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      ThanksLiving: Recipe for Victory

      • Always keep your words soft and sweet; just in case you have to eat them.
      • If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague. 

      Every great recipe has to have just the right kinds of ingredients to create a masterpiece! 


      Ingredient #1 Fix Your Thoughts on Something Good!


      Phil 4:8 TLB

      Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.


      • You can’t dwell on something bad and expect something good to happen for you!
      • Sometimes ThanksLiving is just a new APPROACH to an OLD PROBLEM 


      How could you re-write your sign about your circumstance that would unlock favor and blessings in the midst of your battle? It may or may not change the issue of your challenge but it will move you from a place of self pity to a place of powerful praise that can change so many things for your good!



      Ingredient #2 Be Thankful when it’s hard to find a reason to!


      1 Thes 5:18 (NKJ) …in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 




      • Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.


      Ingredient #3 Focus on What you Want to Happen instead of what’s Happening!


      2 Cor 4:17-18 NLT

      17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.


      God quickens the Dead and Calls those things that be not as though they were. 



      • You want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy. 


      Ingredient #4 Praise God for Victory when you’re under Attack!


      Quick backdrop on Jehoshaphat and Tribe of Judah

      • They receive bad news
      • The future is bleak
      • They come under Attack
      • They begin to fear, but set themselves to SEEK the LORD before FEAR Dominates
      • God gives them both Courage and Direction
      • They Worship before the battle as though they’ve already won
      • They Face the Enemy not with Natural Weapons but with Weapon of Praise


      2 Chron 20:21-24

      21 After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang:

      “Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!”

      22 At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. 23 The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other. 24 So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.



      Your Praise can turn a Valley of Battle into a Valley of Blessing!