Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
Fear, worry, anxiety, manipulation, envy, selfishness, these are all emotions and mindsets that are born of a lack of belief (or faith) in who and what God really is. It is so easy for us as humans to succumb to the fears and emotions that cause us to react in our limited, faulty, and easily manipulated logic rather then in God’s limitless Grace, Power, and Knowledge. This causes many to miss blessings, miracles, and God’s perfect will for their situation and life.
On the other hand trust, which is an expression of faith or belief, can move mountains, spiritually, emotionally, an yes, even physically. Trust (just like fear) is an emotion that can be stirred up in the mind until it takes root in the heart by dwelling on certain thoughts. One of the fastest ways to strike up faith and kill fear, is to abandon worryful and doubtful thoughts and word, and replace them is those of Thanksgiving.
When we give thanks to God for all that He has done and all that He is, our thoughts shift from the impossibilities of the problem, to the omnipotence of the problem solver, and faith arises. This is the power of Thanksgiving! When we set our hearts and minds on the greatness and goodness of God in the midst of trials and hardship, we are able to loose all fear of the storm and lock our eyes in loving gratitude and trust on the one who commands the winds and waves as we acknowledge Him for all of His faithfulness, past, present, and future.
Know that the battle begins in the mind, and the weapons of the enemy are fear and doubt while the weapons of righteousness are trust and thanksgiving. So whatsoever things are true and good, meditate upon with praise and thanksgiving (even for things not yet seen) and watch faith arise and miracles follow.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” – Philippians 4:6-9 KJV
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord , all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” – Psalms 100:1-5 KJV
“O come, let us sing unto the Lord : let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” – Psalms 95:1-6 KJV