Topic: Benefits of Thanksgiving [Tuesday 21, February 2017]
Read: Psalm 50:14-15 (KJV)
Bible in One Year: Genesis 6-8, Isaiah 42:10-25
Without any iota of doubt, the Lord has been so good to us. He has never
ceased to be faithful and kind. If it had not been for the Lord on our
side, the devil would have destroyed us. We are who we are in Christ
because of the goodness of God. For these reasons and many more, we need
to make thanksgiving our lifestyle. Thanksgiving is an indispensable
activity for every child of God. For our lives to experience the
blessings of the Lord on a continuous basis, we need to thank Him. I
sometimes marvel when I see people complain about their situation.
Before complaining about your situation, take a critical look at another
man’s situation and you will realise that you have enjoyed the goodness
of the Lord. A lifestyle of thanksgiving can make a lot of difference
in our lives within a short time. Through thanksgiving, lost glory can
be restored, as was the case with King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:34-37).
When you adore and reverence the Almighty God, when you acknowledge Him
as the source of your wealth and greatness, and see all you have
achieved as being made possible by His hand, then God will be committed
to preserving all He has given you.
Thanksgiving is the door that ushers you into God’s blessings. For His
greatness, goodness and wonderful works to the children of men, we must
thank Him. The only reason why many of us are not on the street begging
is because He is our Great Provider. We walk with our shoulders high
because He is our Defence and Deliverer. He remains our Rock and source
of strength in every situation. Wherever we gather together as a
congregation, I tell my children to praise and thank God wholeheartedly.
Thanksgiving is not something you do in a hurry because God also takes
His time as He blesses us with unprecedented miracles. There are
blessings reserved for those who thank the Lord. He will always launch
them to the realm of unimaginable favour.
Our thanksgiving will only be acceptable to God if it comes from a heart
of worship. For you to worship God in truth, you must live a holy life.
Believers will always win the battles of life, as long as there is no
impediment to their worship of God. We must be able to lift up clean
hands and a pure heart to our Maker at all times (Psalm 24:3-4, Philippians 4:6).
We must be honest and upright in character and reflect the nature of
God in our dealings. Keep your heart pure so that your joy can be full.
With a pure heart, you can make your request known to God and there will
be instant response from the throne of grace.
Key Point: Those who come before God with thanksgiving can never live by the mercy of men.
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Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,
one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
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