Thanksgiving is the best way to go

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.”* How do we get into the presence of God? A good way to do it is with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving ushers us into the presence of the Lord. God is in His praises as well. Thanksgiving and praise together make a powerful combo that gives us access to the Lord on a higher level. When I first started being more serious about my relationship with Jesus, I was instructed to start my prayers with thanksgiving and praise. I discovered that I could have church in the privacy of my home. I would start with many thanks and then sing to the Lord. The presence was out of this world and to this day it is the best thing I experience every day. Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving, friend. If you have never done it or if you don’t do it on a regular basis, I strongly encourage you to start. It will change your day. It will change you. It will change your relationship with Jesus. It is the best habit you can have. Thanksgiving is always the best way to go.

If you are not sure how to pray or how to connect with God, start with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the key that opens the gates of blessings and the gates of Heaven. Thanksgiving is a punch in the face of the enemy. It is a rejection of negative thoughts and a determined move towards positivity. It is acknowledging that God is supreme and putting Him on a pedestal. It is a declaration of love and it is a declaration of victory. Thanksgiving is an expression of faith and a burst of joy. Thanksgiving is telling Jesus that you adore Him and telling the enemy that your God is worthy of your praise and more powerful than the adversity. Thanksgiving is how you should start any conversation with Jesus. It is how you should start your day and how you should end your day. Thanksgiving releases the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. The Holy Spirit promotes Jesus and always points to Jesus. His power is unleashed when you also point to Jesus and lift Him up.

Every day I can choose to praise the Lord or I can choose to stay in my head and let negative and disruptive thoughts brew in my mind. Giving thanks to Jesus is always the best idea. It actually helps me deter negative thoughts. When those thoughts come to me, I go into thanksgiving mode. Try it. It will change the way you handle your thoughts. It will give you a reason to rejoice and it will show you how much beauty and hope there is in the Lord. That beauty and hope can be brought into your life when you give thanks every day. Heaven joins you when you give thanks. You can also say that you join Heaven when you give thanks. Heaven is the best place to be spiritually at all times. When we complain, whine or entertain negative thoughts and words, we step outside of Heaven and hang out in the places of misery and doubt. Those places are dead ends that don’t lead anywhere. Thanksgiving is the best way to go because it will always put us in a better place. The gates of Heaven open up when we give thanks and we are in the right place. Make thanksgiving a habit, friend. Praise Jesus as much as you can and thank Him as much as you can. It is going to change your spiritual life and embellish your life in general. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 100:4*; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Colossians 2:6-7

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