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| Sermon by Prophet Kobus van Renburg |
Thanks is Faith in Action
Philippians 4:4 (Amplified) Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!
1 Thessalonians 5:16 (Amplified) Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always)…
Philippians 4:5,6 (Amplified) Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon]. 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.
1 Thessalonians 5:17,18 (Amplified) Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly], 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].
Philippians 4:7,9 (Amplified) And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (Amplified) And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
God wants to preserve and sanctify you. You must rejoice and pray always. Then the promises will come that the God of peace shall be with you. The peace of God and the God of peace will be with you. It is with this that God will keep and guard you. He will sanctify you and look over you. All you need to do is to rejoice and pray always with thanksgiving. In Thessalonians he says that you must give thanks in everything.
There is something about with thanksgiving and in thanksgiving. We need the peace of God every day in your life. We need the God of peace with us daily. We need God’s protection and His holiness daily. There is things in your life that you need to leave you and here is a promise that God will do it for you and not you. God will keep you blameless if you rejoice and be thankful. You must pray and not be anxious for nothing. Anxiety is the opposite of peace. If you are anxious, you’ve lost the peace. Get rid of it.
God does not say you must rejoice and pray and give thanks. He says that you must rejoice and pray with thanksgiving. It is not a separate thing, but a combined thing. It says that you must give thanks in everything. In Ephesians 6 God says that you must put on the whole armour of God and then above all you must have the shield of faith. That is the covering of the whole thing. The same way the in everything and with thanksgiving covers the whole thing.
You can pray and ask for things, but with it thanksgiving must accompany it. The difference between simply begging and asking and the prayer with thanksgiving is that the first is without faith. You believe that someday perhaps God will answer you, but when you put thanks with it, you put faith into your prayer and thank God beforehand for the answer. Thanksgiving is faith in action. Hebrews 11:1 says …now faith in the substance of the things that you hope for and the evidence of the things that you do not see. Faith is not for something you already got.
You normally says ‘Thank you’ when someone gave you something. When you thank God that He hears your prayer, you actually receive the answer to the prayer. I once saw a vision of Isaiah 6where the angels cried ‘Holy, Holy’ and then they said the whole earth is filled with the glory of God. We do not yet see all the earth filled with the glory, but I saw in the vision there was a round cloud that was ready to burst. As I came closer there was written on the cloud ‘Prayer’ and I realized that prayer was an awesome tool in the hands of God. God showed me that a lot of glory was revealed through the ages through the prayer of men and women. Then another cloud came and it was named ‘Praise.’ He showed me that for many years people did not praise, but complained. Many churches were so sombre and dark for years, because they prayed a lot, but they did not praise. When praise came into the church the charismatic renewal started and more glory was revealed. Then there was a third cloud, but it was not big. When I look closely and it said ‘Thanks.’ God then told me that that cloud must become like the other two and things will start happening. The whole earth will be filled with the glory of God.
We must start to realize the power of thanksgiving and stop complaining and be anxious. Go to God by faith and thank Him. It is not praying and then thanks Him, but pray with thanksgiving. Your attitude becomes thanksgiving. It is not thanking Him because you’ve prayed, but thanking Him while you pray. It is thanksgiving prayers.
We use clichés like magnify and praise God. Magnify means that you make God so big in your estimation that nothing will touch you that God cannot handle. He is so big in your mind that there is nothing too big for Him that He cannot do. Nothing is impossible with God. With men it can be impossible, but not with God. Magnify God. Psalm 69:30 says that you magnify God with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is magnifying God.
Hebrews 13:15 says…let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise. That is the fruit of the lips that confess His Name that is thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is praise. You praise God when you thank Him for the cross and the blood. You magnify Him by thanking God for the things that you do not yet have. Faith is to magnify God in thanking Him for the things that you do not yet have.
In the presence of God there is fullness of joy. (Psalm 16:11) You do not struggle to rejoice, pray and praise in the presence of God. It is easy to get and prayers are answered in the presence of God.
