Thanksgiving (eucharisteo, from which we get the word Eucharist) means to be aware of our blessings and be filled with gratitude. Thanksgiving opens the treasure vaults of the kingdom.
As I write this article, another story about in John 11:41-43 about Jesus "lifting up His eyes" came to mind.
At the tomb of His dear friend Lazarus, Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, "Father, I thank You that You have already heard me" (see John 11:42).
Imagine this kind of assurance! Jesus didn't need to beg or intercede. A command to the dead was all that was needed: "Lazarus, come forth" (John 11:43b, NKJV).
We see that the Father hears us before we pray (John 17:1-2).
Thanksgiving is a holy declaration of what we see when we lift up our eyes. Let the fruit of our lips give thanks as we confess our Eucharist blessings out loud together:
— The God of love has an unfolding plan of love for me.
— I am a brand-new creation in Christ.
— I am not who I used to be!
— I am destined to spend eternity with God, beginning now.
— I have already been delivered from the kingdom of darkness.
—I am pardoned from sins because of that inestimable gift of God.
— I am already a joint heir with Christ.
— Jesus died to restore me to the dominion authority of the garden.
— I am already seated in heavenly places with Christ.
— I am already co-crucified with Christ (Rom. 6:6, 11, Col. 3:1-4).
— I am already co-buried with Christ (Col. 2:12, Rom. 6:3-4).
— I am already co-resurrected with Christ (Col. 3:1, Rom. 6:9).
— My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
—The fullness of the Godhead bodily dwells with me.
— I am already co-seated in heavenly places with Christ (Eph. 2:5-6).
— I am already made alive together with Christ (Eph. 2:1-2, 1 Cor. 15:23).
— I am already partners with God for His plan concerning every living human being.
— I am already part of Christ's body today on earth.
—I am already a royal priest (1 Pet. 2:5).
—I can draw near to God's presence and fellowship anytime.
— I can access total sozo for my body, soul and spirit and become whole in this lifetime.
— Every day is holy, set apart and designed for me.
— I am God's honored representatives on earth.
— I am not of this world (James 4:4, 1 John 2:15-18).
— I can overcome evil with good (Rom. 12:21).
—I was created for His glory (Isa. 43:7) and can manifest His breathtaking glory on earth.
— I do not falter in difficulties or stumble.
—I can put on His love and walk in absolute trust and confidence of His power, wisdom and goodness.
My friend, be encouraged to add to this list what God has done for you.
"Lord, we lift up our eyes to You and give You thanks" (1 Thess. 5:18, Eph. 5:20).
Dr. Kluane Spake is considered one of the apostolic pioneers in the arena of preaching about "the Finished Work of Redemption," apostolic church government and gender and racial equality. She is an international apostle, speaker, author of over 30 plus books, mentor and friend to the body of Christ. The passion and mandate of this ministry is to bring restructuring and reformational concepts to the church to provide more accurate, biblical understanding that will cause believers to shed preconceived, incorrect religious notions; to explain how to personally apply the infallible Word of God. Please see her book "Connecting" for more about co-existing on earth as it is in heaven, rightly-dividing.com. Visit her on Facebook, YouTube, the Apostolic Mentor website, the School of the Apostles website and her personal website, kluane.com.
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