Giving thanks to God is a means to strengthening your faith. We’ve looked at what brings weakness to faith, which is considering the physical evidence, especially when it seems unchanging or getting worse. When you keep your eyes on a negative circumstance, it weakens your faith in God, but now we will look at something to do that will cause your faith to get stronger.
This is giving glory to, and thanking God in advance without seeing the answer yet. It is difficult for many people to do. How can you thank God for a miracle when it is not yet done? That’s where faith comes in. You must understand that God operates in ‘the now’. There is nothing like yesterday, today and tomorrow with God. Yesterday, today and tomorrow actually deals with man. As far as God is concerned, yesterday is now, today is now and tomorrow is now.
So if God says it is done, it is done. When God told Abraham, “I have made you the father of many nations”, God was talking to a man that physically speaking, had no children and whose wife was barren. God said, "I have made you", not "going to make you". Tomorrow we will take a look at the way God speaks.
In II Chronicles 20, we see the children of Israel confronted with three different armies at the same time. In the physical, their condition looked hopeless, they looked outnumbered, but when they fasted and prayed, the Lord told them to choose singers to praise Him. He said that the battle was not theirs, but the Lord’s. You thank God as though the thing has been done.
Lord, I thank you because I know you are working on my case and I have the victory already in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible in a year: Jeremiah 19:1-21:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:4-28, Psalm 82:1-8, Proverbs 25:9-10