Psalm 95:1,2 (Amplified) O COME, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation! Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!
We’ve learned that when we come through the outer court, we come with thanksgiving. Then we get to the holy place and we go in through praise. Then you go into the most holy place with worship.
Psalm 100:1-5 (Amplified) MAKE A joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing! Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]! We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name! For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.
Now it says in Hebrews 13:15 that thanksgiving is praise. When you praise somebody, you thank him. Bless also means to thank the LORD.
Psalm 106:1 (Amplified) PRAISE THE Lord! (Hallelujah!) O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!
God is good and His mercy endures forever. Thank the LORD for He is good.
Psalm 107:1 (Amplified) O GIVE thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!
Psalm 118:1,29 (Amplified) O GIVE thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.
Psalm 136:1-3 (Amplified) O GIVE thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever. O give thanks to the God of gods, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever-
When you go to God it is with thanksgiving. When you enter through the gates and courts, it is with thanksgiving. When you are in His presence it is with thanks. When you pray and praise, you thank Him. Thanksgiving is the highest form of praise and prayer and worship. God loves thanksgiving.
JESUS THANKED THE FATHER
Most people pray out of anxiety and worry. When you thank God, it takes you to the presence and you get. Change your prayers and worship to thanksgiving. When Jesus broke the bread and told the disciples that it is His body, He gave thanks to the Father and broke it.
John 6:11 (Amplified) Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, He distributed to the disciples and the disciples to the reclining people; so also [He did] with the fish, as much as they wanted.
It was easy for the disciples to get into an anxiety fit over 5000 people who were hungry and wanted food. Jesus only thanked the Father and distributed the loaves and the fishes.
John 6:22,23 (Amplified) The next day the crowd [that still remained] standing on the other side of the sea realized that there had been only one small boat there, and that Jesus had not gone into it with His disciples, but that His disciples had gone away by themselves. But now some other boats from Tiberias had come in near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
John 11:39-41 (Amplified) Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of the dead man, exclaimed, But Lord, by this time he [is decaying and] throws off an offensive odour, for he has been dead four days! Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God? So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
Jesus thanked the Father only. He did not bind and loose. He did not rebuked devils. He only prayed and thanked the Father and then the dead man was raised.
John 11:42,43 (Amplified) Yes, I know You always hear and listen to Me, but I have said this on account of and for the benefit of the people standing around, so that they may believe that You did send Me [that You have made Me Your Messenger]. When He had said this, He shouted with a loud voice, Lazarus, come out!
Jesus told the disciples that Lazarus was only sleeping. He told them to role away the stone. He told them that they will see the glory of God and then He thanked the Father. For the sake of the bystanders He said to the dead man to come out. Jesus did not need to tell the dead man to come out. He, the Resurrection and Life was standing there. Jesus’ Presence would have gotten him out only. Jesus’ prayers were full of thanksgiving.
THANKSGIVING GIVES VICTORY
Romans 7:24,25 (Amplified) O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death? O thank God! [He will!] through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One) our Lord! So then indeed I, of myself with the mind and heart, serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
Paul was asking the question who shall deliver him for the body and then he remembered thanksgiving. That got him the victory. 1 Corinthians 15:57 says …thank be to God, Who always gives us the victory. Paul thanks and did not ask for the victory.
2 Corinthians 2:14 (Amplified) But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,
If you want to have the victory and triumph, give thanks. Peace comes when you thanks. Colossians 4:2 says …be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the watch over your prayer life. It sees to it that your prayers will be answered.
In Nehemiah the walls were rebuild. Nehemiah told the people to give thanks at the wall and watch over the other wall with thanksgiving. They must watch by thanking and thank by watching. While they rebuild they thanked and watch. Thanksgiving makes you alert, while murmuring causes you to grow weary and slack. You become aware of the problem and not focus on Jesus, Who can do all things. It cost nothing to say thanks. Spend time in thanksgiving and see the breakthroughs in your life.
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