John 11:41–42 - 41… And Jesus lifted up His eyes & said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42And I know that You always hear Me…
After Jesus had said these words, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And the man who had been dead for 4 days came out of his tomb!
This is one of the greatest miracles that Jesus performed. Lazarus had been dead for 4 days when Jesus raised him 2 life. Wouldn’t u agree that death is indeed an extreme problem? Having no money in the bank, being sick & losing your job, bad as they are, are not as bad as being dead!
But what I want u 2 see is this: If Jesus, in the most extreme of problems, shows us that the solution is still, “Father, I thank You,” then how much more should we thank God in the midst of the less serious problems we face. If thanksgiving can raise the dead, then let us give thanks in spite of the negative circumstances & we will see victory.
Unfortunately, we tend 2 do the opposite — murmur & complain. But murmuring & complaining only magnify the problem. Thanksgiving, on the other hand, is the language of faith which pleases God. I am not saying that we give thanks 4 the problems we have. No, we thank God that He is our answer & that He has already given every blessing 2 us. (Ephesians 1:3) “But Pastor Prince, what I have is so little.”
My friend, thank God 4 the little u have & it will multiply. Jesus thanked His Father 4 the 5 barley loaves & 2 small fish, a little boy’s lunch, & they were multiplied 2 feed more than 5,000 people with 12 baskets full of leftovers [fragments]! (John 6:8–13) And notice that when the Holy Spirit talked about this event again, He specifically mentioned the Lord giving thanks — “the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks”. (John 6:23) The Holy Spirit seemed 2b more pleased with the act of giving thanks than the miracle of multiplication or the 12 baskets full of leftovers.
Beloved, the more u thank God, the more u please Him. What little u have will be multiplied & whatever is dead in your life will be raised 2 life!