem
1 Corinthians 10:16 (AMP)
16 The cup of blessing [of wine at the Lord’s Supper] upon which we ask [God’s] blessing, does it not mean [that in drinking it] we participate in and share a fellowship (a communion) in the blood of Christ (the Messiah)? The bread which we break, does it not mean [that in eating it] we participate in and share a fellowship (a communion) in the body of Christ?
Every time we take communion don’t we enact Thanksgiving for His pain–His pouring out His soul unto death for us? Participating in the cup and bread is participation in his body–THE Body of Christ. The Eucharist invites us to give thanks for dying in order to participate in His death with our own daily dying of
self(ishness) and giving thanks for it.
Leviticus 17:11 (AMP)
11 For the life (the animal soul) is in the blood, and I have given it for you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement, by reason of the life [which it represents].
Life is in the blood……THE blood
Luke 17:11-19 (AMP)
11 As He went on His way to Jerusalem, it occurred that [Jesus] was passing [along the border] between Samaria and Galilee.
12 And as He was going into one village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance.
13 And they raised up their voices and called, Jesus, Master, take pity and have mercy on us!
14 And when He saw them, He said to them, Go [at once] and show yourselves to the priests. And as they went, they were cured and made clean.
15 Then one of them, upon seeing that he was cured, turned back, recognizing and thanking and praising God with a loud voice;
16 And he fell prostrate at Jesus’ feet, thanking Him [over and over]. And he was a Samaritan.
17 Then Jesus asked, Were not [all] ten cleansed? Where are the nine?
18 Was there no one found to return and to recognize and give thanks and praise to God except this alien?
19 And He said to him, Get up and go on your way. Your faith (your trust and confidence that spring from your belief in God) has restored you to health. (SOZO)
The one of ten who was thankful received sozo (Greek for wholeness) –mind, body, spirit. Divine health.
Psalm 50:23 (AMP)
23 He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me; and he who orders his way aright [who prepares the way that I may show him], to him I will demonstrate the salvation of God.
Thanksgiving is everything-preparing the way for God to show us His fullest salvation in Christ.
Philippians 4:11-12 (AMP)
11 Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.
12 I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want.
Thanksgiving whatever the circumstances is joy
Psalm 103:1 (AMP)
1 BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name! ALL that is within me can bless my Lord.
Psalm 68:19 (AMP)
19 Blessed be the Lord, Who bears our burdens and carries us day by day, even the God Who is our salvation! Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
Psalm 34:1 (AMP)
1 I WILL bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
I can bless VERY GOD of VERY GOD…I can DO this
Philippians 4:4-6 (AMP)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!
5 Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon].
6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
Life change occurs when we receive life with thanks and ask for nothing to change…..Thanksgiving Changes Life.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (AMP)
Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].
EVERYTHING we do in the attitude of JOY blesses our Lord and blesses us–and makes anything possible.
Luke 1:46 (AMP)
46 And Mary said, My soul magnifies and extols the Lord,
The mother of our Lord knew Eucharisteo….it was IN her
Psalm 69:30 (AMP)
30 I will praise the name of God with a song and will magnify Him with thanksgiving,
Thanksgiving and praise magnify the Lord….in our own lives
Luke 24:13-35 (AMP)
13 And behold, that very day two of [the disciples] were going to a village called Emmaus, [which is] about seven miles from Jerusalem.
14 And they were talking with each other about all these things that had occurred.
15 And while they were conversing and discussing together, Jesus Himself caught up with them and was already accompanying them.
16 But their eyes were held, so that they did not recognize Him.
17 And He said to them, What is this discussion that you are exchanging (throwing back and forth) between yourselves as you walk along? And they stood still, looking sad and downcast.
18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered Him, Do you alone dwell as a stranger in Jerusalem and not know the things that have occurred there in these days?
19 And He said to them, What [kind of] things? And they said to Him, About Jesus of Nazareth, Who was a Prophet mighty in work and word before God and all the people—
20 And how our chief priests and rulers gave Him up to be sentenced to death, and crucified Him.
21 But we were hoping that it was He Who would redeem and set Israel free. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things occurred.
22 And moreover, some women of our company astounded us and drove us out of our senses. They were at the tomb early [in the morning]
23 But did not find His body; and they returned saying that they had [even] seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive!
24 So some of those [who were] with us went to the tomb and they found it just as the women had said, but Him they did not see.
25 And [Jesus] said to them, O foolish ones [sluggish in mind, dull of perception] and slow of heart to believe (adhere to and trust in and rely on) everything that the prophets have spoken!
26 Was it not necessary and essentially fitting that the Christ (the Messiah) should suffer all these things before entering into His glory (His majesty and splendor)?
27 Then beginning with Moses and [throughout] all the Prophets, He went on explaining and interpreting to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning and referring to Himself.
28 Then they drew near the village to which they were going, and He acted as if He would go further.
29 But they urged and insisted, saying to Him, Remain with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is now far spent. So He went in to stay with them.
30 And it occurred that as He reclined at table with them, He took [a loaf of] bread and praised [God] and gave thanks and asked a blessing, and then broke it and was giving it to them
31 When their eyes were [instantly] opened and they [clearly] recognized Him, and He vanished (departed invisibly).
32 And they said to one another, Were not our hearts greatly moved and burning within us while He was talking with us on the road and as He opened and explained to us [the sense of] the Scriptures?
33 And rising up that very hour, they went back to Jerusalem, where they found the Eleven [apostles] gathered together and those who were with them,
34 Who said, The Lord really has risen and has appeared to Simon (Peter)!
35 Then they [themselves] related [in full] what had happened on the road, and how He was known and recognized by them in the breaking of bread.
Christ reveals Himself to whoever celebrates Eucharisteo with Him……Always, Everywhere Eucharisteo opens our eyes to God.
He cannot stop the intimate present, the passionate love and we can’t stop celebrating Him
Acts 2:42-43 (AMP)
42 And they steadfastly persevered, devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship of the apostles, to the breaking of bread [including the Lord’s Supper] and prayers.
43 And a sense of awe (reverential fear) came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were performed through the apostles (the special messengers).
Acts 2:46 (AMP)
46 And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts,
THE CHURCH (Body of Christ) was/is built on Eucharisteo…the body and blood…..thanksgiving is life giving…..where? HERE when? NOW
For a wonderful reading experience on Eucharisteo, I urge you to read Ann VosKamp’s book, 1,000 Gifts and visit her blog, www.aholyexperience.com . You will be blessed because you WILL realize thanksgiving within you.