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Rick Warren writes: “If you thank God after you’ve got it, that’s gratitude. When you thank him in advance, that’s called faith.

If someone handed you a check right now for a thousand dollars, would you wait until you cashed it to say ‘thank you’? No! You’d thank that person right away. Yet the thousand dollars wouldn’t really be yours until you actually cashed it, because that check is simply a promise. When you are given the check, you can genuinely say thanks, believing that the promise is credible and that the person has enough money in the bank to cover that amount.

Faith is like that. It is thanking God in advance.

What I’m saying is this: If God tells you to go after Moby Dick in a rowboat, take the tartar sauce with you. You’re going to have a fish fry tonight!” (Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope newsletter)