Creflo Dollar Ministries

Dear Zoe Partner

We’ve been on a tremendous journey to uncovering keys to the prosperous life. We’ve talked about many principles over these past several months, but as I was praying, the Lord showed me that there is one foundational truth that many Believers tend to overlook. Simply put, there is power in living a lifestyle of thanksgiving. I don’t think many Christians would disagree with the fact that the Bible speaks about us giving thanksgiving to God. But what does this have to do with our ability to live a life of prosperity?

Before I explain, I want to direct your attention to Philemon 1:6, which states: “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” One of the things we have to realize is that our faith is meant to be effectual, dynamic, and powerful in its expression. In other words, faith in what Jesus did, so that you may live the prosperous life, is ultimately meant to culminate into a manifestation of what you believe so that all can see. But what does this have to do with thanksgiving?

Look at the last part of the scripture. It tells us the dynamic expression of faith comes when we acknowledge every good thing that’s already in us by Jesus Christ. This is where most people miss it. Prosperity is not some far off concept that you are reaching toward the sky and begging God for. No, it’s already in you. When Jesus died and rose again, every blessing needed for your life was already given to you the day you received Him as your Lord and Savior. Jesus meant what He said when He said it is finished. You already have it. It’s time for Believers to acknowledge all the good they’ve already been given by our Father. Prosperity is in you right now. Debt freedom is in you right now. Wisdom to generate multiple streams of income to have more than enough to pay your bills and to be a blessing to others is in you right now. However, the challenge comes when we focus on negative thoughts that cause us to spend more time dwelling on and acknowledging the problem rather than focusing on what Jesus has already given us. This is why we don’t see the effectual expression of power.

Ultimately, this is where thanksgiving becomes one of our most powerful faith weapons. It is simply one of the best ways to acknowledge everything Jesus has given you. Abraham, the father of faith, is a great example of how to effectually express the power of faith. Before he had manifestation of what God promised, and after the failure with Ishmael, Abraham tapped into something that supercharged his faith. Romans 4:19 -21 says: “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”           
Notice it says Abraham was strong in faith. Why? He was giving glory to God. In context, giving glory here means thanksgiving. Faith soars when you spend time focusing on, and thanking God for, what is already finished from heaven’s point of view. God wants us to understand that we should not believe that He will conjure up and create prosperity for us. Prosperity is already finished, and it already resides on the inside of every Believer by the Holy Spirit. Your thanksgiving directs your focus and builds your confidence in what you already possess.

There is one more aspect of thanksgiving that was revealed by our Lord Jesus. Thanksgiving expands your capacity to receive and turns on the law of multiplication. What did Jesus do before the fish and barley loaves were multiplied to feed thousands of people? All four Gospels tell us that He gave thanks (Matthew 15:36; Mark 8:6; Luke 22:19; John 6:11). Jesus must have known something about taking the little that they had and offering thanks to God. The bread and fish were multiplied, not only meeting the need but exceeding it, with more than enough left over.

Since many Believers are unaware of the truth that they are already prosperous in Jesus, when they look at the little they have in their hands, they begin to worry and complain instead of thanking God. When we shift our focus to how good God is and how much He loves us, and thank Him because He’s already made us rich in Jesus, we will begin to realize that our current circumstances are temporary. This makes it easier for us to be grateful for what we already have. Believe me, child of God; there is always something we can thank God for. Even if there appears to be nothing in the natural to thank God for, you can always thank God for the reality of what Jesus has already given to you in the spirit that will soon manifest and wipe out the apparent lack in the natural.

Lastly, when it comes to financial prosperity, Jesus wants us to understand that, from God’s perspective, one dollar is as significant as one million dollars. Why? Jesus said that what we do with the little is what we will do with the much. From God’s perspective, if you can be thankful with little, you’ll be appreciative of much. But what most people think is, I’ll become thankful once I have much. No. God has already given you much.

So, with that understanding, I want you to say this prayer:
“Father, I thank You for what I have right now. I thank You for the finished work of Jesus. Thank You that because You love me, my financial success has been sealed and ratified by Jesus’ shed blood. Thank You because I already possess it in me by the Holy Spirit. Thank You because  the lack is removed and the problem is only temporary, and the little I have in my hands I now release to You so that You can multiply it into more than enough. I am rich now because of Jesus. I am debt free now because of Jesus. I am whole in every area of my life right now because of Jesus. Amen.”

God bless you. Taffi and I love you and pray for you daily.