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Thanksgiving - The Power of Thanksgiving

Tim Russ

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(Acts 16:25-26 KJV) And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. {26} And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.

We live in a world that is just too busy. Sometimes God has to slow us down or even sit us down to get our attention. Paul and Silas were going about the Lord's work when they cast a demon out of a slave girl.

This enraged those who were making money from her ability to foretell the future. They had them hauled before a judge and told lies about them in order to get them thrown into prison. Paul and Silas had been following God's lead and had been specifically directed to Macedonia to preach the Gospel and had already encountered some success.

Now, they were stripped and beaten then they were taken to prison. Just being jailed wasn't enough, though. They had their feet put into stocks inside their cell. Now if anyone had a right to grumble these two did. They chose to pray and praise God instead.

God had set them down to focus on exactly what needed to be done. Even though they were doing his will and going about his work of spreading the good news they still had to be put in a position where their entire focus was upon the Lord.

They were Roman citizens and could have easily brought severe judgment upon the city by simply invoking a common law. It was illegal for anyone to punish a Roman citizen without a trial. They didn't choose that route. They didn't choose to grumble or complain either. They took this time out from their ministry to be thankful. They prayed and they sang praises to God.

God is generous with his blessings. When he heard the thankfulness of Paul and Silas he made certain that everyone in that city, indeed in that region, knew he was blessing them. He caused an earthquake. Then he not only caused the locks on the stocks to be unlocked he unlocked their prison cell. He didn't stop there, though. He unlocked every cell in the prison.

Want to shake up your world for Christ? Stop grumbling and start thanking him. Often we need to be placed in a position where the only option is God before we focus our attention on him instead of on the work he has given us.

God releases people who give him thanks but that thanks we give to God doesn't just bless us. It overflows like a river of life and spills into the lives of those around us. God's power does not know limits. It isn't restricted to blessing only Christians, but Christians are the conduits through which his blessings flow.

(1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV) In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Tim Russ is the Publisher & Editor of Believers Bay Magazine. Believers Bay is published monthly but has an active forum which creates a close community of believers from around the world.

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