Finally, it is good to give thanks to the Lord from a FORWARD standpoint. We learn that some things in this life simply cannot be trusted. The Stock Market. Politicians. Big business. Media. People. Ourselves. But when we give thanks, we are reminded of the One in whom we can trust for the next chapter of life. "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives." If the living God is good, has been good - then He will be good with every step I take into the future.

God's Good Will

Hebrews 13:15 gives this command to our hearts: "Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name." Also, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 is clear: "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

So, God's good will for your life is to give thanks - and there are many reasons to do it. Let the fruit of your lips give thanks to His name today. By Jesus Christ, and through His life in you, it can happen - and it will be good. He has promised.

Copyright © 2009 Daniel Henderson. All rights reserved.

Daniel Henderson is Founder and President of Strategic Renewal, a ministry focused on igniting the heart of the church through personal renewal, congregational revival, and leadership restoration for the glory of Jesus Christ. An accomplished speaker, teacher and author, Daniel travels across the U.S. leading seminars and events that motivate individuals and entire congregations to greater passion and effectiveness in prayer. With 25 years of pastoral experience, he offers individuals and churches the spiritual tools for a more intimate relationship with God.

Be sure to check out Daniel's radio show Daily Renewal at OnePlace.com.