When someone gives you a gift, courtesy says, “Thank you!” The thank you means you believe you have received. This is significant in the spiritual realm as well.
First Corinthians 15:57 states, “But thanks be unto God which giveth [who gives or is giving] us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Since Christ is living in every believer (Gal. 2:20), then God is giving us the victory—Jesus. Since God is giving us the victory, let us be taking what God is giving—the victorious life Himself. Take what God is giving and say, “Thank you!” The thank you means you believe you have received. Then, with what you’ve taken, you can act with the confidence you will be filled with Christ’s life. As you do, you experience Jesus. This is the life of “trust to obey.”
In this Thanksgiving season, may we be reminded of what we have available in Christ all the time. Jesus lives in us. Therefore, God is giving us the victory. But it is by faith. “Christ lives in me … by faith” (Gal. 2:20). So take the provision of Christ living in you and say, “Thank you!” Receive what God is giving so you can then act with the confidence of supernatural enabling.
May we truly give thanks to God who gives us the victory—Jesus!
John Van Gelderen