Yesterday we looked at the first key element in cultivating thanksgiving which was to remeber. Today we are going to look at the second key element. This element is Proclaiming. Once we have remembered the things that God has done for us we need to take the time and tell other people about what we have remembered. There is really something very powerful about sharing with other people what God is doing in our lives.
In the book of Acts we see a very powerful example of this idea.
“When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”
To give you a little background, there was a man begging outside the temple gate. When Peter came out of the temple a man asked Peter for money. Peter didn’t have any money, but he gave him what he could and Peter healed the man. This man was so vocal in his praises to God that many people came to see what all the noise was about. As the crowd gathered Peter was given the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with a large crowd of people. As a result of that teaching many people believed the message of Jesus Christ. (Acts 4:4)
One man was loudly proclaiming thanksgiving to God for being healed and as a result many more believers are in heaven today! That is a powerful result. When we share with those around us that we are thankful for what God has done, lives will be changed.
In the book of 1 Chronicles 16:28-30 we are taught that when we proclaim our thanksgiving we remind other people to be thankful as well. When we use our voices to share with people what God has done, they are reminded of what God has done for them. They then share with us and others as well. A cascade effect begins.
This cascade effect we are told in Psalm 22:31 can have a powerful effect for many generations.
God did it, can you believe what God did for me? He did it for you too! Praise God.
Giving thanks, and Proclaiming what God has done is powerful. This is a weapon that we can use to encourage those around us as well as to encourage ourselves. When we lift up others we ourselves are lifted up. Remeber that when we allow ourselves to listen to the negative talk that so often fills our minds we become blinded to the truth that God wants us to hear. So instead of focusing on all the negative, stop and share with someone today what God has done for you.
Note: This blogs post references scripture verses taken from the following sources:
1. NIV Life Application Study Bible, Grand Rapids: Zondervan and Carol Stream: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2011 Print.
2. NLT Bible, Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc; 1996 Print.